DallasCowboys.com Staff Writers Share Their Gut Feeling For Cowboys vs. Colts

For most teams trying to close out their home schedule with a 4-4 mark, they’re usually not at the 10-win mark. But that’s been the case for this Cowboys’ team who is a perfect 7-0 away from home, but has just three wins at AT&T Stadium, the site of Sunday’s showdown with Andrew Luck and the Colts.

The Cowboys don’t need to worry about their surroundings, knowing they need just to keep winning to claim the NFC East title.

Here are the gut feelings for staff writers Nick Eatman, Bryan Broaddus and David Helman.

Bryan Broaddus: This game against the Colts comes down to one simple factor for me – can this Cowboys secondary match up against these Colts receivers and tight ends to take them out of the game like they did the previous week against the Eagles? My gut feeling is that they can. With the likely hood of no TY Hilton in the lineup it will certainly make their job much easier. The Colts will not be able to run the ball and with their make shift offensive line getting pressure on Andrew Luck is a real possibility. I expect that the defense will take an aggressive approach in the way they attack Luck but also do the same with these receivers. Look for plenty of man coverage across the board denying windows for Luck to throw balls in which when that happens tends to hurt his accuracy. Cowboys secondary wins this game 31 to 17.


David Helman: Maybe I finally believe this team is different from the ones that came before it, because I actually feel confident that the Cowboys can handle business this weekend. I know DeMarco Murray and Zack Martin might play hurt, and Doug Free doesn’t look likely to play at all. I wouldn’t feel good about that if this were Week 3, but the end is in sight. If the Cowboys can find two more wins – or potentially even just one – they’ll have reached the playoffs. That in itself is some strong motivation, especially since the Colts are already in the tournament, and they’ve got injury problems of their own. So it comes down to this: I think Dallas can stuff the Colts’ ground game, putting the burden squarely on Andrew Luck’s shoulders. Luck is good enough to win this game on his own, but he’s got some pretty stiff competition on the other side of the ball. Even with the injuries, I think the Cowboys can grind out 150 total rushing yards, and Tony Romo will have another interception-free game. Luck is probably going to flirt with 400 passing yards, but the defense will force him into a late-game mistake that clinches the win – something like 34-30.


Nick Eatman: All of these gut feelings were written before the Eagles-Redskins game finished. But to me, it doesn’t really matter. I think the Cowboys will treat this upcoming game as if their backs are against the wall, or to seize the moment and go win the division. Either way, this team is playing well right now and I don’t think being at home or away will matter. This crowd will be a good crowd and give the Colts a little bit of trouble- but not much. I think the Cowboys’ offense will be on point and that includes Murray. He may not be 100 percent but he’ll be effective enough. I still think Randle will get some touches and make the most of them. But this secondary for the Colts will have problems all day. Look for Beasley to have another big day as Indy tries to figure out how to stop Bryant but will leave holes. The Dallas defense will do just enough at the end and hold off Luck in the fourth quarter. I see a 28-24 win for the Cowboys.

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Mariah Carey Basks in Christmas Chart Reign at NYC’s Beacon Theater: Concert Review

The singer takes over the three-tiered venue for a sold-out, six-show run that spotlights her two holiday releases

Few musicians settle into and succeed in the Christmas season like Mariah Carey. Despite her underperforming album releases over recent years, come each December, she reliably reclaims the holiday chart’s top spot with her original pop track, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The upbeat seasonal love song released twenty years ago has now held the top spot for a record fourteen weeks — and counting.

It’s an opportunity worth seizing, which Carey finally has — with a sold-out, six-show residency at New York City’s Beacon Theater, ornamented with a red curtain covered in tinsel and snowflakes and topped with an illuminated “MC” wreath. Compiling an 85-minute set list from her 1994 album Merry Christmas and her 2010 follow-up Merry Christmas II You (as well as a few non-holiday hits), Carey decadently delivered all the (very, very) high notes of her many holiday favorites, leaving the audience wishing to Santa for more.

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Though the concert run comes two weeks after her widely scrutinized, televised performance earlier this month of her signature hit at the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony, ticketholders eagerly shed their coats and scarves (but kept on their “MC” Santa hats) for her third show on Thursday. After a little girl in a pink tutu began the show with a short “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” ballet, Carey was revealed in front of Christmas tree and framed by oversized snowflakes, wearing her first of three sparkling mermaid gowns with deep necklines, and powerfully belted the first of fourteen favorites into her gold microphone — each time, meeting the vocal demands she recorded two decades ago. The crowd cheered after every complicated run and ceiling-scraping note, as her right hand (dressed in a fingerless glove) either mapped out her notes, pushed her ear shut or held the hand of one of her dancers while traversing the oft-crowded stage.

During Carey’s wardrobe changes, audiences were distracted by kid-filled skits and songs, including a “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” tap dance and a “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” duet, as well as Broadway Inspirational Voices’ choir performances of “Carol of the Bells” and “Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child” — the latter led by Carey’s notable backup singer Trey Lorenz. Her stage was occasionally stuffed with too many acts at the same time — at one point, audiences found themselves watching aerial acrobats, hip-hop dancers, kids and the choir — and pulled out every festive stunt (a dancing snowman, a gift-tossing Santa Claus and choreographed reindeer all clock in throughout). And some scripted pre-song banter fell relatively flat in comparison to her fun, candidly-sung comments of affection to her band and audience — though seemingly introduced like a duet, Debbie Allen randomly appeared to only inform of her current chart reign, and during a chat about what Christmas feels like, Carey asked one child to “do it like we did in rehearsal.”

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Whatever the minimal missteps, they were very quickly forgotten whenever Carey began another beloved track — usually from her first holiday album. She shined brightest on the choir-assisted “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” and hit the show’s highest note while nearly alone and simply standing still for the octave-jumping “O Holy Night.” And though she comically shut down the first few bars of “Heartbreaker” — “That’s the wrong show, come on!” she laughed — Carey told her fans that someone instructed her, “Mimi, emancipate yourself to sing one or two” of the old ones: “Emotions,” “We Belong Together” and a freshly-phrased “Hero.” She, of course, closed the heartwarming show with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” complete with every single dancer onstage, plus metallic confetti and fake snow. Because besides the holiday season altogether, dominating a tally for fourteen weeks (out of eighteen total) — and reminding everyone that you actually haven’t missed too many beats over the past twenty years — are definitely cause for decadent celebration.

Set list:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)
Charlie Brown Christmas
Oh Santa!
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Silent Night
Joy to the World
When Christmas Comes
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration
Christmastime Is in the Air Again
O Holy Night
We Belong Together
All I Want for Christmas Is You

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It’s funny looking at this, because I been telling my dj management team Skam Artist,this Hiphop shit bout to take over,I can see it in the crowds faces,young white girls coming up to me like,pls go dj,I’m sick of this shit!

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