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    The Cowboys just can't catch a break or at least they can't seem to enjoy riding a wave of good luck. When your best example of good fortune is captioned with the phrase, "It could've been worse." things just aren't rolling your way. It's so messed up being a Cowboys fan. Just when you think you're back on top a bad call in a playoff game or an injury to your QB steps in to slap you back into reality. The Cowboys have finally found a good backup and QB of the future candidate and Romo gets hurt and the kid is pressed into service. But wait! Hold the fort! The new kid is pretty frickin' good and you have won a couple of games in a row for the first time since Week 2 of last year. Then you get another steaming load of good news.
    1) LT Tyron Smith has had back spasms and was out the last game and his status for this week is on shaky ground.
    2) LG La'el Collins tears a ligament in his big toe and is out indefinitely

    What this mean is 2/5 of your much heralded offensive line is in the training room instead of the field.

    3) Your best WR, Dez Bryant is tackled on Sunday night in which his knee bends the wrong direction and he's down on the field and you're thinking, OMG he just tore his ACL. However, Dez gets up and heads to the locker room with a trainer and you wonder if it's the end of the season for Dez. Wait, what's that? Dez is back on the field and he's catching the first ever TD pass from Dak Prescott in the second half of the game. You breathe a sigh of relief and move on thinking all is well.
    4) Dez got x-rays that showed nothing wrong with his knee but he was supposed to get an MRI on Monday. Monday came and went and no MRI. Tuesday came and went in the same fashion and we're all thinking across Cowboys nation WTF! Yesterday Dez missed practice but he was really, really supposed to get the MRI done. Later in the day we found out Dez actually went and got the MRI and the results are that Dez has a hairline fracture in the bone at the top of the lower leg (the tibia) where it connects to the knee. Sounds bad but reports are Dez could actually play this week against San Francisco. Here's where the "....it could've been worse." thing comes in. Personally, if resting a week or two will be better for Dez' knee, especially in light of this JJ Watt mess, let's err on the side of caution. We can thank our lucky stars it wasn't an ACL but we don't want to jeopardize Dez's long term health by rushing him back into games. The Cowboys may not need Dez against San Francisco but we'll definitely need him against the next three opponents Cincinnati, Green Bay and Philly.

    Here's a gif of Cowboys fans finding out Dez doesn't have a serious injury.

    https://giphy.com/gifs/dancingwithth...xRsDpwPs9BSdfG

    There is still trouble is Dezworld. By missing his treatment and failing to show up for an MRI on Tuesday Dez is going to be fined by the Cowboys who probably still don't know why Dez took so long to get the MRI done.

    Dallas is glad they didn't listen to fans who wanted to trade G Ron Leary in the offseason. If was for the reason of just what has happened, an injury on the O-line that requires a good backup be available to step in and play. Leary was the starting left guard last season until he was injured and La'el Collins took over. It was clear Collins was going to be the starter as the 2016 preparations began way back in the spring. Leary saw the handwriting on the wall and asked to be traded but the Cowboys refused and they kept Leary in the Cowboys fold. Now, the Cowboys will reap the dividends of a smart personnel decision. Leary, for his part, is happy for this opportunity to remind the NFL GMs he can play because Leary will be an unrestricted free agent next year and it's pretty clear Dallas is going to lose this guy.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ew-opportunity

    Back to the Dez or not to Dez category. Dak Prescott is so confident in the team he says, ".....we have the guys to get the job done." if Dez can't play this week against San Fran. It's a little cocky and a lot confident. You gotta like the kid's moxy so far.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...9t-play-sunday

    Here's the injury report from yesterday's practice for both Dallas and San Fran.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/team/injury-report
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    The mystery about why Dez didn't show up for treatment. Here's what the last three days were about. Sunday night Dez was told something about his knee that apparently inferred that he had a serious knee injury which cause him to miss a lot of games. With that limited information Dez, was avoiding facing up to potentially bad news by not showing up for the MRI and treatment on Monday. It was the same story Tuesday when he didn't show up on the team's day off to get the MRI and treatment. Somewhere in this time frame Jason Garrett indicated that they had communicated in an indirect way with Dez to let him know he had to get his butt into the Cowboys facility and get the MRI done. Dez showed up on Wednesday and he missed a team meeting while he got the MRI. In today's press conference with Jason Garrett he explained the timeline of the past few days. Garrett also explained that Dez didn't handle the situation the right way and that he has been told what he did wrong and they expect Dez to do a better job in the first place. Garrett said that when the MRI came back and injury was not nearly as serious as Dez and maybe the Cowboys thought it was everyone was relieved. Dez did not practice today but he was moving around better than he was yesterday. Some on the Cowboys podcast The Break criticized Garrett for airing out the saga of Dez since last Sunday. I'm not sure what the argument is because Garrett didn't throw Dez under any buzz, he just told the facts of the last few days. I'm sure behind closed doors Jason Garrett asked Dez what the f**k he was thinking hiding from his responsibility to the team and to himself. It's not really out of character for Dez, being child-like and immature. Considering his upbringing he is still childish in his thinking and his behavior. He's definitely gotten better since he was drafted but there is still a lot of immaturity in him. If you caught the part earlier that Garrett got in touch with Dez indirectly, which means Dez didn't answer when the Cowboys called but Garrett communicated to someone who could contact Dez that he needed to get into the Cowboys facility. Another sign of Dez' immaturity by hiding in his closet like a little kid to avoid bad news. I'm sure there was a Leave It To Beaver moment when Jason as Ward Cleaver had a heart to heart with The Beaver, played by Dez, over what he did wrong. The local Dallas media is pissed because in the weekly conference call to the opponent's media, this week San Francisco, they are under the impression that Garrett told them about Dez before he told the Dallas media about it. Wah, wah. In today's press conference with Jason Garrett the Dallas media tried to roast Garrett which Garrett didn't allow to happen by his answers. Here's a link to Garrett's press conference this morning.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...yant-situation

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    Dez could still play but everyone around The Star in Frisco don't think so. So, the Cowboys will have to expect either Terrance Williams or Brice Butler to step up and make a difference. The scouting report on the 49ers is that their secondary is not very good and a couple of players who are good are out with injuries. The Cowboys want to run the ball but the strength of the Niner's defense is the front seven highlighted by LB Navarro Bowman. The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks abused them but they were on the road. At home, in the first game of the season, the Niners shutout the Rams 28-0 on a day when Rams QB Case Keenum admitted he didn't know what the hell he was doing in that game. Frankly, I believe him because he sucked and I don't think it was all because of the 49ers either. The consensus is that Dallas has a better team even without Dez and they should win. You get the feeling from DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus that he doesn't think the Cowboys can run as well as they did last week against Chicago but he thinks the Cowboys will win the game. His colleague Nick Eatman is pessimistic about the Cowboys chances and he thinks Dallas will lose. He feels that Dak Prescott will struggle on the road and even though Dak has been playing well people are looking for that bad rookie mistake filled game. It could be this week but with Blaine Gabbert the 49ers QB and not looking very good you would have to think Dallas has a big advantage in the QB matchup. If Gabbert does struggle then folks might see Colin Kaepernick for the first time on the field in 2016. It would be a different challenge for Dallas who has trouble stopping the run anyway and if you throw in the read-option the way Kaepernick can run it Dallas will face a big challenge. The hope is if Kaepernick is pressed into service it's because Gabbert has struggled and Dallas has a big lead and I'd be okay with that, especially the big lead part. The big questions are, can Dallas stop Carlos Hyde and can the Cowboys offense thrive without Dez? If the answer is yes to both questions then Dallas will beat San Fran tomorrow afternoon. Another thing in Dallas' favor is they seem to focus better on the road with an "us against them" mentality which is a good thing. Finally, Dallas has a stretch of 3 games in four weeks that are going to be a real bitch. Cincinnati, Green Bay and the suddenly resurgent Eagles are ahead and how they survive that stretch of games will go a long way toward whether or not Dallas is good enough to make the playoffs. If Dallas goes into that stretch 2-2 losing 2 or all 3 of those games will be a disaster. If Dallas is 3-1 it will not be as bad. Don't make a mistake, I'm not saying it wouldn't suck to go 1-2 or 0-3 in that stretch but if the Cowboys are 2-2 it will be simply awful to the Cowboys chances of winning the division and making the playoffs. With all that said what the heck is going to happen? Some contend it will be a close game and others feel like it could be a blowout that goes either way. Vegas thinks Dallas will win as they've made them 3 point favorites on the road. Me? I have to go full on homer where my Cowboys are concerned in this game because of the historical rivalry between these two teams. I just don't ever want to lose to this team so ......................................

    Dallas 33 San Francisco 12
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    Dallas won 24-17 in San Francisco yesterday which is what we wanted them to do. It looked a little shaky at first when the 49ers went up 14 zip on the Cowboys but the team behind Dak Prescott didn't panic and they came back to tie the score just before the half on a nice Prescott to Brice Butler TD. It was a dog fight all the way but Dallas O-line was the difference in the game as they kept opening up big holes for Zeke Elliott to run through and his way to 22 carries for 138 yards on the day. Dak threw for 245 yards but he didn't offset his 2 TD passes with two picks the way Brock Osweiler did. He continued to make good decisions and the one bad pass he threw that could've, and probably should've, been intercepted was dropped. Dak wasn't perfect in the game especially throwing to his right. He was high all day on 8 yard out routes but he got the job done with TDs to Butler and Terrence Williams. My one gripe was late in the game with the opportunity to go up by 2 scores Dallas had a 1st and goal at the one and they failed to get the TD which would have completely eliminated any hope San Fran could come back but they had to settle for Dan Bailey FG. Instead of the score being 28-17 it was only 24-17 giving the Niners the hope they could come back and tie the game and sent it into overtime. The thing was the defense, after giving up two quick TDs in the first quarter settled down and stuffed the 49ers for the rest of the game allowing just one field goal in the final 3 quarters. That field goal came in the 3rd quarter giving the 49ers a brief 17-14 lead. Dallas came right back and retook the lead at 21-17 with an impressive 10 play 78 yard drive in their second possession of the 3rd quarter. The Cowboys final points came on that Bailey 22 yard FG with 4:15 left in the game. The most impressive play of the game came on Dallas' last possession of the game. The Cowboys stopped San Francisco on the possession after their FG with a failed 4th and 6 at the Dallas 35. Blaine Gabbert threw a short pass to WR Torrey Smith on the right side of the field but Morris Claiborne knocked Smith out of bounds after just 3 yards. Dallas took over at their own 32 needing to run out final 1:49 of the game. That wasn't going to be easy if Dallas didn't get a first down because the 49ers had all 3 of their time outs. The Cowboys committed a false start on first down that made it 1st and 15 from their own 27 and Zeke only made 2 yards on the next play. The play of the game was a bubble screen called by Scott Linehan on a play action to Zeke to Cole Beasley who weaved his way for 49 yards down to the Niner's 24 yard line. I swear I was calling for a pass play because the 49ers were stacked at the line expecting the Cowboys to run the ball. It was a great call that forced the Niners to use their last time out on 1st down and two victory formation kneel downs later Dallas had win number 3 on the season.

    Dak has set a rookie record of 138 straight passes without an interception so far this season.

    Zeke went over 100 yards for the 2nd week in a row.

    Cole Beasley led the Cowboys in receiving yards with 66 on 3 catches. Jason Witten had the most catches with 7 for 47 yards and the other WRs for Dallas did, in fact step up without Dez on the field. Terrence Williams had 4 catches for 44 yards and a TD while Brice Butler had 5 catches for 41 yards and a TD.

    Chaz Greene did another good job in relief of Tyron Smith at left tackle. Greene maybe had one penalty the whole game and he and the other sub starting for Dallas Ron Leary protected Dak pretty well and their run blocking was excellent as was the whole line's work yesterday in the run game. Dallas gained a total of 194 yards rushing as a team which is very good indeed.

    It seemed like every time Zeke broke a long run Troy Aikman was pointing out what a good job Zack Martin did opening the hole. Martin, in particular, had a big day for the Cowboys.

    Morris Claiborne played his ass off. He defensed several passes, he intercepted a pass when the 49ers were driving and returned it 27 yards to the Cowboys 34 and he made the play on Torrey Smith at the end of the game to stop the 49ers on fourth down.

    CB Antonio Brown, who played for an injured Orlando Scandrick had a nice game too. He had a couple of big passes defensed in the game.

    Last but not least, I heard Sean Lee's name mentions a bunch during the game. He had 9 solo tackles and one assist as he seemed to be everywhere yesterday afternoon.

    The Cowboys pass rush is still a work in progress as they only got one sack on the day that was recorded by Tyrone Crawford in the 2nd half. Still, the way the Cowboys held Carlos Hyde to just 74 yards rushing and the 49ers to just 106 total rushing yards. Couple that with holding them to just 196 yards passing and the Cowboys defense did a nice job on the day.

    Fantasy owners should have taken note that the 49ers seem to have a new favorite receiver. That would be former NY Jet Jeremy Kerley who led the Niners with 6 catches and 88 yards with a TD on the day.

    The Redskins beat Cleveland who can't seem to stop shooting themselves in the foot and the Eagles, along with the Packers, were on bye week. The Vikings and Giants play tonight and it would be sweet if the Giants lose in Minnesota. Dallas is 1/2 game back of Philly for the division lead. Philly is 3-0 while Dallas is 3-1. New York is next at 2-1 and Washington brings up the rear with a 2-2 record in the NFC East. If the Giants were to lose that would leave Dallas alone in 2nd place in the division.
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    OG La'el Collins tried to avoid it but he underwent surgery to repair the torn ligament in his big toe yesterday. The Cowboys have placed him on IR as he will immediately be facing rehab of several weeks. Collins and the Cowboys were hoping rest and rehab would be enough to help Collins but after consultation with 3 different specialists it was decide that Collins' best option for his long term health would be surgery. Fortunately, the Cowboys kept former starting guard Ronald Leary and it is the opinion by many that Leary is actually better than Collins at this point in Collins' career anyway so Dallas was smart not to trade him as many fans wanted Dallas to do.

    Another frustrating item for Jason Garrett to worry about is their kicker of all things. Prior to the San Francisco game the Cowboys stayed at a local hotel which DallasCowboys.com writers reported a having very soft mattresses and pillows. Some folks like that but, it could be a coincidence, Dan Bailey woke up with his back hurting Sunday morning. Bailey missed a 47 yard kick attempt in the first quarter of Sunday's game and he didn't just miss it, he hooked it badly. Dallas has enough problems with backs on their roster without having to worry about Bailey. Tyron Smith has missed two games with a bad back. Rookie DE Charles Tapper is on IR because of his back. Tyrone Crawford has had issues with his back and everyone knows about Tony Romo's back problems. I'm tired of this crap. C'mon Lord, can't you give the Cowboys a little break here? You know you're oppressed when the friggin' kicker is hurting. Dallas personnel department is probably scouring all available kickers in case this isn't a temporary thing caused by a soft mattress. One really good option may be a kicker Dallas took to Oxnard this summer. Matt Wile, a UFA from the University of Michigan, went to training camp with Dallas as an extra leg to keep from wearing out Dan Bailey. Wile is used to a big stage and he was a decent kicker while at Michigan. He was an UFA when he came of out college in 2014 and was signed by the Carolina Panthers after the 2015 draft. From May 8 to August 30 Wile was signed and cut 5 times before his final release in late August. He was signed by Dallas in March with an eye on training camp and he was among the final cuts on September 3rd. Wile is also able to punt if it comes down to it if Cowboys punter Chris Jones is injured which, considering the crap for luck Dallas has had so far, isn't too far fetched.

    As of 12:01 Monday morning DeMarcus Lawrence was no longer on suspension and he will be back in the DE rotation this week when Dallas takes on the Cincinnati Bengals. Lawrence was the Cowboys sack leader last season with 8 sacks to go along with 31 QB pressures (2nd on the team) and 56 tackles. He finished 2015 with at least one sack in 7 consecutive games. These all came when Lawrence was moved from right (strong side) defensive end to the left (weak side) defensive end position. The Cowboys knew way back in the spring that Lawrence was going to be suspended but they gave him a lot of reps in OTAs, mini camps and training camp with an eye on his return. He should be slightly rusty and bit out of football playing shape but if he's in rotation at DE he should be good to go. It was reported that he was impressive during training camp so his return could be a real shot in the arm the Cowboys pass rush needs.

    There has been a lot of talk (by me) about the upcoming stretch of games that will challenge the Cowboys and Dak Prescott prior to the return of Tony Romo. It's true the next 3 games will be very challenging as Dallas faces Cincinnati, Green Bay and Philly after their bye week but the Cowboys have a very tough schedule ahead of them this year. The NFC East plays the AFC North and the NFC North and that isn't chopped liver my friends. With or without Romo Dallas will play the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals and Browns with no real easy game in that list. You might figure Cleveland is an easy one but no, if you've been paying attention, Cleveland is playing decent ball this season and they have some real playmakers like Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor to play with. Then you go to the NFC North and the Cowboys face the Vikings, Packers, Lions and Bears. Who know what you will get from Detroit. They have been up and down and last week they were down losing to a Bears team Dallas spanked two weeks ago. There is no break with the Vikings and Packers as the Vikings strength is their defense and they have already beaten Carolina on the road and the Packers at home among their 4 victories so far. Dallas is supposed to have a last place schedule because they were last in the NFC East last year but I don't see a break on the horizon. This first four games were the easiest stretch Dallas has this whole year. That's okay. What Jimmy Johnson used to say about the tough NFC East in the early 90's was that it made them battle tested. If they survived a regular season with those teams on the schedule twice they would be ready for anything in the playoffs. If Dallas runs the 2016 gauntlet with a record that gets them into the playoffs they will surely be battle tested. As a matter of fact they will be playing a schedule full of playoff caliber teams. If Dallas goes 10-6 or 11-5 with this schedule they would have to be considered legit contenders for a Super Bowl come January. I don't want to get ahead of myself, let's just try to beat Cincinnati this week, okay?

    I was asked by a coworker yesterday if I thought Tony Romo would get his job back when he is healthy enough to play based on how well Dak Prescott has played so far. I said I felt like this was still Romo's team and he will get his job back. I heard a reply to this same question on the Colin Cowherd show yesterday on replay going home from work. I wish I had Colin's answer when my coworker asked me my opinion. My coworker listened to me but it I had the answer Cowherd had he might have believed me. Cowherd pointed out that we all have to tap the breaks on Dak a bit. Yes he has looked impressive but the Cowboys first 4 opponents haven't been all that good. The best of the bunch was the Giants in Week 1 and Dak and Cowboys lost that game. The real litmus test will come over the next 4 weeks when Dallas faces the beginning of what I already said was a brutal schedule over the last 12 weeks of the season. Playoff caliber teams with more good players throwing the kitchen sink at a rookie QB. All this without their starting left tackle, their stud WR and now maybe their Pro Bowl kicker. Romo could handle all this because in 15 years he's seen it all. He is not easily fooled. Many contend that if Romo was healthy from day one of the season the Cowboys would be 4-0 because the Giants would not have gotten that one point win to begin the season, Dallas would have won by 7 or 8 points at least. Dak is a really nice prospect for the QB of the future but this is still Tony's team, especially given his status in the hearts and minds of Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones. They want Tony to win a Super Bowl and not get it sitting on the bench but directing the Cowboys on the field. Romo deserves that for the crap he's been through. He deserves it for a Hall of Fame caliber career that will never happen if he doesn't get a ring at the helm of the Cowboys ship. A ring sitting on the bench doesn't do anything for his legacy. Jones and Garrett know this and they want Tony to get a ring, especially Jones. Those are the reasons Tony will get his job back when he's healthy. You can also consider that Romo is 15-4 in his last 19 starts so to say Romo is washed up is wrong to assume it's just that the most popular player to fans is the backup. It happened to Troy Aikman, to Emmitt Smith and people are in love with Dak so it is happening with Romo now. The thing is, if and when Tony struggles in his first game or two back you will really hear it from fans but if Garrett stays the course and Tony doesn't get hurt again he will be the good Tony after that just like what happened in 2014. Remember? Dallas didn't play Tony in the preseason much at all and he got "Romo days off" because he was coming off back surgery. He struggled in Week 1 in a loss to San Francisco and he struggled but less so in a Week 2 win over Tennessee and he just kept getting better week to week as Dallas ran off 6 straight wins. He missed a game and a half when he got kneed in the back in Week 8 and missed half of that game and he was out the next week against Arizona, both losses, because of the broken transverse process bone in his back. Romo returned in Week 10 and the Cowboys finished the season going 6-1. Their only loss was to Philadelphia on Thanksgiving, a short week of rest, that was avenged with a win over Philly in Philly in Week 15 that really put them in position to take control of the NFC East division lead. The Cowboys won 3 of the 4 games Romo started last year losing only to Carolina on Thanksgiving on a short week after beating Miami the previous Sunday. If you have a concern, don't play Romo on a short week. Give the spot to Dak. It protects Romo giving him ample rest before he next start and gives Dak a little more experience. I'd be cool with that. Romo wouldn't but he's not the coach so if Garrett were to work it like that then Tony wouldn't have much to say about it. Good grief I should be a coach, except that I'd suck at it.

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    Does anyone remember who the Cowboys 2nd round draft pick was this year? Time's up. The answer to this Jeopardy question is, "Who is Jaylon Smith?". We remember Smith's story. Top 5 talent who fell to Dallas in the second round because of a devastating knee injury as well as nerve damage suffered in his last college game with Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl this past January playing against current team mate Ezekiel Elliott. He tore his ACL and his LCL which he had surgically repaired shortly after the game. The real issue with his recovery was the fact there was nerve damage in the knee and ankle and the time table for that to heal was not a medical issue it was time. The nerve needed time to begin to function again. No medicine, no magic elixir is available to help the nerve recover is available. Time is Smith's friend and his enemy. The Cowboys will certainly give Smith time to heal because they believe when he is healthy again they will have superior athlete at a position of need. As time tick-tocks away Smith is still waiting on the nerve to 'wake up' and that the main item of concern that saw his draft stock tumble wasn't so much when he fully recovered it was IF he ever would recover. As the link below shows Smith is making definite progress. In the article you will be encouraged by the things Smith says he able to do now as he goes through rehab and conditioning work. Within the article is a link to a tweet Smith posted that roused the curiosity of the local media. Smith said in an interview with the media yesterday when questioned about the tweet he said it wasn't necessarily about his knee but rather being thankful for the situation he's in. Maybe but it seemed like he was happy about something like maybe the fact that he can feel his nerves starting to respond in significant way. Jerry Jones said earlier in the week he was not ruling out the possibility that Smith would be on the field this season and, in the article, Smith wouldn't rule out playing this season either. Logically, you'd have to think that Jones and Smith are exercising their right to practice wishful thinking but you never know. Personally, I know it generally takes a full year to come back from an ACL surgery. An ACL with significant nerve damage? I wouldn't try to push anything to rush a player who is likely a franchise type talent back too soon. I would give Smith the whole year off and look toward 2017. By the time the draft rolls around and OTA's start at the end of April, first of May he will have had a full 16 months to heal, to train and to be really ready to play football again. That would mean that Dallas will essentially have two 1st round picks stepping on the field for them next May.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ry-news-report

    I don't know why God hates his team so much that he keeps bringing pestilence down upon them. It's almost biblical the way Dallas is plagued with injuries in the past few years. Maybe it's me concentrating on the Cowboys but I watch the Texans too and they aren't besieged by the amount of injuries they have to deal with the way Dallas has been. I'm not even talking about Jaylon Smith anymore, he was a calculated risk the Cowboys took in the draft in much the same way they did with Sean Lee and Bruce Carter back in the 2010 and 2011 drafts respectively. All three players were selected in the 2nd round of the draft after they fell because of torn ACL's suffered in their last year of college. Sean Lee is a star on this team and after undergoing a rash of injuries in his first few years Lee has been a cornerstone of the Dallas defense. Bruce Carter could also be considered a success as well, though not the extent Lee has been, but he was good enough to make significant contributions to Dallas 2014 12-4 playoff team before leaving when he became a free agent after that season. That's why you can't consider them to be in the conversation of the blight of injuries Dallas has had to endure. It's not just injuries but also suspensions that have taken their toll on the Cowboys. Dallas needed pass rushers so in the past 3 drafts and free agency Dallas has selected DeMarcus Lawrence (suspended 4 games for substance abuse this season), Ben Gardner (bust) in 2014, Randy Gregory (suspended 14 games this season for substance abuse) and Ryan Russell (bust) in 2015 and this year Dallas drafted Charles Tapper (on IR with a bad back) not to mention a failed attempt to help themselves by giving troubled DE Greg Hardy a second chance in the NFL after domestic violence issues got him cut by Carolina and made him a Marvel super villain in the process. Hardy was a head case who never got the fact that life wasn't back to normal because he was the poster child for domestic violence around the NFL, even surpassing Ray Rice. Dallas was crucified in the media for the signing but the Cowboys believed their support staff could help Hardy but before you can help someone they have to admit there is a problem. Hardy never admitted to anything and Dallas cut bait with him as soon as the season was over. The NFL still hasn't forgiven him because as of right now, in Week 5 of the 2016 season, Hardy remains unemployed. Jerry was hoping he was getting a new millennial Charles Haley who came to Dallas as a troubled player. The difference was that Haley was crazy in large part to being ADHD whereas Hardy is just crazy with violent behavior thrown in. Back to the injury thing. In the last season and a half the Cowboys have had to deal with a rash of injuries to key players. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have missed significant time. Defensive lineman Terrell McClain and Tyrone Crawford have either missed significant time or played through injuries that left them a shell of the players they could be. Throw in a crap load of injuries to their backup D-linemen and you understand why Dallas has struggled so. There is no position group unscathed. Orlando Scandrick was out all of 2015 with he tore his right ACL and MCL in training camp. He was also suspended 4 games in 2014 for substance abuse. Throughout the first four years of his pro career CB Mo Claiborne battled one injury after another and was constantly burned in the press for being a bust after Dallas traded up to the 6th pick in the 2012 draft to get him. The injury plague has swept through the entire defense and it has caused misery to their starting QB and best wide receiver over the last year and a quarter and now it's started in on the O-line. It began with G Ronald Leary getting hurt at about the mid point of 2015 allowing another guy Dallas got on the cheap because of off field issues, La'el Collins, to step in for him. Leary recovered but never got his job back until last week when Collins suffered a torn ligament in his toe that landed him on IR. Collins' season may or may not be over but his allowed Leary to regain his starting left guard position. Dallas made a good decision not to trade Leary in the offseason for a defensive end. Doug Free has been hurt causing him to miss time over the last 2 seasons and he's currently playing through some minor stuff right now. Next the Cowboys starting All Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who hadn't missed a down since being drafted in 2011, is out with a bad back missing the last two games. His replacement Chaz Green, a 3rd round pick out of Florida last year missed all of 2015 because he needed surgery to repair a hip injury suffered in training camp. Green was given a lot of snaps in preseason because Tyron Smith was held out because of back soreness and the extra work paid off as Green was able to step in for Smith the past two weeks and play pretty well. Now it's being reported that Green has a foot strain to deal with. Jerry Jones said in his weekly radio interview that he has been told Green can play. The even better news is that Tyron Smith could return to the field this week. The point is we have had enough crap with the injuries already. When Dallas went through their first great heyday from 1966 to 1982 injuries did not hit Dallas like they have recently. In the Cowboys 2nd heyday in the 1990s injuries again were no big deal. Every team has to deal with some setbacks but Dallas in the last 10 years has been beset by one debilitating injury after another and I feel like it's time the Good Lord or the Gods of Football to cut the Cowboys some slack. They have suffered enough so that the next Cowboys heyday should last for 16 years like their first Golden Age. They've earned the right to a little, or rather a big, reprieve from this glut of injuries they deal with seemingly every single year. YOU HEAR THAT OH SPIRIT WORLD? TAKE A FRIGGIN BREAK IN DALLAS, OK?
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    I'll get into Cowboys-Bengals later but I just wanted to throw out a couple of tidbits in the meantime.

    LT Tyron Smith has been back at practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday which is encouraging especially in light of the fact that the guy who played in Smith's placee the last two games, Chaz Green, hasn't practiced this week because of a strained foot. If neither player can go the Cowboys might have to do some major shuffling on the O-line.

    CB Orlando Scandrick did not practice yesterday after going on Wednesday. It's a bad setback for for a guy who was considered the Cowboys best CB. Fortunately, Dallas has had rookie Anthony Brown do a pretty good job in relief of Scandrick.

    The status of K Dan Bailey is still up in the air because of a back issue that cropped up last Sunday morning before the 49ers game. Backup S Jeff Heath took Bailey'a place in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. It is being reported that Dallas is bringing in free agent kickers Robbie Gould, Kai Forbath and Aldrick Rosas with work out for the Cowboys after this morning's practice.

    Dallas had Dez back at practice in a limited basis but his status is still up in the air for Sunday.

    3rd string QB Jameill Showers is no longer the 3rd string QB because it has been decided he just won't work out as a QB. It doesn't mean he is being cut. It is being reported that Dallas will convert him to safety. It has been reported that Showeres will be moved up from the practice squad as a safety and special teams guy. This wrong because Dallas can't use a roster spot for Showers when they need roster pots for a spare kicker and for DeMarcus Lawrence who is coming back off suspension.

    Jerry jones said on his 105.5 The Fan radio spot this morning that he expects Tyron Smith, Dan Bailey and DeMarcus Lawrence are all likely to play Sunday.

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    It's a good thing Dallas is playing at home because if you listen to all the foo-fer-all on the Cowboys website and local Dallas radio this team doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning today's game. Andy Dalton, AJ Green, Vontaze Burfict, etc, etc., the Cowboys are just over matched and doomed to lose. The Bengals defense has not surrendered a rushing TD yet this season. The Bengals defense is ranked 9th in yards allowed but the Bengals have given up 82 points which means teams have scored an average of 20 points per game. Dallas defense, despite all their warts, is ranked higher in points allowed, points per game and the Cowboys actually allow fewer rushing yards per game than Cincinnati. On the other side of the ball the Cowboys are ranked 3rd in total offense in yards with 1583 yards behind only Atlanta and Arizona while Cincinnati is 11th with 1487. Dallas has scored more points than Cincy, 101 to 78, due in large part to the Bengals struggles in the red zone. They are oh-fer in the RZ scoring TDs which means they kick a lot of field goals. Dallas is second in rushing TDs with 8 while Cincy has just 3 and since they haven't done it in the RZ they have gotten their rushing TDs outside of the opposition's 20 yard line. Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards until Arizona's David Johnson blew up with 157 yards when the Cardinals beat the 49ers on Monday night. Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard combined (289) can't touch Elliott's 412. AJ Green has 489 yards but nobody else is even close to the top 20 in receiving for Cincy. The Bengals biggest RZ threat, TE Tyler Eifort is out this week. That's the trouble with Eifort, he's hurt more than he's healthy. For Dallas, that's a good thing. Cole Beasley is the Cowboys leader in receiving yards in large part because Dez Bryant has missed some time with a hairline fracture in a bone in his knee. He may or may not play today. If Dez can't go then Terrence Williams and Brice Butler will need to step up like they did last week against San Francisco. Combined the two accounted for 9 catches for 85 yards and two TD's. If Dallas gets that again I will be happy. Four games into the season there isn't a lot of separation between team's stats. What we have is a 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals team coming into AT&T Stadium to play the 3-1 Cowboys. This will be the sternest test the Cowboys have faced yet this season and a win will be important for so many reasons going forward. Strictly based on home field I have to give the edge to the Cowboys in this game. Now, home field advantage doesn't mean squat if your team stinks but this Cowboys team doesn't stink. The energy and vitality provided by Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott give this team a little extra spring in their step and Dallas also gets a little shot in the arm in their pass rush with the return of DeMarcus Lawrence. He's back just in time to feast on an O-line that has allowed Andy Dalton to be sacked 13 times so far this season. That's a hair over 3 sacks a game so this week would be a golden opportunity to add to that sack total. The D-line has got to step up and stuff the run and sack the passer. Dallas has dominated time of possession in the games so far and if the defense does it's part and Dak can keep the chains moving I like Dallas' chances this afternoon. This game is going to be physical and there is no doubt this game will be won or lost in the trenches. Hopefully, Tyron Smith is a full go for the game. Hopefully DeMarcus Lawrence is like a Tazmanian Devil and leads a surprising assault on Dalton. There is just something about this team that speaks to hope and higher expectations. What does that mean for today's game?............................................. ............

    Dallas 27 Cincinnati 23

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    Who saw what Dallas did to Cincinnati coming? Nobody, that's who. The Cowboys domination of the Bengals was unexpected and pretty doggone awesome at the same time. I couldn't even bask in the glow of it. I have a buddy who lives in Round Rock that kept texting me about how the Cowboys were kicking ass and chalking up a Cowboys win and it was halftime. I'd seen this kind of thing before. Detroit down 20+ in the first half a few years ago and Dallas fell apart and lost with a lousy second half. In Dallas' last 8-8 season of 2013 the Cowboys had a 20+ point lead over Green Bay who had a backup QB starting for an injured Aaron Rodgers come back and win in the second half. Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com wanted Jason Garrett fire over that that game. I have seen too much heartbreak to dismiss the Bengals even though the score was 21 zip at the break. Then came the opening of the 3rd quarter and the Bengals were moving the ball and the table was set for another Cowboys meltdown. With the ball at the Cowboys 33 a long pass by Andy Dalton to AJ Green had TD written all over it but Mo Claiborne, looking for all the world like he was beaten, knocked the pass away in the end zone. Maybe Dallas isn't going to choke after all, I thought. Then the Bengals try a fifty yard field goal and one of the best kickers in the NFL, Mike Nugent, missed wide left. Cool, the Cowboys are still pitching a shutout. Then, on the very next play, the O-line with a nice trap block by TE Geoff Swaim thrown in opened a hole big enough to drive a car through gave Ezekiel Elliott the opening he needed to take the ball 60 yards virtually untouched for a 28 nothing lead and we're still just 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter. I started to believe this was day was going to be different. Dallas didn't score again in the game but it really didn't matter because the way the Cowboys defense was playing Cincy wasn't coming back. The Bengals may have been down even more than 28 to nothing if not for a strip sack of Dak Prescott in Bengals territory and the subsequent fumble return back into Dallas' side of the field setting up their first score. That was at least a 10 point swing because Dallas was definitely driving for another score of some kind and now instead of being 31 zip the score was 28-7 late in the 3rd quarter. That was Dak's first NFL turnover and it prevented a route from turning into a full blown massacre. No matter. After that Dallas got way too conservative for me but all they were interested in was eating up clock. It didn't matter if they did it themselves or allowed the Bengals to do it by making them drive the length of the field dinking and dunking Dallas all the way. The Cowboys didn't care, they forced the Bengals to use up a huge chunk of the 4th quarter doing it. Even though they scored a TD at the end of the drive there was only about 4 minutes left in the game and Dallas wasn't about to let the game slip away in that amount of time. One interesting side to this game was in Dallas entire history, from 1960 until last Sunday, Dallas had never won a game with the final score 28-14. Weird factoid but true.

    So Dallas wins and since the opening day loss to the Giants and they have won 4 straight. It took the Cowboys a full 16 game schedule for them to win 4 games but now Dallas has done it by early October. Can we enjoy the win streak and be glad it's not 2015? Hell no. All I've heard is the looming QB controversy over what's going to happen when Tony Romo gets back. He had an MRI to check the status of the broken bone in his back and he's totally healed. It's just a matter of how long it takes to complete his rehab. He could be back as early as the Philly game which comes after their bye week which comes after this week's game against Green Bay. Just can't be glad we're winning. We just have to find a way to muck it all up. What if the Dak-led Cowboys beat the Packers and go into the bye week 5-1? Frankly, it's not likely but what if? I guess Cowboys fans just can't leave well enough alone. It's become part of the collective fan DNA. The closet GMS aren't helping. I heard a caller to a Cowboys podcast suggest trading Tony Romo yesterday. Never mind the $19 mil in salary he's being paid this season and never mind the $20 mil next year. The guy obviously plays fantasy football and doesn't have to live with real money in a real league not to mention Tony Romo is 15-4 in his last 19 games he's started. Romo isn't washed up and he had the best off season in years until that fateful Game 3 of preseason when he was pile driven into the turf by a Seattle defender and broke his back for the second time in 3 years. The last time was in 2014 against the Redskins but Tony only missed the rest of that game and one more and he was back on the field leading the Cowboys to a 12-4 record with a win in the playoffs and looking like the true Cinderella of the 2014 season until a totally crap call in Green Bay ended it all. Now, Dallas goes back to Lambeau Field on a 4-1 win streak and more controversy than they deserve to try to gain a measure of revenge from January 2015.

    We won but it feels like, in some ways, like we really lost. What is wrong with that picture? Good Grief, Charley Brown.

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    Lambeau Field in October isn't bad. Coming from the Texas heat it's down right awesome. Guys, forget that you've lost the last 4 games on the frozen tundra because this time it isn't frozen. And you guys don't suck like you did before. Even the defense which sort of let you down in 2014 in the 'was it a catch' game is better now. You have a good team. You have the leading rusher in the NFL. THE WHOLE NFL! On a day when Tom Brady makes his first start in Boston since his suspension the Patriot mantra that has been taken up by your coach rings so true. "Do your job." Do your freaking job and things will be alright. Simple. You guys know your job, you've been together since May and worked and sweated and fought to get to where you are right now. You take your 4-1 record to Lambeau and you will face the 3-1 Packers. This could be a day that launches you to bigger and better things as you head into your bye week. Do your job and I believe you have the better team. Seize the day, Cowboys.

    Final Score: Dallas 31 Green Bay 20

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    So sue me. I said Cowboys 31 and Packers 20 and the actual score was 30-16. As Maxwell Smart used to say with his hand raised about chin high and his thumb and index finger just a hair apart, "Missed it by that much!" It's pretty impressive what the Cowboys are doing right now. In their current 5 game win streak they have scored in order 27, 31, 24, 28 and now 30 points. Their lowest output on the season was in their only loss to the Giants on opening day when they scored just 19 points. Do you realize that last season with the parade of backup QBs Dallas trotted out they scored less than 19 points 8 times. EIGHT. It is truly amazing what is taking place with these Cowboys. It's hard to refute what people are saying that, while they sympathize with the fact it's been Romo's team, how can you stop the momentum this team has created with Dak at QB? It will be hard as hell but the team saw for themselves what they have in Tony during OTA's and training camp. Everyone at DallasCowboys.com raved about the training camp Romo was having so we're not looking at a player with diminished skills. We are also not looking at a player coming off a debilitating injury like an ACL or a ruptured disc in his back. It's a broken bone and the bone has healed and what he needs to do is have two or three weeks to get back into game shape. I think Tony will miss the Eagles game in two weeks and maybe the Cleveland game but by the week leading up to the Browns game Tony will be practicing. Reps may be 60-40 in favor of Dak but Tony will see reps. I'll bet you also see Tony get some extra work with the receivers after practice.
    So, Dak plays against the Steelers the following week but by now Tony is ready but Jason Garrett elects to give Dak one more start before letting Romo come back against the Ravens. But wait! In the early moments of the 3rd quarter with Dallas trailing the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers (meniscus tear remember?) by 3 points Dak has a helmet to helmet collision with James Harrison or someone on the Steelers defense and Dak got his bell rung. That's old school for concussed. Not seriously mind you but in this day and age a little concussion will send you to the bench. Tony comes in, not because the coaches say so, not because it's "Romo's job" but because they Cowboys need him to fill in for Dak. Tony comes in and leads the Cowboys to a comeback win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh and Tony will be starting at home against Baltimore the following week. Dallas routes the Ravens as Zeke runs for 134 yards and Tony throws for 336 yards and 4 TDs. Now, Dak is ready to come back but Tony is Tony and with a ground game and now a defense that can make stops when they need to. It's 2014 all over again only better! The next week Tony is the clear starter even though Dak is cleared to play but the team is rolling and they beat the dickens out of Washington at home by 20 points with Zeke again topping 120+ yards with a couple of TDs and another 300 yards passing for Romo. By now the Cowboys are 10-1 and have at least a 3 game lead in the division after 12 weeks of the season (don't forget the bye week). The Cowboys travel to Minnesota and they lose by 3 to the Vikings. Not Romo's fault or Zeke's fault, the Vikings are just a good damn team playing at home. The following week Dallas travels to New Jersey to exact that opening week loss to the Giants to start the season. Romo and Zeke lead the way to a 13 point win over the Giants and Dallas is back rolling. With back to back wins at home over Tampa and Detroit the Cowboys travel to Philly to close out the season. The Eagles are done by now. They are 8-7 and have no shot at the playoffs and Dallas comes in 13-2 kicking the living shit out of their opponents. It's no different against the Eagles as Zeke piles up 211 yards rushing to top 2000 yards for the season smashing Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record of 1808 yards set 33 years ago in 1983 wrapping up Rookie of the Year honors in the doing. In the 7-1/2 games he's played Romo has thrown for 2500 yards and 14 TDs. Over the hill my ass. That last game against the Eagles required Dallas to play all starters because they were playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs and by beating Philly Dallas goes 14-2 while Minnesota completes a 13-3 season. Dallas and Minnesota both advance to the NFC title game but this time the Cowboys get the Vikes at home. It is an epic struggle because the Vikings defense is bad assed and the offense is no joke either but Dallas prevails by virtue of a Tony Romo 4th quarter drive that ends with a TD to Cole Beasley to win 31-27 and advance to Super Bowl LI in Houston. The Cowboys will face none other than Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Patriots have that two headed two tight end offense and they are mighty but their defense is not the caliber of the Vikings. Dallas O-line is challenged by comments made by Martellus Bennett and Gronk saying the Cowboys are overrated losers and they have no shot at winning. Maybe not in so many words but that is the message. Zeke and the line punish the Patriots defense grinding out first downs 4 and 5 yards at a time. Zeke rushes for 122 tough, "dirty" yards and adds another 68 yards on 5 catches with a TD. Zeke isn't MVP of Super Bowl LI. That honor goes to Romo who throws for 380 yards and 5 TD's as Dallas destroys the mighty Patriots 44-21. That, my friends, is the perfect scenario in my world. Jason Garrett doesn't have to sweat messing up team chemistry by benching Dak in favor of Romo, the Romo haters get to go f**k themselves, Dallas finally ends their 21 year SB drought and tie the Steelers for most SB wins with 6. Over the next 4 years the Cowboys go on a roll of dominance never before seen in the NFL in the modern era. They reel off 4 more SB wins to make it 5 straight with Romo winning 2 more. He retires after the 3rd one at the age of 39 as the first QB in the SB era to get a SB three-peat and in the doing it guarantees him a much deserved trip to Canton. Prior to that 3rd SB winning season Romo announces he will retire so the Cowboys give Dak Prescott a huge contract. Dak would have become a free agent at the end of Romo's last season but Dak has had to spell Romo in every season and he's continued to win. Jerry Jones is older than dirt but he still is the GM of the Cowboys and he's got the dynasty he's always wanted so he'll be damned if he lets Rayne Dakota Prescott get away. Jones retires after Dak's second SB at the age of 80 years old and his son Stephen takes over to lead the Cowboys for many more years of success. No less than 10 Cowboys reach the Hall of Fame including Jerry, Romo, Mo Claiborne, Witten, Dez, Zeke and Randy Gregory who successfully put his past behind him. Gregory dominates the NFL for 10 seasons before having to retire because he decided to donate a kidney to his sister to save her life. And there is peace, harmony and understanding throughout the whole danged world.

    That, my friends, is how you dream big! The story isn't over but it will have to continue another day so can I get a "Hell Yeah!" from anyone?
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    Dallas is in their bye week and it couldn't come at a better time. The Cowboys have players who are banged up and need a week to rest and recuperate. Many of the players just finished playing their 11th game of the season if you count preseason so they are due a little R&R. Among all the other issues we know about we can add a concussion by Mo Claiborne and a shoulder injury to DeMarcus Lawrence to the list that still includes Tony Romo and Orlando Scandrick.

    Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are both nominated for Pepsi Rookie of the Week for their performances last Sunday in the road win over Green Bay.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...kie-week-award

    Tony or Dak, Dak or Tony. That's all people are talking about when the Cowboys discussions begin. I personally believe Tony should be given his job back. He's earned that and his offseason work proves he's not working under diminished capacity. It's just so easy to forget 12-4 two years ago with Tony when we have 4-12 without Tony last year and the success Dallas is having so far this season. It's like people are thinking Tony is over the hill or they are just tired of the reliable car they've had for years and they're ready to trade it in on that shiny new model we have been test driving. There will be varying opinions until Tony is fully able to play again and that's all it is right now, speculation. People let's just enjoy 5-1 and worry about this when Tony is healthy enough for this debate to matter, okay?

    Zeke spent his off day doing charity work to find homes for wayward animals at the Dallas SPCA.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-get-new-homes

    Here's a link to a Bryan Broaddus article in which the former scout gives us his 5 top plays of the first 6 weeks of the season with accompanying video. Dallas will have a light walk through practice today and they just had to go in and do their running and lifting as the Cowboys get to enjoy a week off. There won't be any team activities after today because the collective bargaining agreement with the players union states that teams have to have 4 consecutive days off during their bye week. It's also being said that next Monday's workout will light as Dallas moves to getting back in a normal routine as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles that Sunday. Right now we can kick back and enjoy some of the nice plays that have gotten the Cowboys to a surprising 5-1 record so far.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-so-far-season

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    Even on a week they're not scheduled to play a game good things are happening for the Cowboys. On the strength of a big performance against Green Bay DL David Irving was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ter-packer-win

    As a compliment to Bryan Broaddus article yesterday featuring the 5 best plays of the season to date here is his 5 best defensive plays so far through 6 games.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-so-far-season

    With all the hoopla over the Dak vs Romo thing we haven't heard from Romo himself. We are hearing ABOUT him though as he continues his rehab from a broken bone in his spinal column in preparation for his return to the field. It doesn't look like the QB controversy swirling around the media and fans won't come to a head next week as it is not likely Romo will be ready for the Philly game in 10 days.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...wboys-bye-week

    It's always something isn't it. Dez Bryant missed the Cowboys only practice of the week yesterday because he cut two fingers on his right hand preparing his dinner on Tuesday evening. Dez still asserts he is going to be ready to play in the Philly game next Sunday after the Cowboys bye this week. We'll see but the cuts were bad enough he couldn't catch balls so he was held out of practice as a result. It's like having to deal with a bunch of clumsy children in Dallas sometimes. Good grief. Dez kind of needed a little extra work seeing as how he's been out since he suffered a hairline fracture to a bone in his knee in Week 3 against the Bears.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...E2%80%99s-hand

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    The Cowboys have had a week to heal and now they have had a week to prepare for a crucial Sunday night game against the vile, despicable Philadelphia Eagles. Did you happen to remember that I hate the Eagles? I've been to Philly. I went this past summer. Nice city, and it's pretty cool to see the historical landmarks that helped shape our country. It's just the fans and teams of Philly that make me sick. Division games are really important but the 2 games against the Eagles are imperatives. If Dallas goes 2-14 I want the two wins to be against the Eagles. The weird thing about this series in recent years is neither team has won at home and both teams have won on the road. That bodes ill for tomorrow's game at JerryWorld if the recent past is any indication.

    So, what's happened in the last week of practice? Well..........................

    Tony Romo practiced for the first time since breaking a bone in his back against Seattle in preseason game #3 back in August. On Tuesday he didn't suit up but he did do pat-n-goes and worked in individual QB drills. On Wednesday that familiar #9 was on the field. Again, he was relegated to pat-n-go stuff and he ran the scout team in goal line work. Nice to see him back at work. He sat out Thursday as the coaches are working him back in a conservative fashion. Expect more next week even to the extent of getting some 1st team reps.

    Dez Bryant was full go this week as the hairline crack in the bone going into his knee is healed up and the fingers he sliced chopping up carrots for soup last week were not an issue. He is officially listed as questionable but I'd bet my house he plays tomorrow night.

    Tyrone Smith was limited early in the week but he will play tomorrow which is a good thing because Chaz Greene will miss another week with a foot injury.

    CB Orlando Scandrick practiced this week and he is likely to play, how much will depend on how well rookie Anthony Brown plays. Brown has been a very pleasant surprise so far and a real bargain for a sixth round pick. Mo Claiborne was listed as limited but he's likely going to play after missing a week due to a concussion suffered in the first half of the Green Bay game.

    David Irving, a guy who only played 19 snaps against Green Bay but he recorded a sack, forced 3 fumbles and batted down a pass is likely in for more playing time this week. David Irving was signed off the Kansas City practice squad last year when the D-line was suffering multiple injuries. He was able to make a dent for Dallas but he too got injured and missed a lot of time last season. We have to remember he's only been in the NFL for 2 seasons and has little experience but if the Green Bay game was any indication he has a lot of upside. It's about time Dallas hit on some defensive moves.

    Dallas may be as healthy as they have been in a long time and considering the Eagles games are always wars the hope would be they would be the same at the end of this game. The Eagles have taken a hit on their defensive front with the loss for the second week in a row with the loss of Bennie Logan. I'd like it better if the Eagles also didn't have Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox but I suppose that would be down right begging.

    Dallas has been winning games by running the ball and passing efficiently. If they can do the same in this game and not turn the ball over Dallas is going to win this game. That's a lot of if's and but's however and you can't count chickens while they are still in the egg. The strength of the Cowboys is their run game based around a strong O-line. It doesn't hurt to know Dak is a very poised QB who makes good decisions but we can't lose sight of the fact he is not as good as Romo right now. He only has one pick this season but he does have several fumbles so he needs to learn to take care of the ball when it's in his hands. Not only that, Dak has had several balls that should have been picked off. Balls that went right into defender's hands so it's a bit of revisionist history to believe Dak has been flawless. The one ball that picked off was a terrible pass in the direction of Jason Witten but it was more to the defender than it was Witten. Of course you could argue that if Brice Butler had caught a long pass on the previous play the ill fated throw would not have occurred. Think as you like, but Tony Romo isn't ready for the trash heap yet and whatever offense this team has will only get better when he's back on the field. The fact is, with Dak playing well and more importantly the way Zeke is running the ball. Zeke is the real key to the Cowboys success to date. If the Cowboys have to depend on Dak to pass the Cowboys to victory, at this point, I don't think they can win a game like that. If Romo was in the game the Cowboys could win a shootout, he's done it before and there is no reason he can't do it again. That's the difference between Romo and Dak, Romo's experience. As much as we love Dak he is still learning on the job while Romo is a 10th degree Free Mason, master of his trade. Despite all the hullabaloo over Dak he's wouldn't be this successful without Zeke and it's something people fail to realize.

    What does this all mean for Sunday night?

    Dallas 33 Philadelphia 24

    The only players definitively out are Romo, Greene and DL Ryan Davis.

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2016 Regular Season

    I didn't see overtime coming when the night started. I saw a shootout in the making. I saw a huge blown opportunity blown at the end of the first half when Dak Prescott made a really bad decision to throw into triple coverage in the end zone for an interception. Instead of Dallas going up by 3 at minimum or 7 with a TD instead the Cowboys allowed the Eagles to march around 50 yards for a field goal as the half expired. I saw Dak have a really bad 2 and 1/2 quarters when the Cowboys could seemingly do nothing right. Then it all began to change and, to me, it started with a totally unexpected fake punt by Chris Jones in which he gained 30 yards on 4th and 8 at their own 27 setting them up for with a 1st down at the Eagles 43. Then came a furious 4th quarter when the Dallas defense started stopping the Eagles offense and the Dak finally figured something out and he went from being the Dark Side Dak to the Good Dak as the Cowboys began to climb out of a 10 point deficit to tie the game with just 3:22 left in the game. The Cowboys traded possession to end regulation sending the game into the 3rd overtime game of the day. By this time Dallas had lost S Barry Church for the rest of the game and several weeks more with a broken forearm. They also had lost CB Mo Claiborne for the rest of the game and several weeks more with a groin injury. Dallas won the toss and elected to take the ball first in overtime. Jason Garrett knew he needed to score a TD on that first possession because he was hurting on defense. It was a helluva drive that ensued with the Cowboys taking the ball on their own 25 after a touchback to open the overtime period. Dallas marched the ball down the field using the pass and the run effectively and a critical 4th and 1 which Jason Garrett elected to go for instead of having Dan Bailey kick the field goal. The Cowboys were on the Eagles 28 at the time but Garrett wanted the TD to end the game. Prescott took a QB sneak for 2 yards and the first down. 5 plays later Dak, in what was described as a Tony Romo-esque move, rolled out to his left out of the pocket to escape the Eagles pass rush and he found Jason Witten wide open in the end zone. A sure toss later the game was over. Dallas had won because of the grit and determination of the Cowboys defense. Because of the perseverance of the Cowboys offense and because of some gutsy plays by Jason Garrett. Because of the togetherness of this team as a whole, Dallas prevailed.
    Game balls were given in the locker room by Jason Garrett but the most important on given was the one given to Jason Witten who set the record for most games as a Cowboy, tied the record for most consecutive starts as a Cowboy and he caught the first TD pass of the 2016 season for the winning TD in overtime. It was an emotional Jason Garrett who handed the game ball to Witten who was urged by teammates to give a "Speech, Speech, Speech." Here's the video of the Cowboys locker room and the exchange between Garrett and Witten. I swear, if it doesn't give you chills you need to get your pulse checked.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...nted-game-ball

    The only downer of the day was the Cincinnati Bengals choked like a bunch of dogs in London early in the day and ended up with an overtime tie with the stupid Redskins. The final 27-27 tie was a better game than the 6-6 piece of crap game between Seattle and Arizona last Monday night but the Bengals are the world greatest shoot yourself in the foot team. I would think that Cincinnati ownership is tired of the penalties and stupidity that this team shows week in and week out and it's all been under Marvin Lewis' watch. At some point in time I would think the Bengals who see a need to change the culture in that locker room and it won't happen with Lewis as head coach. But that is another rant for another day. As it is Dallas has a 2 game lead in the division over Philly and the Giants, who were on their bye week this week and 2 and 1/2 games on Washington. That tie could be a real difference maker at the end of the season. Anyway, Dallas is in a really good position at 6-1 right now and they will ride that streak into Cleveland this week trying to make it 7 straight wins in a row. Life is good and world is in harmony and there is no disturbance in the force -- for now. Why? Because Dallas beat the hated Eagles that's why.

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