Cowboys news: Mike McCarthy offering praise for KaVontae Turpin’s development

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McCarthy discusses Turpin’s offensive explosiveness – Patrik Walker, DallasCowboys.com KaVontae Turpin is an explosive player who is becoming a major component of the Cowboys attack.
That truth was on full display against Jack Del Rio’s defense, or what was once his defense, when Dak Prescott dropped back on 3rd-and-6 in the fourth quarter with the Cowboys leading 31-10 to fire a dot down the seam for a 34-yard touchdown to Turpin.

McCarthy’s masterful planning and execution, as well as Prescott, Turpin, and others (e.g., Brandin Cooks pushing the CB to take his poison), rewarded Turpin with his third receiving touchdown of the season.”The post route he runs, you can’t run it any better,” McCarthy remarked about the play. “His angle, his stride, his timing are all stress that he puts on the safety and then you can see the safety react off of Brandin — going off the redline — I think that’s a clear picture of the details and the specifics that Turp is playing with right now.”He has four offensive touchdowns for the Cowboys through 11 games after being zeroed out offensively in 2022. In comparison, he was only targeted as a receiver twice last season.”He’s gonna continue to grow and he’s done a really good job in that receiver’s room,” he said. “I’m really proud of that young man.”

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Dak Prescott continues to win. His recent play has been recognized by the oddsmakers, and he is now in the running for a rare NFL honor. We had the chat only nine days before. On November 16th, we discussed how Dallas Cowboys (-6.5) quarterback Dak Prescott’s odds for this season’s MVP awards appeared far too low. The topic of Prescott may be polarizing, which is why we tried to make the talk factual and more from a position of confusion than anything else.We mentioned in that post that MVP is a mostly narrative-driven award, and Dak hits all of the boxes that a Hollywood scriptwriter would want to include in the ideal scenario. Obviously, you have to play well to earn the award, and Dak has maintained the high level of play that he was in when we last discussed this topic.

Prescott’s most recent appearance was on Thanksgiving Day, during a game that was watched by about 41.5 million people. Given his spectacular stat line, it stands to reason that his odds for the award in question will improve, but they have shot to the moon.A peek at the MVP odds on Friday morning revealed that anyone who chose Dak at +3500 had to be feeling pretty good about themselves. We’ve dropped into the triple digits, which is a huge reduction. Prescott is now priced at +850 to win MVP at DraftKings Sportsbook (the odds we’ve always used). The current odds (as of late Friday night) are shown in the first slide, while the odds from the past are shown in the second.The lines shifted little from Friday morning to Friday night. If you’re curious, Patrick Mahomes went from +425 to +400, while Tua Tagovailoa went from +550 to +600 (after playing on Black Friday).But, returning to Prescott, he represents the only real significant shift in terms of change between November 16th and November 24th. The odds for Detroit Lions (-3) quarterback Jared Goff have also risen, however his performance on Thanksgiving Day likely have the opposite effect on his candidacy as Prescott’s considering how bad it was.

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Now that the celebrations of this week are done, we can shift our attention to the NFL games this weekend. The Cowboys are one win behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and the playoff situation is becoming clearer with each passing week. Here’s what you should be pulling for today.The Cowboys still have a chance to win the NFC East. They have a 9% chance of winning the division, according to the New York Times playoff probabilities. They will, however, require assistance. The Eagles’ victory over the Chiefs improved their record to 9-1, while the Cowboys fell to 8-3. The Eagles already have a head-to-head victory, so the Cowboys have one more chance to beat the Eagles and gain ground in the postseason race.Essentially, the Cowboys need two unexpected losses from the Eagles and then they must dominate the remainder of the season. One of those shocking defeats could occur this week against a Buffalo Bills squad that is facing adversity. According to the New York Times, a win over the Eagles increases the Bills’ playoff odds from about 29 percent to 45 percent. With a loss, their chances drop to 19%.

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With a 32-6 win over the Jets last week, the Bills appeared to get their offense back on track. When Josh Allen is at his best, the Bills have a chance to defeat anyone. With the 49ers facing the Eagles next week, they might be on a two-game losing streak when they face the Cowboys again in Week 14. Because the Eagles end with the New York Giants (twice), Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals, that is the greatest conceivable scenario for the Cowboys’ NFC East aspirations.There isn’t much possibility of anyone catching Dallas for the No. 5 seed. The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks are now the closest wildcard teams at 8-3. They are both 6-5. The Cowboys have a two-game lead, but it doesn’t hurt to watch the other wildcard teams demonstrate their mediocrity in the final weeks of the season. In that spirit, fans should root for the Vikings to falter against the Bears on Monday Night Football in the NFC North. The Bears are out of the playoff picture, but they still have a lot to play for.

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Because they possess 1-9 Carolina’s pick, Chicago might end up with the No. 1 pick. That means Justin Fields may be on the field to persuade his team that they don’t need to choose a quarterback with that pick. This works in Dallas’ favor because the Bears have no motivation to tank. Fields returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 5 to lead the offense to a 31-26 loss to the Detroit Lions. This provides them a chance to pull off an upset and put a bigger gap between Dallas and the other wildcard clubs.

 


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