The Pulse: A Guide to Watching Thanksgiving, Germany’s Protest and Defending Turkey

Start each morning with The Pulse in your inbox. Register here. happy thanks giving! Turkey is good, weirdo. Find a sofa Rating your football watching strength You will have obligations today. Chat with some relatives. Maybe a political argument or two. I’m late for FaceTimes? Possible. Prepare for that, sure, but most importantly, I want you to strategize when and how to be in front of the TV today. It’s just good training. Let’s say you can’t watch football all day. Prioritization is the key: 1. Can’t miss: Bills (-9.5)…

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Cowboys notebook: DeMarcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott injury updates, newest OBJ

DeMarcus Lawrence surprisingly revealed Thursday that he expects to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but he’s been struggling with injuries to both his feet and his right knee. The Cowboys started left defensive end and then added that he thinks there may be a fracture as he had foot surgery last year. Lawrence said, “It’s all about trying to preserve what I have, but also take care of me all week so I can be fresh (on Sunday).” Lawrence missed 10 games last season with a foot injury. DeMarcus…

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Why the Cowboys had the worst defensive performance this season

What should one take from the path we find Dan Quinn’s defense on these days? The season is beginning to turn in a direction that certainly does not please the Cowboys. After a healthy bye week, they allowed the most yards of their season by a good margin (415 yards when the previous high was only 371). One could argue that overtime boosted the Packers’ total, but the former (Chicago) rally was bolstered by a game that was ill-timed for most of the second half. They allowed season-highs in points…

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Cowboys offense was productive, but third-down woes, interceptions costly

Sunday was not a bad offensive performance by any stretch of the imagination. But, that is the very nature of our sport sometimes in that you can do many things well and accomplish most objectives, yet you still lose. That is very annoying and frustrating, but it happens every week. Not every team that loses was flat-out lousy. Sometimes you are very good and still not good enough to win on the day. Sunday was just that. The Cowboys’ 421 total yards of offense should be more than enough to…

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NFL picks against the spread: Vic Tafur’s Week 9 predictions

I can’t even win right. I jinxed my first winning week of the season, celebrating a 9-4 start (that should have been 11-2) on social media and dancing in the street. I then lost the two night games. The Bills should have covered the 11.5-point spread Sunday night against the Packers but Green Bay got the backdoor cover to spoil one of my best bets. The Bengals then got blown out by the Browns in the Monday night game. Our best bets went 1-2. Along with the Bills failing to…

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Cowboys notebook: Dak Prescott’s ankle, CeeDee Lamb’s new role, breakout candidates

As the portion of practice open to reporters was coming to a close on Thursday, Dak Prescott was not on the field. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback revealed a couple of hours later that his name would be appearing on the injury report. “As you know, that’s this league,” Prescott said. “If you don’t report a hangnail, you’ll get fined. But I feel great. I still feel the best I’ve felt in a very, very long time. Not even comparable to where I was last year going into this game. So,…

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Chargers training camp: Derwin James returns, highlights from practice with Cowboys

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers held their 15th practice of training camp Wednesday at Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex. It was the first of two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys. I spent Wednesday’s practice watching the Chargers offense against the Cowboys defense. On Thursday, I will focus on the Chargers defense against the Cowboys offense. Here are my observations, notes and takeaways. Derwin James returns The contract negotiations between the Chargers and Derwin James finally reached a conclusion Wednesday morning, with James agreeing to a four-year extension that…

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Ex-NFL GM Voices Major Concern for ‘Overwhelmed’ Cowboys

Getty Dak Prescott continues to back Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. It’s early, but it might be time to sound the alarm about the Dallas Cowboys. No team was called for more penalties than the Cowboys, who averaged eight per game in 2021, and Dallas picked up exactly where they left off in the 2022 preseason opener against the Denver Broncos as they were flagged 17 times. In fairness to the Cowboys, head coach Mike McCarthy sat the vast majority of the players expected to make an impact on Sundays…

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Cowboys camp mailbag: Coming home from Cali with questions to answer

One final piece that will have California sand sticking to it a bit, I offer you the “airplane home from training camp” mailbag and observation desk, as they have allowed us to use our airplane trays and I may begin seeing what you want to discuss. My first thoughts about camp would remain what they usually are. I don’t understand why anyone would rather have camp anywhere else, as that portion of Southern California has what must be the world’s perfect climate. People then usually line up and tell me…

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