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    June 26, 2019 1:22 AM PDT

    At the midway point of the NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys already can taste the playoffs. Shaquill Griffin Jersey .The Cowboys have won six straight games since a season-opening loss, have the leagues two most dynamic rookies and are clicking on all cylinders.The Cleveland Browns just want to taste what its like to win a game. At 0-8, the leagues only winless team is sputtering toward a date with history as the fifth club to fail to emerge victorious in a regular-season game. The other four teams are Dallas (1960), Tampa Bay (1976), Baltimore (1982) and Detroit (2008).The Browns face a tall challenge to crack the win column on Sunday (1 p.m., ET) when they play host to the Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Fox.Dallas offense is ranked fourth overall and its defense is 12th.If the task was not daunting enough for the hapless Browns, the Cowboys have won five of their past seven road games and on Wednesday were anointed as the second-best team by Las Vegas oddsmakers.Dallas has been installed as a 7-to-1 favorite to win the Super Bowl, only behind the 8-to-5 New England Patriots.According to, Football Outsiders pegs the Cowboys as having a 94.5 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 64.3 percent chance of landing a bye.At the rate the Browns are going, they will have 100 percent chance of landing the top pick in next years draft. If they do, they can take a lesson from owner/general manager Jerry Jones and his staff, because its the play of two rookies that has lifted Dallas to elite level.Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth overall pick out of Ohio State, leads the league with 799 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Elliott gives the Cowboys attitude out of the backfield, toughness between the tackles and deceptive breakaway speed that has helped the team average a shade under 165 yards rushing a game.Elliotts sidekick, quarterback Dak Prescott, has high praise for his fellow rookie.He has been good because of the way he practices every day throughout the week. It transfers on Sunday. He is a guy that he goes to score a touchdown every rep of practice, Prescott said. He works hard in the weight room, in the film room and it just all pays off on Sundays.Prescott remains entrenched as the Cowboys quarterback. All hes done since taking the helm of the offense when Tony Romo went out in the preseason with a compression fracture in his back is complete 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,773 yards and nine touchdowns.Prescott, Dallas fourth-round draft pick, is coming off his first sub-par performance on Sunday when he was tested but still able to rally the Cowboys to a 29-23 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.When it counted most, Prescott played with poise and came through. His 22-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant tied the game with three minutes left. He completed all five pass attempts in overtime, including a game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten.Prescott didnt let his early struggles get to him with the game on the line.Im not going to stop, he said. I dont care how bad I play early on, I dont care really what I do, Im not going to give up.This was supposed to be the week when Romo would return, but he was ruled out by both Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.My opinion is that we want him to have some more strengthening work done, Jones said earlier in the week. Hes really doing well -- probably as well as at any time last year, as far as aspects of strength in his back is concerned. But hes got some more to do.The earliest Romo could return would be Nov. 13 at the Pittsburgh Steelers. But neither Jones nor Garrett were tipping their hand.The Browns only wish they had a similar decision. Six players have taken snaps for Cleveland this year. They have combined to throw nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.From Robert Griffin III to Josh McCown to rookie Cody Kessler with a sprinkle of Terrelle Pryor Sr., Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan, Cleveland surprisingly has been competitive.Kessler went 0-5 as a starter before a concussion knocked him out and elevated McCown back into the starters role against the New York Jets last week.The Browns blew a 20-7 lead only to lose 31-28 to the Jets. McCown completed 25 of 49 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw both interceptions in the second half.Coach Hue Jackson finally made the decision on Friday to go with Kessler for Sunday and the rest of the season.Because I need to know, Jackson told reporters of the decision. I dont want to just say if (Kessler) does great that doesnt mean that were not going to draft a quarterback, because I think youve got to always have quarterbacks. Youve got to keep taking shots until you have the guy that you feel is going to do what you need done.But you need to know whats on your team, and the more Im around guys, the more that I see them in different situations and play under duress and stress and pressure, the more Im going to know about them. So, this is an opportunity for Cody to demonstrate that. But more so than that, its an opportunity for him to go out with his teammates and help them get a win.Kessler getting the start pits two close friends against each other.Yeah, that is my boy. Me and Cody have known each other since junior year of the Manning Camp, junior year of college, Prescott said. He is a great guy, fun to just hang out with, a fun guy to just be around. He is probably one of the better friends I have at the quarterback position throughout the league.Kessler will have to try to survive a swarming Dallas defense led by linebacker Sean Lee (69 tackles) and Tyrone Crawford (3.5 sacks).A big boost to the offense should be the return of rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman. In two games, Coleman had 173 yards and two touchdowns. He broke his hand in practice the following week and has not played since.Everything is perfect, healed up just the way we wanted it to, Coleman said Monday. I am excited to get back out there with the guys. I know they have been working extremely hard trying to get a win, so I am happy to be back out there.Rumors swirled around a number of Cleveland veterans as the trade deadline came and went on Tuesday. Veteran left tackle Joe Thomas was still with the team, as was the Browns best defender, cornerback Joe Haden.The Browns did make a deal that raised eyebrows around the league and sent a conditional third-round pick to New England for Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins, who said he wasnt fazed by the trade.Im good. Im ready to move on, he said. I am a workaholic. I am going to give you what I have every game and every day regardless. You are going to get my plays.Collins will be counted on to shore up the leagues worst defense. The Browns give up 29.8 points per game and give up the second-most yards on the ground per game at a shade under 144 yards.If the Cowboys have a weakness that the Browns might be able to exploit, it is in the defensive backfield where both safety Barry Church and cornerback Morris Claiborne are out.For the Browns, Pryor (hamstring) and Thomas (knee) both missed Wednesdays practice and are listed as questionable. Jamie Meder Jersey . 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This is just a first opinion. Injuries and ineligibility could change the fate of a team.1. Duke Blue Devils Grayson Allen should be the preseason player of the year. Amile Jefferson is back, and a stellar recruiting class comes in.2. Kentucky Wildcats John Calipari will not rebuild, he will reload. DeAaron Fox will be special at the point guard slot. Isaiah Briscoe has a year of experience that will help.3. Villanova Wildcats The defending national champions have Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins returning. Coach Jay Wright is glad they didnt enter the NBA draft.4. Kansas Jayhawks Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham form an outstanding backcourt. Look for big things from diaper dandy Josh Jackson.5.?North Carolina Tar Heels Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson ... a lot of experence returns.6. Michigan State Spartans Miles Bridges will become a star in East Lansing. Eron Harris will step up his game and develop into a consistent, double-figure scorer.7. Louisville Cardinals Last years top scorers are gone, so guys like Donovan Mitchell and Ray Spalding will have added responsibilities. Keep an eye on diaper dandy V.J. King.8. Virginia Cavaliers Tony Bennett always gets the most out of his talent. London Perrantes is the team leader, and big things are expected from transfer Austin Nichols.9. Xavier Musketeers Chris Macks team will make more noise this season. I love Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner.10. Indiana Hoosiers Thomas Bryant will have to step up his production inside. The Hoosiers also need a healthy James Blackmon Jr.11. Oregon Ducks If Dillon Brooks started the season healthy, I would have had the Ducks higher. Dana Altman has a special group.12. Wisconsin Badgers Nigel Hayes has stated hes hungry. Bronson Koenig is a clutch performer. Greg Gard will have a Big Ten contender.13. Arizona Wildcats Newcomer Rawlee Alkins teams up with Allonzo Trier for coach Sean Miller. Bobby Wagner Jersey. . It helps to have Ray Smith back from injury.14. West Virginia Mountaineers Bob Huggins team will always scrap and claw, playing tenacious defense. Backcourt play is a key with Daxter Miles Jr.?and Tarik Phillip.15. Purdue Boilermakers I love the size inside with Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas. Vince Edwards is an underrated forward.16. Connecticut Huskies Kevin Ollie will expect big things from Rodney Purvis. Amida Brimah has to stay healthy in the post. Transfer Terry Larrier from VCU is a nice addition.17. Maryland Terrapins This is going to be Melo Trimbles team, and I think he is going to enjoy a monster season.18. Saint Marys Gaels Randy Bennett has a roster loaded with experience and a desire to make the Big Dance after being left out last season.19. Texas Longhorns Shaka Smarts kids will get better and better as the season rolls on. The Longhorns lost their top scorers from last season but can show balance this time around.20. Syracuse Orange Jim Boeheim had to be happy to add Nebraska transfer Andrew White III late in the process. Tyler Lydon will be very tough to stop.21. Florida State Seminoles Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes decided to return, making Leonard Hamilton very happy.22. Gonzaga Bulldogs It helps to have transfers Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) and Jordan Mathews (California) stepping in. They will miss Kyle Wiltjer.23. San Diego State Aztecs Guard Trey Kell is one of the top players in the Mountain West. Malik Pope will improve and Montaque Gill-Caesar (Missouri) is an important transfer coming in.24. Iowa State Cyclones Monte Morris will have a lot of pressure on him. Cyclone fans will miss Georges Niang.25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Mike Breys team will surprise a lot of people. V.J. Beachem gets his opportunity to shine on a nightly basis.26. Cincinnati Bearcats 27. 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