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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2016 Regular Season

    The Cowboys are on the practice field getting ready for the Browns this week. But, for just a second, Iíd like to go back and enjoy the win over Philly Sunday night.
    First, in his Scoutís Eye series, Bryan Broaddus looks at some the key plays from Sunday night and includes a video of some of the plays so you see what heís talking about.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...l-three-phases
    In case you didnít hear about it yet Dallas secondary took a hit on Sunday. S Barry Church will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his forearm. It was deemed unnecessary at this point to do surgery to insert a plate in his arm to facilitate healing. That is a good thing because it would have lengthened the time he would have missed. If conditions go right Church could be back in the 4 week range instead of the 6 weeks.
    The other hit was to Morris Claiborne. The poor guy is just snake bit. He was living up to every expectation people had when Dallas traded up to get him as the 6th overall pick in the 2012 draft. It looked like all the injury nonsense was behind him as well but late in the 4th quarter he suffered what has turned out to be a sports hernia. It is still undecided whether or not he will need surgery but he is believed to be out the same 4-6 that Barry Church will miss.
    Itís a good thing Orlando Scandrick came back last week to lessen the blow of losing Claiborne but it is a real blow to the defense to have your best corner go down. Fortunately, 6th round pick Anthony Brown has emerged as a pretty good corner who can play outside and in the slot. By all accounts, the ideal would be to have Brown take Claiborneís spot on the outside and leave Scandrick to man the slot. That would be preferable to moving him inside on the nickel and dime packages and outside in the standard sets. There are always challenges but, for the time being, it looks like Dallas has enough depth to overcome the loss of Church and Claiborne.

    Did you realize the Cowboys faced 5 Eagle possessions in the 4th quarter and 4 of them resulted in a punt while the other was a fumble recovery? The Cowboys have only allowed opponents to score 20 points or more 2 times this season. In the season opener Dallas gave up 20 in a loss to the Giants and now the 23 to Philly on Sunday night. The defense is allowing a full TD less to opponents than they did last season.

    Tidbits about this weekís game against the Cleveland Browns.

    • The Browns are getting WR and 1stround draft pick Corey Coleman back from a broken hand he suffered in practice after the Browns Week 2 game.
    • The Browns acquired LB Jamie Collins from New England for a conditional 3rd round draft pick. Pretty cheap for a guy who is considered one of the best LBís in the NFL. The Patriots wanted to sign Collins to a long term deal but he wanted something like $19MM a year range and the Patriots werenít going there. It made the decision easy after that for NE to make a deal and get something for him since his contract is up at the end of this year.
    • The Browns have played 3 home games in the first 8 weeks and in 2 of those 3 they lost by less than 6 points. So that tells you Cleveland may have lost but they are no push over. The Browns have had a lead in all but a couple of the 8 games they have played. What this means is Cleveland is a young team who needs to learn how to win ball games. Hopefully, they donít figure that one out Sunday against Dallas.


    In practice this week Dallas has been pretty healthy. Other than Barry Church and Mo Claiborne everyone except Tony Romo and DE Ryan Davis was at practice in pads. Jason Garrett said yesterday that Romo was dealing with secondary injuries. No word whether heís back today.

    Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.

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    The sun shines brighter, the birdís song is sweeter, the sky is bluer and even when it rains it not bad. Thatís how the world seems when Dallas is winning games. Dallas is first in the NFC East and they have the top record in the entire NFC. The Cowboys have the NFL rushing leader who is racking up Player of the Week honors and was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month of October. Thatís cool but he deserved to win Offensive Player of the Month. That honor was given to Arizonaís David Johnson even though Ezekiel Elliott rushed for more yards, had more yards total and the Cowboys went 4-0 in October while Arizona is just 2-2-1. That 2-2-1 means Zekeís numbers came in one less game than Johnson played. Itís that old east coast-New York bias rearing its ugly head again. Those people back east just donít like to give the Cowboys credit for anything. How else can you explain why players like Drew Pearson, Harvey Martin and Darren Woodson are not in the Hall of Fame? Thatís a different rant for a different day.
    The point so far is life is good. Itís not a bad thing that Dallas plays are fairly bad team trying for their seventh win in a row this week. They have to go on the road to Cleveland to play the winless Browns and the Cowboys have to wear their dark blue jerseys. There was a time when it was thought that Dallas was jinxed wearing the dark blue jerseyís. That perception has sort of died off since the 90ís but old school Cowboys fans still dread it when the navy blue shirts are pulled out. Seven and one in the first half of the season would almost guarantee Dallas a spot in the playoffs. Think about it, if Dallas goes 4-4 in the season half they would finish the season 11-5. It is almost inconceivable to me that Dallas wouldnít make the playoffs with 11 wins. If they can go 5-3 or 6-2 they would almost certainly be the NFCís top seed with home field throughout the playoffs. A win Sunday sets them up for the second half so they have to stay focused and not take an 0-8 team for granted.

    In yesterdayís practice Tony Romo was on the field and on the injury report he was listed as ďlimitedĒ. The next real concern on the injury report is at left tackle. Starter Tyron Smith has been dealing with a bad back since training camp and it caused him to miss a couple of games early in the season. Chaz Green took over for those games and did very well putting the fears of not having a good swing tackle to rest. At least until Green hurt his foot in his last start. He gutted out the game but it was just fortunate that Smith was ready to return to the lineup. Green came back to practice this week and was listed as ďlimitedĒ. Both Smith and Green are listed as limited but at least both are practicing. I have a feeling Smith will be ďlimitedĒ all season with an eye on back surgery as soon as the season is over. Green will work back and I hope that ďlimitedĒ stuff is soon gone and he is completely off the injury list.

    As for Romo, I wish Jason Garrett would just stop all this BS over who the starting QB of the Cowboys is when Tony is healthy. In my mind, it Tony and there is no debate. Tony is the starting QB of the Cowboys and when he is healthy enough to play he will resume that duty. That is to say I donít appreciate what Dak has done and Iím as glad as can be he has shown us all he is the QB of the future in Dallas. The Cowboys have been looking for this guy for 5 years and now he is in the house. Good. But, just like Danny White had to wait his turn until Roger Staubach retired Dak is going to have wait. Donít be one of those morons who claim the team chemistry will be destroyed if Tony comes back. That is all hogwash. Tony has been a full participant in all the off season work from May until August when he was hurt a full 4 weeks into training camp. The vets already know what they have in Romo and the rookies had all the OTAís, mini camps and training camp to see how important Romo is. Dak has been good but if you look at it in the last 2 games heís been picked off twice and fumbled 3 times. Dak should have been picked off another 3 times by my count but the opposing DBs dropped the ball. The reason Dak has had success is because the offense hasnít been totally on his shoulders. Itís been on Zekeís and every week after that first week against the Giants when he wasnít very good Zeke has gotten better and now heís the new millennium Emmitt only with speed Emmitt didnít have. Zeke was drafted as a compliment to Tony and Tony should get the benefit of that. It doesnít mean I discount what Dak has done and I have nothing against Dak. Until Tonyís skills tell us all heís done it his team. Period.

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    For today, we don't need to worry the Romo-Dak debate because it is all Dak with Romo still inactive. Dak and the rest of the Cowboys are shooting for win number seven in a row today and I'll bet a hungry man a meal it won't be as easy as it looks on the surface. On the one hand you have the woeful 0-8 Browns hosting the battle tested Dallas Cowboys who are currently 6-1 after an emotional overtime win over Philadelphia last Sunday night. On the other hand you get a Browns team that just got an infusion of talent on both sides of the ball. On defense they got a Pro Bowl linebacker in a deal with the Patriots this past week and on offense they got their first round draft pick WR Corey Coleman back after he missed 6 games with a broken hand. The Cowboys downside is they are coming off an emotional SNF win over Philly. Kind of makes you think doesn't it. Heap a big dose of injuryitis on defense with the multi-week loss of S Barry Church and CB Mo Claiborne. Taking their places will be JJ Wilcox who nobody trusts despite the fact he's played pretty well so far this season and they will be trusting rookie Anthony Brown to play tight man coverage the way Mo was doing, and doing quite well too. Kind of makes your butt cheeks pucker a little doesn't it? This defense that has rallied around itself so far this season will really have to do some rallying after losing Church who has a big chunk of the turnovers Dallas has created so far and Mo who has been a top 3 corner in the NFL so far. The guy replacing Church is known to be bad in pass coverage and his strength is playing close to the line of scrimmage and it he does that well maybe it won't be so bad. Anthony Brown is a rookie taken in the sixth round of the draft who has shown something in the first 7 games. He is definitely a pleasant surprise for a late round draft pick. Despite their record the Browns have played hard and they have not been blown out as often as you'd think. At least 5 of their losses have been 7 points or less and 3 of those has been 3 points or less. I'm telling you, you can't go to sleep on these Browns because they are hungry and they have been too close in too many games not to feel like they are about to break through and get their first win in the Hue Jackson era.
    The Browns have some offensive weapons and they have one of the rookies who are looking pretty good in their first season. Cody Kessler is no Dak or Carson Wentz but he's not a bust either. He's got a 67% completion percentage and he's got more TD's than picks. His problem is he can't stay healthy. First he went out because of a shoulder injury and the last time he missed games was due to a concussion. Today will be his first start in 2 weeks. Kessler is getting the start because veteran Josh McCown is not the long term answer in Cleveland and I think Jackson wants to see what he's got in the kid from USC. Kessler has some weapons at this disposal in the form of Coleman, Terrelle Pryor Sr. who has been the main receiving threat since Coleman got hurt and TE Gary Barnidge. Kessler's also got Isaiah Crowell running the ball with Duke Johnson a threat coming out of the backfield in the passing game. Dallas has been up to the challenge so far this season with a points allowed average of just 18.4 PPG which is seventh in the NFL. They haven't allowed a 100 yard rusher or a 100 yard receiver yet this season. What Dallas needs is for JJ Wilcox and Anthony Brown to maintain what Barry Church and Mo Claiborne have done and that's getting off the field on 3rd down and creating turnovers. Coleman and Pryor will be a huge challenge for this revamped secondary.
    What it will probably come down to is the Cowboys ability to do what they have been doing, run the ball, pass effectively and don't turn the ball over. Simple right? When you have a good O-line, the top rusher in the NFL and a quality passing game Dallas should be able to control the clock and keep their defense off the field. Cleveland is ranked 31st in total defense, 31st in run defense and 27th in pass defense. Dallas is 3rd in total offense and 3 in rushing. The Cowboys are down in the pack in passing offense but it's because the Cowboys haven't needed Dak to throw for 300 yards a game. We all know what Dak can do and on paper Dallas should walk all over the Browns. That's what scares me about this game, it's just too one sided in favor of the Cowboys and I'm not willing to say they will dominate the way the stats say they should. It's an early game so the suspense won't last too long. So, with all that said what does that mean?

    Dallas 31 Cleveland 17

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    It is another victory Monday and life is good. Dallas did just exactly what they should have done, what all good teams do to bad teams, they won convincingly. I predicted a 14 point win, after all it is the NFL, but it just may be that this Dallas Cowboys team isnít messing around and they really are this good and maybe the 25 point win couldíve been worse. The offensive line did such a good job of blocking Iím not so sure I couldnít have completed 60% of my passes for 250 and couple of TDís. Okay, thatís BS but you get what Iím saying. The Cowboys had the ball for 39:29 time of possession, thatís 2/3 of the game and they scored TDís on 5 of 9 possessions in the game. The four possessions they didnít score on were the kneel downs at the end of the half and at the end of the game, a punt in the first quarter and a punt in the 4th quarter. That is what you call dominance. Did the defense play well? You tell me. In the second half the Browns did not get past their own 30 yard line. Are you kidding me? The Cowboys got four sacks including the first two of the season for rookie Maliek Collins. The first sack was a thing of terrible beauty. Collins did a stunt that got him a free run at Browns QB Cody Kessler. Collins could easily have gone helmet to helmet which would have been a penalty but he didnít. He made sure his head was not going to make contact with Kessler as Collins wrapped him up Kessler and put him on the ground. Hard. Hopefully, the Cowboys website will post a video of that sack because it deserves some love. The Cowboys are balling and I donít believe they are intimidated or scared of anybody at this point. Last week they were a unanimous choice for #2 in the NFL power rankings. With New England idle this past weekend it could be Dallas is the new #1. In Week 5, Tom Bradyís first game after his suspension ended, beat the Browns 33-13 which means Dallas 25 point win trumps the Pats 20 point win. Iím just saying.
    Defensive lineman David Irving got into a tussle with Browns center Cam Erving that got them both tossed. What was interesting was the game was just a few plays old. The incident occurred on the opening possession of the game after the Browns got the ball down to the Cowboys 15 after a 44 yard pass play to Isaiah Crowell. Irving is said to be close to tears when he realized he had been tossed because he knew he messed up. The fine from the NFL for a first offense for fighting is $30K which is about what Irving makes per game. Thatís got to suck. The Browns Erving may not have been tossed if not for the fact he had a hold of the Cowboyís Irving by his face mask which he ripped off and then threw at Irving. That guaranteed Ervingís ejection.
    The report card on Orlando Scandrick, Anthony Brown and JJ Wilcox who were playing in place of injured Mo Claiborne and Barry Church has got to be pretty good. You saw the pertinent defensive stats and the box score doesnít list the passes defensed stat but there wasnít a blemish other than the Browns Terrelle Pryor beating Brown on an in and out route for a TD just before halftime. Believe it or not the star of the secondary was right CB Brandon Carr who defensed a couple of potential TD passes. Since Mo Claiborne emerged over training camp and Carr was moved to the right side he has flourished and he has played much better than yearís past.
    Itís a shame but, I can hear it all now if Romo is ready to play next Sunday in Pittsburgh and Jason Garrett says he will start in place of Dak Prescott. The poo-poo will literally hit the fan in both media circles and fan circles because everyone is all in on Prescott. Itís a shame too, that so many are willing to cast Romo off like a used condom when he was poised to rebound from the problems of 2015 when he had a bone broken in his back in a damn preseason game in Seattle. Romo was not, and I contend is not, suffering from a loss or diminishment of his skills. It was just 2 seasons ago Romo led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and was 4 minutes and bad call away from heading to Seattle for the NFC title game. Like Dak, Romo is 7-1 in his last 8 regular season starts. He was 3-1 last year including a win over Miami the Sunday before Thanksgiving when he came back too soon from the broken collar bone he suffered in Week 2 against Philadelphia. That was a win, rust and all, against a pretty good Dolphins team at home. Romo is the starting QB of the Cowboys and he deserves to get his job back when heís healthy. This is no slight to Dak, I appreciate what heís done and itís clear the Cowboys now have their QB of the future but itís still Tonyís team as it should be. All the people worried about Romo resuming his role would be screwing up the ďteam chemistryĒ are full of crap. Tony is right in the middle of this. Dak has said as recently as last week itís still Tonyís team. Dak has said Tony has been great helping him in practice and on game days. Romo had a party at his house for his teammates during bye week and former coach and current DallasCowboys.com broadcaster Dave Campo said he saw Romo and Zeke out to dinner together. Everyone saw a healthy Tony Romo during OTAís, mini camps and training camp until he was hurt in Seattle. They know Romo can play. When Tony is healthy he should be the starter and it shouldnít be any other way. Craig Morton had to wait behind Dandy Don Meredith, Roger Staubach had to wait behind Morton, Danny White had to wait behind Staubach and when Tony is healthy Dak will have to wait behind Tony. This year and next and Romo can retire and the Cowboys wonít be raped by Romoís salary cap number and he will probably have a Super Bowl ring or two. Give Romo the respect he deserves. It is not a question of disrespecting Dak, nobody knew this was going to happen and itís a tremendous surprise and gives hope for the Cowboys future. The team wonít be in limbo the way it was after Troy Aikman retired and there was nobody waiting to take over. The Cowboys have their guy in training and for 10-12 years he will lead the Cowboys but letís not forget about the legacy of Tony Romo and the consideration he deserves from the fans, and media and mostly the Dallas Cowboys.

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2016 Regular Season

    Life is good. I know Iíve said that but after all the manure sandwiches I had to eat last year because the Cowboys were losing at the same clip they are winning at right now and the haters would go out of their way to pile on the misery of just losing another game was bringing. So forgive me for enjoying my day in the sun. And donít think I am not giving back some the ďloveĒ I got from haters last year.

    The halfway point of the season is here and to give the media something to talk about they devised the notion of midseason awards. The only reason I mention this is to say what a load of crap that is. By the end of Week 17 the story will have changed a hundred times and the guys we all think are all that right now are just footnotes to the season when itís all over with. As for the Cowboys, I hope they just keep on truckiní along until they win Super Bowl LI in Houston next February.

    It was decided that Barry Church will have surgery on his broken arm after all. Last week the Cowboys said doctors told them surgery would not be needed but yesterday they flipped the script and said he did need to go under the knife. What was also said is the surgery wonít change what is now a 4-5 week recovery time which is a good thing. What the surgery entails is installing a plate and screws to facilitate the bone healing properly. Surgery, when you talk about it in relation to someone else is always a ho-hum deal isnít it? When you talk about surgery for yourself itís a whole other deal. It would do us all well to remember that players are people and real flesh and bone is involved when they have to have surgery.

    What may be worthwhile is to give a midseason grade to the Cowboys 2016 draft class so thatís what Iím here to do right now.
    Rd 1 Ė RB Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio St) Ė Nothing to say here except, ďNailed it!Ē
    (A+)
    Rd 2 Ė LB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) Ė the Cowboys new he wasnít going
    to play this year as he makes steady progress recovering from that
    devastating knee injury on January 1st against Ohio State. The
    ligament damage is healed. Slow but sure progress on the nerves in
    his ankle and knee starting to fire. (I) > ďIĒ is for incomplete.<
    Rd 3 Ė DT Maliek Collins (Nebraska) Ė Collins broke his foot in OTAís back
    In May which slowed his progress but he has started to come on in
    The last few weeks and he recorded his first two sacks of the year
    in Cleveland last Sunday. (B+)
    Rd 4 Ė DE Charles Tapper (Oklahoma) Ė Tapper has a back issue that
    sidelined in training camp and he has yet to play a down for Dallas
    this season. (F)
    Rd 4 Ė QB Dak Prescott (Mississippi St) Ė Bases on expectations vs the
    Results weíve seen Dak is an unquestioned hit! (A+)
    Rd 6 Ė CB Anthony Brown (Purdue) Ė Dallas has had crap for luck from the 4th round
    on in most drafts. Brown has come on and shown he is the exception
    to the rule. He is getting tons of playing time with Mo Claiborne hurt and he
    was playing a lot before that when Orlando Scandrick was out. This is
    turning out to be a nice pick. (B)
    Rd 6 Ė S Kavon Frazier (Central Michigan) Ė Frazier is fast, strong and can cover. Not
    bad for a small school guy from the MAC conference. Stephen Jones said that
    the Cowboys had a 4th round grade on Frazier so if he pans out it is a great
    value pick for the Cowboys. With Barry Church hurt Kavon Frazier may actually
    be active on game days. It says a lot about Frazier that he made the active
    roster coming out of camp. (C)
    Rd 6 Ė RB Darius Jackson (Eastern Michigan) Ė Yet another late round pick who made
    the final 53. The scouting report on him reads like the ultimate player profile of
    an NFL RB. Strong, fast, quick feet in the hole, good vision, good receiver
    coming out of the backfield. Makes you wonder why this kid didnít go in the 1s
    or 2nd round. The telling thing is he made the final 53 which is something. I think
    he was drafted against the multi-scenario of Zeke stinks, Darren McFadden
    canít stay healthy, Alfred Morris is washed up and Lance Dunbar canít stay
    healthy. The Cowboys were right about McFadden and Dunbar but obviously
    Zeke doesnít stink and Alfred Morris is far from washed up. Jackson could be
    the long term answer to Dunbar who is in his 5th season and a guy who just
    canít stay out of the training room. (C)
    If I came home with 2 Aís, 2 Bís, 2 Cís and F and an ďIĒ when I was in high school that would have been a bit of a victory in the eyes of my parents. Especially when that ďIĒ could turn into a big fat ďAĒ if things work out right. This is the Cowboys strongest draft in a long time and it will be even stronger if and when Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper can get on the field and play well. Youíve got to give credit where credit is due so give some love to Jerry the GM and the player personnel staff for a draft well done.

    Dallas made a move on their practice squad yesterday releasing G Clay DuBord and signing G Kadeem Edwards. Edwards was a 5th round pick in the 2014 draft by Tampa and heís spent time on the Jacksonville practice squad last season. Just a churn of the bottom of the roster by the Cowboys.

    On the strength of Dallasí dominating win over Cleveland the Cowboys defense has cracked the top 10 in total defense in the NFL. Dallas is the tenth ranked D and they have put some surprisingly good numbers so far. Like, they are one of only 2 defenses in the NFL who have given up no more than 23 points all season. The Cowboys are tied with Arizona for 4th in the NFL in PPG allowed with 17.5. The leader, Minnesota is allowing 15.8. Dallas D is the only one in the NFL that hasnít allowed a 100 yard rusher or a 100 yard receiver yet this season. For the defense to be this efficient is just an added bonus to what is already a surprising season for the Cowboys.

    A lot of talk about team chemistry is bandied about and itís clear this is a close knit group. I think a lot of that has to do with the absence of Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain. They are the very reason, I believe, for Jason Garrettís catch word of the year being ď17 inchesĒ meaning nobody is exempt from team rules which both players broke consistently last season. They were not ďthe right kind of guysĒ that Jason Garrett talks about all the time. They both were jerks who were a constant distraction in the Cowboys locker room. Good riddance to them both. McClain is probably smoking dope at his burned down lake house in Alabama while Hardy was arrested Monday for possession of cocaine. Hardy was pulled over for traffic stop and a subsequent search of his vehicle turned up a bag of coke and a small amount of marijuana remnents (roaches, for the uninitiated). Hardy claimed he didnít know what was in the bag. He said he was given the bag the night before at a party and he didnít know what was in it. Either Hardy is dumbest individual on the planet or he made the worst excuse ever. Regardless, if Hardy is convicted he stands to spend 2 years in jail.

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    The rivalry between Dallas and Pittsburgh is real. The games are as even as two teams can be with an odd number of games played, 31, with Dallas leading 16 wins to 15 for Pittsburgh. Since Dallas beat Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX was back in 1996 in Tempe Arizona there hasn't been as much on the line. Dallas lost a frigid game in Pittsburgh in 2008 but they got revenge by winning in December of 2012 at home.
    It looks like the Cowboys offensive line will be good to go with LT Tyron Smith continuing to manage a bad back during the week to be able to play on Sundays and that appears to be the case this week as well. The Cowboys found a good backup swing left tackle in Chaz Green but he's been out because of a foot injury that they just discovered is partially due to a small bone broken in his foot. He's been out for the past 4 weeks and it may be a couple more before he is back. LG Ronald Leary had been on concussion protocol but he came off that on Friday. Word was that he was still being watched to see how he responds to the trip to Pittsburgh and he could be a game time decision. Hopefully, Leary is a go and if he is that bodes well for the Cowboys.
    The big news this week has been that Tony Romo was a full participant in Cowboys practices all week. Reports are that he's throwing well, moving well and looking pretty good. There is a chance Romo will be active on the roster for the first time in 2016. If he is the question begs, is he able to actually play if Dak Prescott should get hurt? That's the question that assumes Tony isn't the starter and since Dak got all the first team reps this week is a clear indication that Dallas is planning to start Dak. Reports are that Cowboys COO Stephen Jones stated this week that Tony would be open to being the backup to Dak. I'm sure that chaps Romo's ass to have to backup Prescott but if you don't take first team reps you just aren't ready to play an NFL game. If Romo is active and if he is the back up it sets up my scenario I wrote about a couple of weeks ago in which Dak is knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter and Romo comes in with the Cowboys down 7 and he leads the team to a victory. Romo has to start next week against the Ravens at Jerry World and he wins and on a short week the Cowboys play Washington with Romo again the starter and the Cowboys win that game too. It's settled, Romo gets his job back and Dak is his backup and the team keeps rolling all the way to Super Bowl LI in Houston. That is my dream scenario because I want Romo to get his job back and I want him to win the Super Bowl on the field, not on the bench. I know I just pissed off a ton of Dak fans but I don't care. Romo has paid his dues and he deserves this shot with this team. Dak is the future of the Cowboys but in my perfect world his part of the present is on the sideline watching Romo finally having his day in the sun. If Romo is active there is hope this scenario will play out. In all likelihood Romo won't be active because he hasn't had any reps with the 1st team. Those all went to Mark Sanchez and it's not likely Dallas can afford to keep 3 QBs active. So, this is likely Dak's game to win---or lose.
    The biggest mismatch could be Pitt's offense against the Cowboys defense. The Cowboys have played way above expectations and they are actually ranked in the top 10 in the whole NFL. They haven't had to face as dynamic a trio they will face this afternoon in Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Can the Cowboys pressure Big Ben and better yet can they get him on the ground when they get there? Dallas' first order of business every week is to stop the run and the Cowboys will face a stiff challenge trying to stop Bell. The Cowboys have also not faced a receiver the caliber of Antonio Brown but the face is Bell hasn't topped 100 yards in the last 4 weeks and Brown hasn't topped 100 yards but once in the past 5 games. That was two weeks ago against New England. The main reason is because Pittsburgh's O-line has not been all that great. In fact they have a backup at left tackle and that could be the weakest link and the Cowboys main point of attack for their front four. The defense has been decent but it's not your daddy's Steel Curtain and that's for sure. The Cowboys have won 7 straight since losing their season opener to the NY Giants while Pittsburgh is 4-4 on the season mainly because they have lost 3 straight. Pittsburgh also has played the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week and Philly beat the crap out of them 34-3 in what is one the most shocking losses ever for the Steelers. Dallas can win this game if they just keep doing what they've done. Play ball control offense with heavy doses of the run game and solid, opportunistic defense that is only allowing 17.4 PPG.
    There is other incentive to win this week as well. Dallas has a two game lead over the Giants followed by Washington and Philly. All three NFC East teams other than Dallas has a home game this week. Washington is playing a suddenly reeling Minnesota Vikings while Philadelphia is playing Atlanta and the Giants are hosting Cincinnati on Monday night. Again, in a perfect world Dallas beats Pittsburgh, which would be good enough in and of itself, but losses by the other 3 teams would be so sweet. The only game I think is not an advantage of the home team is the Atlanta-Philly game. The Falcons have the No 1 offense in the NFL and so far the bad Matt Ryan hasn't shown up and I really want the Eagles to go down today.

    What does all this mean?

    Dallas 31 Pittsburgh 27

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    I had to let this game digest for a day before talking about it. On one side, Iím happy as I can be that Dallas beat Pittsburgh and improve their record to 8-1. On the other side, I have to come to the final conclusion that my scenarios that Tony Romo comes back and triumphantly leads the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory are highly unlikely. I kind of think the Cowboys are Dak Prescottís team now. Itís great and it sucks. Melancholy is defined by Mr Webster as ďÖa feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.Ē I am a Dallas Cowboys fan and have been almost my entire life but I donít feel like life has been fair to Tony Romo. He deserves better. I have no animosity towards Dak, not at all. As a matter of fact, Iím glad heís been so good. I would much rather be 8-1 at this point with a 2 game lead in the NFC East over the crotch sniffing Giants. I just wish Tony Romo was at the helm leading the way. Damn you Cliff Avril and damn the Seattle Seahawks forever! We have all been told our whole lives things happen for a reason, God has a grand plan. I donít mind saying the plan He had for Romo sucks. I know I should have faith, after all, the season isnít over yet but with the Cowboys saying that Romo is willing to accept a backup role thatís all I need to know. The shame of all this is on Foxís postgame show on Sunday no less than Jimmy Johnson said this, ďDo I think Tony Romo is better than Dak Prescott? Yes, I think Romo is better, but how much better considering the Cowboys are winning? I think the Cowboys have to stick with Dak.Ē Crap. Everyone agrees that Tony is a better QB than Prescott is right now in Dakís career but nobody wants to upset the steam train that is the Cowboys right now. The only way Romo gets on the field now is if Prescott gets injured and Iím certainly not wishing for that to happen. I will continue rooting for the Cowboys and I will be so happy if they can go all the way. For 21 years I have had to put up with the haters rubbing Cowboys losses in my face and itís time for a little payback.

    The Cowboys allowed more than 23 points in a game for the first time on Sunday. It was not an unexpected occurrence because of the weapons the Steelers possess. It was the most dynamic offense the Cowboys have faced this season with the triumvirate of Ben Roethlisberger, LeíVeon Bell and Antonio Brown and it took a Herculean effort to score 35 points to win the game. Especially, after CB Orlando Scandrick left the game in the 4th quarter with a head injury. That meant that Dallas was covering the Steelers with a rookie, a practice squad player and Brandon Carr. The rookie, Anthony Brown has been playing a lot since Mo Claiborne got hurt and has performed well most of the time. The practice squad player, Leon McFadden, was a 3rd round draft pick by Cleveland in 2013. He has bounced around the NFL between the Browns, the Jets, the 49ers, the Cardinals and the Giants before landing on the Cowboys practice squad on October 24th and he was elevated to the 53 man roster just last week. Brandon Carr we are all familiar with. Itís a ragtag bunch that is playing right now but the good news is Scandrick seems to be okay and he should be back this week. If the Cowboys can hang on for two more weeks there is a good chance Barry Church will be back and Dallas can entertain the notion of moving S Byron Jones to CB. That would be a tough move considering how well Jones has been playing at safety.

    Speaking of Jones, I think the most lasting memory of his play against Pittsburgh came in the second quarter when DeMarcus Lawrence tackled LeíVeon Bell and forced a fumble that Jones could have scooped up and ran in for a TD. Instead, he bobbled the ball out of bounds allowing Pittsburgh to retain possession. Jones said after the game, ďMan, extremely frustrating because there was nobody around me. I felt if I scooped the ball I would have scored and it would have been big for the entire team. Just let that one get through my fingers.Ē Jones made way more plays than he missed though including breaking up the pass for the 2 point conversion after Pittsburghís first TD.

    I wonder if there has ever been a game prior to Sunday where a team was 0-4 in extra point attempts. The Steelers scored 4 TDs Sunday and they tried going for 2 all 4 times and failed. If Pittsburgh had kicked the extra points it would have changed the nature of the way the game was played out.

    Sundayís game was a highly emotional game for Dez Bryant. He learned just the night before that his father had died. If you noticed when he scored on the 50 yard bomb from Dak in the first half Bryant didnít throw up the ďXĒ like he usually does, he pointed straight to the sky in paying tribute to his father. Dez didnít have a good upbringing. He had an unusually hard life as a kid but, your dad is your dad and it was a tough day for Dez. In the locker room after the game Jason Garrett praised the team for gutting out the win and he said it was a true team victory but he singled out Dez. In doing so Garrett could barely get the words out because he was so emotional for Dez. Check out the video from DallasCowboys.com and tell me you didnít get a little choked up after it was finished.



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

    Dallas didnít come out of the game unscathed. TE Geoff Swaim injured his pectoral muscle and it will require surgery. It has not been determined if he will miss the rest of the season. The Cowboys were already without James Hanna who had surgery on his knee this past summer and he has been on PUP ever since. It is not likely Hanna will be back anytime soon. The onus of backup TE has fallen on Gavin Escobar and on Sunday he stepped up as he threw key blocks on both of Ezekiel Elliottís last two TD runs.

    After the game Jerry Jones said that Tony Romo will likely be active when the Cowboys face the Ravens next Sunday. He didnít say it in so many words but, the idea is Romo will be the backup to Dak when he comes back. Romo has been practicing for the past 3 weeks and he got a full week of practices in this past week leading to speculation prior to the game that Romo could be active against the Steelers. Romo was not active but his status will change as Dallas heads into Week 10. The odds of Romo resuming his starting role are highly unlikely given the unprecedented run the Cowboys are on right now.

    One last thing. Here is a link to Bryan Broaddusí article from DallasCowboys.com taking a look back at the win in Pittsburgh in his Scoutís Eye feature. Itís a cool article because it includes a video of the play heís talking about in most cases. Itís a great insight on how to look at film to evaluate the play of your team.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-blocking-more
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    I came in to work and I was just getting my day kicked off by checking out what the writers did yesterday evening on DallasCowboys.com when the first thing I saw on the home page was Tony Romo standing at a podium in front of a bunch of media guys. What I soon found out was that Romo read a prepared speech that lasted about 5 minutes that basically was Romo saying that he was aware that the Cowboys, at 8-1 on the season, are now Dak Prescottís team and he was determined to play his backup role to the fullest and be the best teammate possible. It was a speech where he admitted that when he got hurt in Seattle in the 3rd preseason game it was a soul crushing moment. Having to sit on the sideline watching the team have success was the source of one of the darkest times in his life because, as he said, this was the best team he had been on with the Cowboys and he couldnít be out there reaping the benefits of this special team. At one point Romo said that the NFL is a meritocracy which means simply you get what you earn and Dak has earned the right to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He went on to say that if anyone doubts his desire to play and compete is in any way diminished, ďÖ.youíve never known the ecstasy of playing and winning in the NFL.Ē I am incredibly sad that Romo is losing his job this way. You would never see Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Peyton Manning have to have a press conference relinquishing their starting job when they are fully capable of playing at a very high level. It wouldnít happen. Bill Belichick, Sean Payton or Gary Kubiak or John Fox or any other coach Manning had would never disrespect their guy like that. Is it Jason Garrett? Maybe but I think itís Jerry and Stephen Jones and maybe even Will McClay who are making this call. They are caught up in the moment and they donít want to take a chance slowing down the train that is the Cowboys season to date. Jerry, Stephen and Will are caught up in Dak fever and they have just thrown a guy, who has pieces of himself laying all over the fields in the NFL and deserves to be treated with the respect he deserves, under the fucking bus. Iím not unsympathetic to what Dak has done but Romo is the starter and starters donít lose their job to an injury. At least, not until now. I think the fans and media have a lot to do with this decision. Dak fever is everywhere and they are caught up in the excitement of this run the Cowboys are on and fans, probably more than players, are superstitious buggers. Fans who never fail to wear their favorite hat or jersey or lucky shorts on game days are loathe to make a change to screw up the gris-gris going on in Dallas. Dak is their lucky shirt and they donít want change anything. Especially not after the gut wrenching 4-12 season they experienced last year. This is taking my melancholy from yesterday to a whole new level. Damn the Dallas Cowboys, even when they win they make me feel like shit. I just hope I donít start to feel resentment of Dak Prescott going forward knowing that Romo never was given a chance to prove he is still ďThe ManĒ for the Cowboys. Never even given a chance. Itís not Dakís fault but he is certainly benefitting from the change. Fuck the coaches and whoever else was involved in this decision. Iíll bet a million bucks Tony Romo didnít want to make that speech yesterday but he was convinced by Jerry or Stephen to ďtake one for the teamĒ. Something neither Jerry nor Jimmy Johnson were willing to do after the 1994 season and their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl. You could tell Romo hated every minute he spent at the podium giving that speech. Some people said the atmosphere at the speech was dark and somber like a funeral and, I guess it was, in a manner of speaking. I think unless something totally weird happens 2016 will be Tony Romoís final season in Dallas. That, ladies and gentlemen, just sucks pure and simple.

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    I think that if it was a PR move by Tony Romo to gain sympathy by giving "The Speech" on Monday it worked to a tee. The whole friggin world loves Tony now. He could actually get elected to the Hall of Fame based on his career numbers and that speech where he bared his soul in the process of ceding the Cowboys starting QB job to Dak Prescott. This is the same media that used to bash Romo as a choker who lost games in the 4th quarter when, in truth, between 2009 and 2014, nobody in whole NFL had more wins in the 4th quarter after being tied or trailing than Romo. Nobody had a higher 4th quarter QBR than Romo in the same time frame. Every single year he played all 16 games and a year when he only played 15 he threw for over 4,000 yards and over 30 TDs. He is one of only 29 QBs in NFL history to throw for more than 34,000 yards. I began to really despise the NFL Channel's Lindsey Rhodes because all she could do was spew clichťs about how Romo chokes at crunch time. I'm sorry ladies, but all I began to think about Rhodes was she was just a stupid bitch who didn't really know what she was talking about. However, even she had to back of the old clichťs about Romo when he came back after suffering a punctured lung and cracked ribs to lead the Cowboys to an overtime win over San Francisco back in 2011.

    The 3 consecutive 8-8 seasons that began Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach of the Cowboys was BECAUSE of Tony not in spite of him. That was 3 2-14 teams that Tony elevated to .500. Everyone is beginning to see how special he is around the NFL and it's because he got screwed out of his job due to an offseason injury. It's an old NFL axiom that a veteran player doesn't lose his job because of injury unless it's career ending. But, that is what has happened in Dallas. Jason Garrett should have been iterating and reiterating since Week 4 that Dak is doing a fine job for Tony while he rehabs his back. Making it clear each and every week that Tony is the starter, period. No offense to Dak but he was never expected to be this good but it's still should have been emphasized that it's Tony's team from the head coach and GM. But that is not how it's happened. The Cowboys leadership was in a state of "tolerance of ambiguity" whatever the hell that means. Behind closed doors Tony asked to be allowed to win his job back and he was summarily denied that right. Hence, "the speech" on Monday. I'm sure that Tony was trying to put all the controversy and talk about who the starter for the Cowboys is going forward but that's not what has happened. You've heard all the accolades Romo got as a result of the presser on Monday and the side effect of it was an outpouring of support for Tony. Tony, without the ability to play a down unless Dak is hurt is "The Man" in NFL circles and he's become a beloved persona. NFL.com has an article about "America's Quarterback" for goodness sake.

    Now the narrative is, where will Romo end up next season now that he's handed the reins over to Prescott? Jerry Jones says he sees Romo as part of the Cowboys future. Romo is under contract, a very expensive contract, that Jerry doesn't seem to mind paying. He's spent years trying to solidify the QB position and now that it looks good at long last he seems loathe to mess it up. Under those circumstances, if Jerry won't trade or release Romo the only alternative for Tony is to retire if he doesn't want to play second fiddle to Dak. Why would he want to do that? Everybody and their brother says Romo is a better QB than Dak at this point in Dak's career and Romo said himself the competitive fire is burning even hotter now than maybe it's ever been. Don't you think that you would imagine Tony would rather get mule kicked in the nuts every day rather than play second fiddle to Prescott? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. Tony's concession speech was supposed to stop all the yammering about the Cowboys QB situation but it's had just the opposite effect. Everybody is talking about it and the ironic thing is Tony will be the backup QB tomorrow at home against the Ravens and, mark my words, every time Dak does something good, or bad, the camera is going to be right in Romo's face looking for a reaction. It is the first time Tony will be in uniform and available to play in 2016. We are all going to get to see a lot of him but it's likely not how he hoped. God help me, I sort of want Dak to get hurt so Tony can show the Jones family and Jason Garrett how wrong they were to bench him for a rookie with 9 starts under his belt. I don't believe I just wrote that because Dak has done nothing but his job but I can't help feeling some resentment of Dak and THAT is just not fair to HIM. Sometimes I wish I wasn't so passionate about the Cowboys but I've loved this team since I was 10 years old and I just can't help wanting a Pollyanna finish to Tony Romo's career. Pollyanna was just a story and this is real life and sometimes real life just isn't fair. It's the hardest lesson we learn as we grow into adults and some of us never outgrow the angst of that truth.

    I'm putting this to bed. I've gotten tired head over this crap. I won't write about it any more if, for nothing else, than to save my sanity. I am pissed off at myself for not being able to absolutely rejoice over this team in 2016. They have never started this way in franchise history and they have only won 8 straight once in the regular season and that was way back in 1977. Be happy. Be happy. Be happy. okay. I am happy it's just not perfect, yet.

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    The Baltimore Ravens are coming to town. This will be the fifth game these two teams have met---ever. So far in this series Dallas has had zero success against this team---literally. The Cowboys are 0-4 against the Ravens and at least two of these losses have really sucked in terms of how they impacted the Cowboys. Let's take a look at the history of this series.

    > November 19, 2000 - At Baltimore. The Ravens were a good team in 2000. So good, as a matter of fact, they went on and won the Super Bowl that year. Dallas was at the other end of the spectrum. They stunk. All the wealth of talent they had in the 90's was gone. All that was left really was Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith but without a great, or even good cast around them, there was nothing they could do to salvage the season. The 4-6 Cowboys were not much more than sacrificial lambs to the 7-4 Ravens who had just righted their own ship after losing 3 straight by beating Tennessee the week before. It was a rout as Baltimore trounced the Cowboys 27-0.

    > November 21, 2004 - At Baltimore. Just another beating at the hands of the bullying Ravens. It was a different team for the Cowboys. Jerry Jones finally realized he could not win without a good coach so he hired Bill Parcells and he proceeded to turn the Cowboys fortunes around from the 3 straight seasons Dallas suffer 5-11 records under the watch of head coach Dave Campo. It wasn't all Campo's fault of course but who was going to point the finger of just how bad Jerry Jones did his job as GM? In 2003 both the Ravens and the Cowboys were 10-6 when the regular season ended and both ended up in the playoffs. 2004 was a little different as both teams struggled. Baltimore ended the season 9-7 and missed the playoffs while Dallas really regressed to a 6-10 record. Baltimore was 6-3 with hopes of going to the playoffs heading into the game while Dallas was 3-6 and just trying to find a win, period. It wasn't going to happen on that day as Baltimore scored early and often beating Dallas 30-10 in a game that wasn't really even that close.

    > December 20, 2008 - At Dallas. This game sucked and it should not have sucked at all. Both the Ravens came into the game with identical 9-5 records with both needing to win the final two games of the season to make the playoffs. This was the first of both team's final two contests. As has been the case in the Tony Romo era, the defense was not up to the challenge in a game Dallas needed to win. This was a special night for another reason. It was the final game to be played at Texas Stadium and there were players and coaches from the Cowboys history that showed up for what was hoped to be a joyous post game sendoff to the iconic stadium. It didn't happen that way at all. The Cowboys went into the 4th quarter trailing 16-7 but Romo was leading the Cowboys back. Dallas scored 17 fourth quarter points but unfortunately so did Baltimore. Dallas began the scoring with a 35 yard Nick Folk field goal but the Ravens answered with one of their own. The score was 19-10 when the shame of Texas flew in through the roof of Texas Stadium. Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a scoring drive capped by a 7 yard pass from Romo to Terrell Owens to make the score 19-17. Baltimore followed with a 77 yard scamper by Willis McGahee in which he went untouched from the line of scrimmage to the goal line to make the score 26-17. Romo brought the Cowboys back yet again scoring on a 21 yard pass to Jason Witten to again bring the Cowboys within 2 points at 26-24 with 1:36 left in the game. On the ensuing possession the defense, instead of stepping up and getting the ball back to the offense, did just the opposite. They allowed fullback, FULLBACK, Le'Ron McClain to pull of a replay of McGahee's run only it was 82 yards untouched to the house to extend the score to 33-24 with just 1:18 left in the game. Game over. The postgame ceremony to say goodbye to the stadium was not joyous as a cold December rain fell on everyone making a miserable night even more so.

    > October 14, 2012 - At Baltimore. The Cowboys would finish the season with their second 8-8 season of 3 straight to begin the Jason Garrett era in Dallas. Coming into the game Dallas was 2-2 on the season and they were coming off their bye week. Baltimore, 4-1 on the season, would end up with a 10-6 record in the regular season earning them a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. They got on a run in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl and a lot of that success was due to the Cowboys 31-29 loss in this mid-October game. Tony Romo again led the Cowboys to 9 fourth quarter points but the defense yet again could not make a stop in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Romo hit Dez Bryant with 32 seconds left to make the score 31-29 with :32 left in the game. The Cowboys went for two but were unable to convert leaving the Cowboys 2 down and in a fairly hopeless situation. This is until a Dan Bailey onside kick was recovered by the Cowboys to give them new hope. On the first play after the onsides kick Romo threw to Kevin Ogletree but Chykie Brown committed pass interference giving Dallas the ball at the Ravens 34 with :26 left in the game. An incomplete pass followed by a 1 yard pass to Dez left Dallas with no choice but to burn their final time out and go for the field goal. Dan Bailey set up for a 51 yard attempt and even though the kick was easily long enough Bailey had hooked it missing wide left giving the Raven the game. It was early in the season but if nothing else changed during the course of the season and Bailey makes that kick Dallas would have won the NFC East with a 9-7 record and made the playoffs while Baltimore would have ended up 9-7 and missed the playoffs, and their 2nd franchise Super Bowl. Don't tell me a game in October doesn't matter.

    Because of the last two losses in this series I have come to hate the Ravens. I really don't like Joe Flacco mainly because I believe he's an overrated hack. In that 2012 season the Ravens don't make the Super Bowl without the play of former Texan Jacoby Jones. It was his play in the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl that elevated the Ravens to wins in both games. Jones should have been the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, not Flacco. So screw the stupid Ravens. The Ravens are the only NFL team that Dallas does not have a win over. Besides that Dallas is shooting for a franchise record 9 regular season wins in a row today. All this scares me coupled with the fact the Ravens defense is pretty darn legit. The are the #1 ranked defense against the run in the NFL. Ironically enough, this the 5th time Dallas has faced the #1 ranked run defense this season. The Bengals, the Packers, the Eagles and the Steelers were all #1 before they faced Dallas. I would love to see Zeke run for a buck fifty against the this Ravens team. I would like to see the Cowboys go over 400 yards in total offense for the 8th straight time. I want to see Dallas hang 42 on those purple clad douche bags. But, you have to give props to the Ravens defense because they are legit. Just one week before Ben Roethlisberger threw for 408 yards, 3 TDs and scoriing 30 points on the Cowboys the Ravens held the Steelers to just 14 points and Big Ben had just 264 yards passing in a 21-14 loss. I want Dallas to win and more importantly I want the Ravens to lose to Dallas just because I hate them.
    The wild card here is not knowing how much of a distraction it's going to be for Dallas to have Tony Romo in uniform on the sideline. He tried to take the controversy out of the equation with his passing of the torch speech on Monday but it fueled a whole different fire. Will this effect the play of the Cowboys this week? That is the million dollar question that will not be answered until around 3:15 this afternoon when the game will close, if not actually, over. Both the Ravens and the Cowboys are getting players back this week but it's the Ravens who look to be giving their defensive pass rush a shot in the arm with the return of Elvis Dumervil which will put even more pressure on Zeke and especially Dak. Dez was listed as questionable but there is confirmation he will play. Can the Cowboys keep the train rolling? Gosh, I really hope so. What does all this mean?

    Dallas 27 Baltimore 17

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    Thereís no time to bask in the afterglow of the record 9th straight regular season win in a row over the Baltimore Ravens. In just 3 days the Cowboys will have to strap it up again to face the Washington Redskins. When I began this post I was going in a different direction but when I thought about the rivalry between Dallas and Washington on Thanksgiving I figured, what the heck, and took a look at why the Cowboys play on turkey day and see what the Cowboys-Redskins matchups have been like. I will try to be brief.
    The NFL has played games on Thanksgiving since its inception in 1920. The concept of Thanksgiving game actually goes back all the way to 1876 when the game was invented. It was decided to play a T-Day game because, back then, people usually had a day off for the holiday. Nice. Colleges embraced the Thanksgiving Day game and several annual rivalries developed like Princeton v Yale and the University of Michigan played on Thanksgiving as well.
    In 1966 when Dallas was just 5 years into its existence the Cowboys were offered the chance to play on Thanksgiving and Club President Tex Schram, being a forward thinking fellow, said okay to the Thursday game IF the NFL agreed to allow Dallas to play regularly thereafter. Back then nobody wanted to play on the holiday for obvious reasons but Schram saw this as a chance to guarantee the Cowboys a high visibility game every single year. It was just one of the many forward thinking innovations Schram came up with to promote the Cowboys. Along with the success of the Cowboys on the field things like claiming Thanksgiving for themselves was a big part of the making of ďAmericaís TeamĒ. Detroit also is traditionally the other game on Thanksgiving and that goes back to 1945, the first Thanksgiving game since 1941 because of WWII, when the Lions were granted the only game of the day permanently. Itís interesting to note that prior to WWII the holiday was jokingly called Franksgiving for a couple of years because of a controversy over then President Franklin D Roosevelt wanting to move the holiday from the last Thursday in November to the 4th. Thanksgiving has been on Thursday since the time of George Washington and it was made official when, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation that Thanksgiving would be on the last Thursday of November. However, in 1933 November had 5 weeks and retailers asked FDR to move the holiday back a week so there would be an extra shopping week for Christmas. FDR denied the request but it came back up in 1939 and FDR was still in office and this time when retailers came a-knockin FDR agreed and declared the holiday would be on the 4th Thursday in November. A lot of states poo-pooed the idea and continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday. For two years there were 2 Thanksgiving holidays in the USA, Franksgiving and the traditional holiday. In 1941 Congress passed a law stating that Thanksgiving would be held on the 4th Thursday of November. Interestingly enough, Texas was the last state to adopt the new 4th Thursday law and they did that in 1961 two full decades after the law had been passed.
    The Cowboys have hosted the Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1966 except for 1975 and 1977 when teams raised hell over the Cowboys overexposure. They wanted the mini-bye after the Thanksgiving Day game and other teams were jealous of the Cowboys stranglehold on Thanksgiving. I guess they werenít so interested in Detroit having the same stranglehold as Dallas probably because Detroit had sucked, did suck and would continue to suck so people werenít as worried about them. I guess the other teams figured the Lions had so little to cheer about they might as well throw them a bone. Since 1966 Dallas has played in 48 Thanksgiving Day games. Their overall record is 29-18-1 with the lone tie coming against San Francisco when they played to a 24-24 stalemate in 1969.
    Since the Cowboys were going to have a series of 3 games in 14 days Tom Landry saw this as an opportunity to catapult the Cowboys into the stretch drive to the playoffs. His goal was to win the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day and the next Sunday they played after Thanksgiving. It was all predicated on taking advantage of the mini-bye afforded them by playing on Thursday. If you could win on a short week then the advantage you took into the following Sunday was huge. Win all 3 games and it was like a nitrous oxide charge into the month of December. Itís significant to note here that from 1966 through 1986 The Cowboys enjoyed 20 consecutive seasons with a winning record. That 3 game stretch in November was a big part of that success. No other team in any other sport including the NFL has a team with that degree of success. Fielding good teams every year didnít hurt either. In the same 20 year stretch Dallas only missed the playoffs 3 times, in 1974, 1984 and 1985.
    The Cowboys-Redskins rivalry has only been played on Thanksgiving 7 times with Dallas owning a 6-1 record. The Redskins lone win was the last time they met in 2012. Dallas was 5-5 heading into their Thanksgiving matchup with hopes of getting on a run to get into the playoffs. It didnít happen as the Redskins were in the middle of resurgence behind then-rookie RGIII. Dallas lost that day 38-31 and 5 weeks later in the season finale the Cowboys needed a win over the Redskins to clinch the NFC East and make the playoffs. RGIII completed the series sweep of the Cowboys and dropped them into their 2nd straight 8-8 season under Jason Garrett with Washington winning the division and making the playoffs instead.
    The most memorable game in the series was probably the 1974 game at the height of their rivalry. George Allen was the head coach of the ĎSkins and heís the catalyst for the intensity of the rivalry in the first place because he hated Dallas. His ďOver-the-hill GangĒ came into Dallas wanting to complete the season sweep of the Cowboys after beating them in Washington 11 days prior to the Thanksgiving game. 1974 was the first year since 1966 that Dallas didnít make the playoffs and it was the last season for many of the Cowboys greats who laid the foundation for the great teams of the previous decade. Bob Lily, Bob Hayes, Calvin Hill and Craig Morton were among those playing in their last season with Dallas. There was one last hurrah for Dallas and it came on Thanksgiving but it didnít look like it would turn out that way. The Cowboys were down 16-3 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and Roger Staubach was knocked out of the game with a concussion when in came the greatest one hit wonder the Cowboys have ever had, Clint Longley. Longley came in and orchestrated 3 TD drives in the quarter. He hit TE Billy Joe Dupree with a 35 yard TD pass in his first series. In the next series he led Dallas on a 70 yard drive capped by a 1 yard TD run by Walt Garrison and in the Cowboys final series he threw up a Hail Mary hitting Drew Pearson for a 50 yard game winning touchdown that gave Dallas a 24-23 win. In 1976, two seasons after this game, a locker room altercation between Staubach and Longley occurred which included punches being thrown. Longley was subsequently traded to San Diego for a 1st and a 2nd round draft picks which Dallas parlayed with two other draft picks to move up to the 2nd pick in the 1977 draft to select Tony Dorsett. The only two good things that came of Longleyís NFL career was that Thanksgiving Day win over Washington and the draft picks Dallas got getting rid of him that ended up enabling Dallas to acquire a future Hall of Fame running back. Still, not bad for a kid out of Ė wait for itóAbilene Christian, one of our Southland Conference compadres. It sure is a small world isnít it?
    Round 8 in this Thanksgiving Day series is this week and it should be a good game. Washington is just 2-1/2 games behind Dallas in the NFC East. The Redskins will be looking for a little payback for the Week 2 loss to Dallas in Washington. Dallas is on an unprecedented 9 game winning streak with them looking to make it 10 on Thursday. Despite having the best record in the NFL and owning that 9-1 record this game and the month of December wonít be any picnic for the Cowboys. The Giants just wonít go away as they keep squeaking out wins and they are just 2 back of Dallas at 7-3 with next meeting of the two just two weeks away. There is no room for errors so Dallas needs to win on Thursday. They NEED to win bad. As usual, Thanksgiving will be interesting, to say the very least.

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    I don't have much time with all the holiday stuff going on with the holiday so I've got to be brief. Cowboys-Redskins is as good as it gets when talking about NFL rivalries. Too many times in recent memory the rivalry has been less than compelling because neither the Cowboys or the 'Skins have been in contention for anything. That doesn't mean that the rivalry hasn't been interesting. Over the years when one is clearly not going anywhere and the other is playoff bound the team with nothing to lose often wins. That's just the nature of this rivalry. Records don't matter, only the game at hand matters. This year the game matters. Despite a 9-1 record the Cowboys are only two games up on New York and a 2-1/2 games up on Washington and 6 games remaining in the season. The division is not a lock for Dallas or anyone else. So, besides the rivalry to play for the game matters. A lot is on the line. The Redskins have gone 6-1-1 since losing to Dallas in Washington way back in Week 2 on September 18. Dallas is 9-1 winning all 9 in a row. They have gone through the emergence of Tony Romo's ceding his starting job to Dak Prescott and they appear to be unstoppable but, again, this is the Redskin game, anything can happen.

    So, what does that mean? Dallas wins it's tenth in a row but it won't be easy. Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to all!


    Dallas 34 Washington 31

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2016 Regular Season

    Wow, ten in a row. The Cowboys are rolling along like they have never rolled before in the history of this franchise. The closest thing, and it's an even better thing than what's happening now, is the roll the Cowboys got on in 1971. After the first seven weeks of the season Dallas was 4-3 and the biggest question looming over the team was whether the starting QB should be Craig Morton or Roger Staubach. Tom Landry couldn't decide which, even alternating the two every play in one of their games. But, at last, Landry decided on Staubach and the team never looked back. That was back when the regular season was 14 games and there was only one Wild Card team. Dallas reeled off seven straight wins to end the season with an 11-3 record and they plowed through their two playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl by beating the Vikings 20-12 in the divisional round and they followed that up with a victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship game 14-3. They went into Super Bowl VI in Miami against the Dolphins needing to exercise the demons of "Not being able to win the big one" or the equally hateful moniker of being "Next year's champions." The did it by destroying the Dolphins 24-3 in, what was at the time, the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl. Dallas had gone on an epic roll and they won 10 games in a row ending in a Super Bowl victory. The culmination of this ten game winning streak is just a happy Thanksgiving but after a horrendous 4-12 2015 I'll definitely take it and I am grateful for it. I'll bet there a lot of fans out there who feel the same.

    Just a note or two from the game.
    > As good as Dak has been he missed two opportunities for TD's in the game that are just about unforgivable had it not been the fact Dallas scored anyway. In the first quarter Dez was lined up against Josh Norman in man coverage. There was no deep safety help on the play. Dez ran up the left hash mark and about 15 yards downfield Dez juked to the left and broke on a deep corner route to the right. Norman bit big time on the fake and Dez was all alone with nothing but open field ahead of him. A simple pitch and catch that would have been a sure touchdown but Dak didn't see it and he checked down to someone else for a small gain. Later in the second quarter Brice Butler ran a go route straight down the middle of the field getting behind the corner and the safety covering him. This time Dak saw it but he overthrew the ball. The real hell of it was that Jason Witten was running a seam route parallel to Butler's route and Witten was even more open than Butler. Dak didn't put up big numbers passing but he was efficient.
    > For the 2nd week in a row Zeke rushed for 97 yards and he added another 2 catches for 23 yards but I really need Zeke to stop coming up short of that 100 yard barrier. I have him in one of my fantasy leagues and players get a 10 bonus if a rusher or receiver gains 100 yards or more. The lack of a bonus didn't hurt me last week as I won handily but something tells me I'm going to need those 10 points before the weekend is out.
    > The refs stunk in this game and, especially after the major faux pas in the Texans Monday night game, aren't we all a little sick of the incompetence of the refs by now? It seems like every one of the officiating crews just stink to high heaven this season. The NFL VP over officiating Dean Blandino is a weasel and there seems to be no recourse other than to fire the guy and hire a man who isn't such a dick to take his place. Then the new guy needs to crack down on all these stupid ass refs.
    > The Cowboys have gotten some really good play out of JJ Wilcox this season. After trying to learn how to play safety on the fly since being moved from WR to safety in his senior season in college. In this, his 4th year in the NFL, all that on the job training is paying dividends. Wilcox is having the best season of his career. Because of his spotty play in his first 3 seasons it looked like the experiment in making him a safety was a complete bust. He had been terrible in coverage, he wasn't a sure tackler in the open field and really the only thing he could do well was come forward toward the line of scrimmage and make hard hits. This season all that has changed and the narrative on the player has done a big 180 from being a guy everyone wanted to cut coming out of training camp this summer to one of the best defenders on the team. He can cover, he can tackle and he's still able to lay the lumber on people. Wilcox missed a big chunk of the 4th quarter after injuring himself tackling TE Jordan Reed near the Cowboys sideline. He was seen walking normally in the bench area later in the game, hopefully, he will be ready to go against the Vikings next week.
    > Dallas didn't record a turnover for the 3rd consecutive game Thursday, technically speaking. Sean Lee intercepted a pass for a two point conversion by the redskins in the 4th quarter of the game. It was comical because Lee seemed to not be able to decide if he should run the ball or kneel down and stop the play.
    > Terrence Williams seems to have a knack for getting his feet in bounds for a catch. In 2014 against the Seahawks in Seattle the Cowboys were facing a 3rd and long at a critical juncture of the game when Romo hit Williams near the right sideline. There was almost no window to throw into but Tony Romo hit that tiny window. Williams jumped up and caught the ball while dragging the toes of both feet in bounds for a marvelous catch of a terrific throw for a critical 1st down in a game that Dallas ended up winning. Thursday Williams did it again. This time Dak Prescott rolled to his right on first and goal at the Redskins 10 when he spotted Williams at the front right corner of the end zone. Again, there was a very tight window to throw to and Dak put the ball where it needed to be. Williams jumped up and caught the ball as he got the toes of both feet in down, before falling down out of bounds, for the TD. It was Williams only catch of the day but it was a big one because it was the game clinching score for the Cowboys coming with just 1:53 left in the game.
    > It used to be that being a 4th round draft pick for the Cowboys meant you sucked and didn't last long in the NFL. Then, in 2014, Dallas hit on a LB out of Iowa named Anthony Hitchens. Dallas was so pleased with themselves they decided to go get another Big 10 LB in the 4th round of the 2015 draft so they picked up Damien Wilson from the University of Minnesota. Both guys are slightly undersized but they have good instincts and they have made a difference in the Cowboys defense. Wilson has played well enough to win the starting strong size LB position taking it away from veteran Justin Durant. Hitchens is the starting middle linebacker. In 2016 Dallas went with a defensive end, Charles Tapper, out of Oklahoma but he has missed all of the season so far because of a back issue so the jury is still way, way out on him. But, Dallas had two 4th round picks this year and with the second pick the chose a guy from Mississippi State name Dak Prescott. You might have heard of him, he plays a little quarterback.
    > Dallas has had a remarkable draft this year with Zeke, Maliek Collins, Dak and sixth round pick Anthony Brown all making major contributions to the team this year. If and when 2nd round pick Jaylon Smith and Tapper both get back on the field and live up to expectations this could be the best draft class since the "dirty dozen" back in 1975 when 12 rookies made the final roster.
    > Anthony Brown has been really good since taking over for Morris Claiborne earlier this season. He did have a rookie moment in the 4th quarter Thursday. He was split out wide to the offensive right side covering DeSean Jackson who ran a go route straight down the field. For some reason about 15 yards downfield Brown, who was looking at Kirk Cousins in the Redskins backfield, momentarily stopped which was all Jackson needed to open up a 20 yard gap in between himself and Brown making it an easy pitch, catch and run for a TD that came way too easily narrowing the Cowboys lead to 5 points in the 4th quarter. That play notwithstanding Brown has been a huge addition to the Cowboys team and a great value draft pick since he was acquired in the 6th round. Not only can Brown cover, whether it's in zone or tight man, but he is a sure tackler which is more than you can say about either Brandon Carr or Orlando Scandrick. If a receiver catches a ball and you see a Cowboys uniform blur past the guy whiffing on a tackle it's probably Carr or Scandrick.

    The one thing that is really good is that Dallas came out of the game without any major injury concerns. Only the health of JJ Wilcox is in doubt today. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday all the staff writers have been sitting around like everyone else recuperating from the family feast. For that reason any updates and news has been put on hold for a day. Dallas plays again next Thursday so they don't get an extra 3 days off which means today is Tuesday around The Star which means it's a players day off since today is the same as any Tuesday would be under a normal work week. Tomorrow practice will commence, as it would on any other Wednesday, and we'll start hearing news about player's physical condition and get practice updates. The one big change could be the status of JJ Wilcox and the expected return of S Barry Church who has missed the last several weeks because of a broken forearm. It will be nice to get him back and hopefully it won't be much longer before we get Mo Claiborne back.

    Hope everyone had a great turkey day and hopefully everyone survived Black Friday with their sanity. With the Cowboys safely in at 10-1 and Washington falling to 6-4-1, a full 3-1/2 games behind Dallas, we can kick back, eat leftover turkey and root for the Giants and Eagles to get their asses kicked tomorrow and Monday night. Oh well, time to put up the Christmas lights.
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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2016 Regular Season

    The Cowboys are practicing for their Thursday night game in Minneapolis against the Vikings. It is a normal 7 day week for the Cowboys who last played on Thanksgiving last week itís just that today isnít Monday as far as the Cowboys are concerned itís Thursday. Yesterday would be their Wednesday which is the first full day of practice for their week leading up to Sunday, which in this case is Thursday.
    Minnesota is on the same schedule as Dallas as they played on turkey day too. The difference between the Cowboys and the Vikings is Dallas won their game and Minnesota did not. They lost a heartbreaking game to division leading Detroit in Detroit. The Vikings are struggling and Dallas needs to take advantage of those struggles to get their 11th win in a row. Itís really a weird season for Minnesota who began the season 5-0 and was in the conversation about who is the best in the NFC. Then, things changed, and they have stumbled to a 1-5 record in their last six games allowing Detroit who was 2-3 after their first 5 games to overtake them in the division. Minnesota losing to Detroit on Thanksgiving was the game when the Lions took sole possession of the division lead. Both teams went into the game with identical 6-4 records and after the game the Lions emerged 7-4 while the Vikings fell to 6-5.
    Dallasí recent history in Minneapolis hasnít been great. Ever since Dallas passed on Randy Moss in the 1998 draft Dallas has been, quite frankly, the Vikingís bitch. Since the 1998 season the Cowboys are 2-7 against the Vikings but a big part of that was the fact that Dallas stunk for most of those years and Minnesota didnít. The last time the Cowboys won was the last time they played, in 2013, when Dallas won 27-23 in Dallas. The Cowboys have not won in Minneapolis since 1995 which was 21 years ago. This will be the Cowboys first game in the Vikings new stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened this past summer. The stadium is also known as ďThe Crystal PalaceĒ which is evident in the link to the picture of the stadium below.

    http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/images.html

    Going back to the Redskins game for just a sec, IMO the play of the game was the recovery of the onside kick attempt the Redskins made after they scored a TD to make the score 24-19 in favor of the Cowboys with 10:49 left in the game. Redskins coach Jay Gruden elected to go for the onside kick and it may well have been successful if not for the hustle of LB Damien Wilson. The kick was up the middle and heading straight for TE Gavin Escobar. Escobar was backing up on the ball and it would have been close if Escobar could have recovered faster than the oncoming Redskins players. Wilson took the doubt completely out of the play by attacking the ball. He cut in front of Escobar and made a sure handed grab that allowed him to immediately take control of the ball. It was a calculated risk by the Redskins that really was a gutsy call and considering the momentum Washington had in the 4th quarter of the game. I have no doubt if Washington had recovered the ball they would have driven down to score the go ahead TD. The back and forth that happened in the 4th quarter would be been to the Redskins benefit since Dallas would have been the team playing from behind. Wilsonís hustle and sure hands saved the game for the Cowboys. I honestly believe Dallas would not have been 10-1 without his reaction on that play.

    Back to the Minnesota Vikings for just a bit. There are a lot of ties that bind the Cowboys and Vikings. The Vikes head coach is Mike Zimmer who was a defense coach during the Cowboys glory years in the 90ís as are several members of his staff. One guy, Norv Turner, was the Vikings OC but he just up and quit a few weeks ago which was totally unexpected. There is one player who has been a member of both teams during his career in CB Terrence Newman. Newman was the last CB chosen by the Cowboys in the first round prior to their selection of Mo Claiborne 5 years ago.
    Newman was selected with the 5th pick of the 2003 draft and he played 9 years in Dallas when the Cowboys allowed him to leave after the 2011 season due to age and salary cap reasons. Considering the needs of the Cowboys you have to look back and say that Newman and DE DeMarcus Ware are players the Cowboys should have kept considering how they have played since they departed Dallas. Newman played 3 years in Cincinnati on a perennial playoff team and he followed Mike Zimmer, who was the Bengals DC, to Minnesota when Zim got the head coaching job in 2015. At age 38 Newman is still playing at a high level on a Vikings defense that is among the best in the NFL. The Vikes havenít been struggling on defense over the past 6 games, it has been the offense that has been the Vikings downfall and itís probably why Norv Turner quit seemingly out of the blue. Newman has reached a level of experience that rivals other aged CBs like Washingtonís Darrell Green or the Raiders Charles Woodson who played into their late 30ís. This article from DallasCowboys.com talks about Newman in his career with Dallas and since. How much would having Newman and Ware have benefitted the Cowboys in 2014? The Cowboys tried to do the smart thing by letting go of players who were thought to be closer to the end of their careers than the beginning and they saved salary cap money but Dallas might have won a Super Bowl in 2014 with them still in the fold. As Don Meredith used to say, ďIf Ďifsí and Ďbutsí were candy and nuts weíd all have a Merry Christmas.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ing-he-belongs

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    The Cowboys have just one more day to wait before they play their 3rd game in just 12 days. Same for the Vikings and a win in this game will be a major boost for the winner because of the extended time off until their next game and because a win is a win, as they say. The difference for Dallas is, if they win, the Cowboys can conceivably clinch a playoff spot. With 4 games to go Dallas can guarantee themselves a trip to the post season. Now, Iím not saying they are going to clinch the division with the win because they canít because the pesky Giants are just two games back and they have been on a hot streak as they are 9-3 for the first time since 2007 and winners of six straight games. If both Dallas and the Giants win this week it will come down to a showdown the following Sunday between these two teams and if Dallas beats the G-men they will clinch the division. But, Jason Garrett would admonish me for looking so far ahead when they have the Minnesota Vikings at 7:25 Thursday night. Staying focused is the trademark of this team so far in 2016. I need to follow suit.
    The Vikings have a good defense and we know this because they may be sporting a 6-5 record but there is one thing clear any team that beats the Vikings will be in a slugfest. Minnesota is 2nd in the NFL in average PPG allowed at just 17.5 and the most points they have allowed in a game is 26 by the Redskins when they played on November 13th. Dallas just allowed Washington to score 26 last week on Thanksgiving. Dallas has been pretty good at not allowing opponents to score a lot of points and, at one point this season, Dallas was 2nd in points allowed per game at 17.8. The Cowboys are currently 5th in the NFL in PPG with 19.4. Ironically enough they are tied with fellow NFC Easters Philadelphia and New York but that is for another day. Dallas is doing it a little differently than the Vikings. The Vikings just stop people. They are in the top 1/3 in the NFL in rush and pass defense and they are 3rd overall in yards allowed per game. Dallas does it by being tough in the red zone. They force teams to kick field goals and in some case attempt and miss field goals. The Redskins were in the Cowboys red zone 2 times in the first half last Thursday and came away with just two field goals to show for their effort. The Skins also attempted two other field goals outside the red zone and missed. Those two misses were the difference between Dallas winning or losing the game. Dallas is ranked 21st overall in yards allowed. Fortunately, the Vikings are ranked dead last in total offense and tied with the Jets in passing offense. Sam Bradford doesnít take shots down the field much and he has been known to throw a careless pick. Dallas rushing defense is good and the Vikings are dead last in the NFL rushing the football. This wonít be an easy game for the Cowboys to win and they will need to stay patient with their running game. This is yet another game the Cowboys will face an opponent at the top of the defensive standings and the Cowboys have proven to be up for all previous challenges. This will be a nail biter of a game and one where 20 points or less could win the game.

    Is this sacrilege? I sort of hope the Vikings injure Dak so Tony Romo can play. I donít want Dak to have anything major like an ACL or Achilles tear but a concussion or a high ankle sprain would suffice. Something to get Tony back where he belongs, on the field. I feel sort of melancholy about the Cowboys success so far because I really think the Cowboys did Tony wrong. He certainly deserves much better than heís gotten from the Jones family. I still want Tony to come in and lead this team to a Super Bowl LI win. Iíll be happy if Dallas wins the SB with Dak, I have nothing against Dak, I just think Tony is a better QB than Prescott at this point in Dakís career and Tony has earned the right to have his day in the sun. Roger Staubach had to wait his turn as did Danny White not to mention a guy like Steve Young. Itís no slight to Dak to sit behind a guy with Hall of Fame numbers for a couple of years. Props to Dak for what heís done this season but, in my mind, this is still Tonyís team.

    Hereís a link to DallasCowboys.comís Film Room featuring former scout and staff writer for the Cowboys Bryan Broaddus breaking down 3 key plays from the Redskins game that were key plays in the Cowboys Thanksgiving win.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...anksgiving-win

    In yesterdayís practice the Cowboys were without LB Sean Lee because Lee was sick. Hopefully he will be recovered by tomorrow night. The Cowboys were also missing S JJ Wilcox and Terrell McClain. Wilcox suffered a quad injury against the Redskins and his status is highly questionable for the Vikings game. That is a bad thing because while Barry Church was back at practice he was listed as limited. The depth of the Cowboys secondary has been severely taxed this season and if Church canít go and Wilcox is out it presents a whole new level of concern for the back end of the Cowboys defense.

    Weíve all heard the ongoing tiff between Dez and Washington CB Josh Norman. Somebody posted an Instagram animated cage match between the two. Pretty funny although the ďDezĒ character doesnít look much like him itís still a funny video. The link below is to Bleacher Report and just scroll down a little bit and the video is available.

    http://bleacherreport.com/dallas-cowboys

    Dallas is in huge need of a pass rusher and the 14 game suspension of Randy Gregory will up soon. The trouble is he could be facing yet another suspension for yet another failed drug test. This was reported about a month ago but it was an unsubstantiated report so itís not a bona fide fact as yet. Gregory has been allowed to work out at the Cowboys facility but realistically there is no way in hell he will be able to contribute much even if he isnít banned for another year. He missed a big chunk of his rookie season and all of his sophomore season so far and he was in rehab during training camp so to think he can come in a make a difference is a total dream scenario.

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