2008 Opponents Announced

Here is a complete list of the Cowboys’ 2008 opponents:

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Information from dallascowboys.com



Cowboys Fizzle, While Redkins Dazzle 

The Washington Redskins absolutely dominated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday during a 27-6 routing that had the Cowboys ending their regular season on a sour note.

For the Redskins it was their fourth straight victory as they continue to play inspired football since the death of Sean Taylor.  On the flip side, the Cowboys continued their string of uninspired football and many are fearful of their latest efforts, and what seems like an overall complacency that has set in.

In their last three games, the team has scored only 32 total points after averaging 30 points or more for the first 13 games of the season. They have now lost two of their last three games, with both losses coming against NFC East rivals. At a time when most teams are playing their best football of the season, the Cowboys are playing their worst. They now head into their bye week wondering what happened to the team that was once considered the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl only three weeks ago.

Dallas fans hoped to see Jason Witten and Tony Romo set new franchise and NFL records, but instead were treated to some less notable records instead. They set the franchise record for worst rushing yards (-1) and worst total yards (147). They allowed an aging and unproductive Clinton Portis to become the first running back to rush for 100 yards this season.

For the first time this season, the Cowboys looked frustrated, angry and bewildered by their lackluster play during their last three games. Tony Romo finally had the smile wiped off of his face as he threw his helmet in disgust as his frustration clearly got the best of him.

Even Wade Phillips admitted to playing "uninspired" football. "I told our guys and I feel this way, the word for us is ‘uninspired,’" Phillips said. The trouble with playing uninspired football in the NFL, is that it often leads to disappointment and heartbreak.

Maybe it was Patrick Crayton who said it best…

"We were very, very uninspired," Crayton said. "You don’t ever want to play like that. Yeah, people said we had nothing to play for, but I don’t ever like to lose and we did have something to play for. We had a chance to go 14-2 and have the best (regular-season) record in franchise history. We can’t play like this. But we’ve got two weeks to get it right."

The Cowboys were without Andre Gurode, Terrell Owens and Terrence Newman, who were all nursing injuries, but most of their starters were in the game throughout most of the damage inflicted by the Redskins. Marion Barber fell 19 yards short of his first 1,000 yards rushing season, and Jason Witten fell four catches short of breaking the NFL record for catches by a tightend. Terry Glenn started the game for the first time this season, but was hit hard and often and had no catches on the day.

Well, the Cowboys now have two weeks to figure things out and try to find something positive that they can take from this game. Ironically, these same Redskins could face the Cowboys again in the Playoffs. The Cowboys need to get healthy and do some serious soul searching. Wade Phillips who has never won a post season game in his career, must get this team firing on all cylinders before we face the best the NFC has to offer. The Cowboys season is far from over, but they need to start playing football like they did at the start of the season if they want to advance.

2008 Pep Rally: Bill Bates Cowboy Ranch

Come out and support the Cowboys next Saturday, January 5th, for a Cowboy Bonfire & Pep Rally at Bill Bates Cowboy Ranch. The celebration kicks off at 6pm-10pm, with live music, food, a bonfire, and tons of Cowboys fans. Bill Bates will be there along with other Cowboys personalities.

Tickets are only $20, but they are limited. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ron Springs & Everson Walls Gift for Life Foundation. Get your tickets NOW!

Visit http://www.billbatescowboyranch.com/ for complete details.




Cowboys (13-2) vs. Redskins (8-7)  Sunday, December 30, 3:15 PM CT on FOX

Week 17 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys have nothing to play for as it relates to their playoff positioning for the season when they meet the Redskins at FedEx Field in the regular season finale.  They have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with Green Bay’s loss to Chicago last week.  However, a win would set a new franchise record for most wins in a season, and it is always sweet to beat the Redskins.  A Dallas win would probably knock the Redskins out of the playoffs as well. 

The Cowboys will be resting a lot of their starters, and even the ones that do play probably won’t see more than a half of game action, but that still doesn’t mean that we won’t be trying to win this game.  Wade Phillips has continued all week the importance of winning this game all week, so it should be very competitive.

You have to applaud the Redskins after the death of Shawn Taylor.  After a loss in the first game after his death, they have one three straight games, and if they get into the playoffs, can become a very dangerous team.

Terry Glenn could come back for this game, but with nothing to play for, he probably won’t play for very long if he gets in. 

With this game being meaningless in the standings for the Cowboys, starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff (knee), starting cornerback Terence Newman (knee), and starting center Andre Gurode (knee) are all out.  Starting wide Receiver Terrell Owens (ankle), and cornerback Pat Watkins (ankle) are also out.  Terry Glenn (knee) is listed as probable, but it will depend on the weather conditions on whether or not he will play.

Patrick Crayton Agrees To 4-Year Contract Extension

As we reported here on this site last week, Patrick Crayton was next in line for a contract extension. Today both sides agreed in principle on a new 4-year extension that will pay Crayton $14 million dollars and includes a $6 million dollar signing bonus.

Crayton has made it clear throughout the season that he had no intentions of playing for any other team besides the Cowboys. When rumors began to surface that he might join Bill Parcells in Miami at the end of the season, he immediately refuted the rumors and said "This is the only place I want to be."

Patrick Crayton has done a fine job filling in for an injured Terry Glenn and has 48 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

We Could See a Little of Everyone in the Season Finale

The Cowboys season finale will take place this Sunday at 3:15 p.m. central time, in Washington. Yes, the time has been changed, hopefully that will allow more regions to tune in to the final game of what has been an exciting record-breaking year for the Dallas Cowboys.

A lot of people believe the Cowboys can take it easy for this game, and some want the Cowboys to go full force. Personally, I’d rest the starters. Especially with the injuries we’ve encountered in the last two games, it’s just not worth the risk. I think Wade and Jerry agree with that theory.

Rumors are that Romo will take limited snaps and is expected to hand the ball over to Brad Johnson early in the game. Terrell Owens is of course out for this game, Sam Hurd will start in his place. The biggest news of the week though – Terry Glenn’s return! Glenn practiced with full pads today. He may come out a little rusty, but to know he is eligible to play makes me feel a little better about Terrell Owens absence this week.

Others are speculating Marion Barber to sit out for most of the game and let the ‘starter’ Julius Jones play almost a full game. Wade Phillips and crew have used both Jones and Barber all season, but differently than Bill Parcells did last year. They have split drives instead of downs for most games. Its been interesting, but despite Jones’ starting status, Barber has been more of a star. This was proven when Barber was recently awarded his first Pro Bowl nod.

I’m actually looking forward to seeing some of our backups play. It’s good to see what you have and I believe we have excellent depth all around this team. Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are – Home Field Advantage, First-Round Bye, No. 1 Seed in the NFC, etc. – without the starters who have been shining all year long. Take a break guys, we need you to rest up for the playoffs. We believe this is the year, we break that 5-time super bowl champs tie, and go all the way for #6!


Merry Christmas Starstruck

Hello Cowboys fans and Lonestarstruck lovers!

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish a very Merry Christmas to Kelly and her family. Kelly (Starstruck) is an amazing lady with talent like I’ve never seen. Her passion for The Dallas Cowboys shows in every thing she creates. She does so much for Cowboys fans and puts so many hours of work into this blog site and the graphics she creates. I am constantly in awe of Kelly.

We’ve been so fortunate lately to begin to really acquire some good writing on here. It’s a terrific group of people. I am so pleased for Kelly’s sake that this site is becoming so successful and attracting such awesome people. It’s Kelly’s standard of excellence that has set the bar and is bringing these great people her way.

I met Kelly on myspace just a little less than 2 years ago and I have grown to know her and love her as a very very close friend. I can’t express my affection for her in words. We have a deep love for our boys (we each have an only child) and we have a ridiculous love for The Dallas Cowboys. In having that in common, we had a foundation to build a beautiful friendship and mutual respect for each other. I feel incredibly blessed to be closing out 2007 with Kelly as a daily part of my life.

I know you all appreciate her as much as I do so if you would just shout out in the comments here and let her know, it will mean the world to her.


I can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with next. It just keeps getting better all the time. 


A Silver and Blue Christmas

This year has definitely been one to remember. Not only has the team been successful, but so has this website I created only a year ago. Maybe they go hand in hand, maybe the team’s success has lead to the success of many things, whatever it is – I am thankful. I am so glad to be a part of this place for Cowboys fans to come together.

I think a lot of us feel the same, this year has been different. We have been able to communicate with Cowboys fans across the nation, even across the world! Whether you believe it or not, the fans make a great difference in the world of sports. We all share a great passion for the silver and blue and we couldn’t be more proud of our ‘Boys.

No matter where the future takes us, we will stand behind this great team like we always have. They have great potential to go all the way, but I say lets take it one game at a time.

From everyone here at lonestarstruck.com, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to the great years ahead for this phenomenal team.


Home Sweet Home

What a nice Christmas present, huh Cowboys fans! With Green Bay’s loss to Chicago today, the Cowboys have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. No matter the outcome of week 16’s games, the Cowboys will have the comfort knowing they will be home because they defeated the Packers back in November.

Dallas has not been the No. 1 Seed in the NFC since 1995, which is also the last time they won a Super Bowl. Coincidence? Only time will tell!

Following the last game of the regular season next week, the Cowboys won’t play again until January 12-13 for the NFC Divisional round. This will give some of our recently banged up players a chance to rest up and get ready.

"This weekend’s results give me a great feeling of pride in the job that has been done by our players and our coaching staff," Jerry Jones said in a statement. "I am particularly pleased for the Dallas Cowboys fans who have given us so much support. They are truly deserving of being able to share in the experience of bringing NFL playoff football back to Texas Stadium. We know that our home crowd will make a positive difference in the outcome of our games in January."  

Way to go Cowboys!


Have a StarStruck Holiday!

Hey everyone! Sorry I’m late. I caught a bug at the worst possible time! I’m all better now and back on my mission: annoying the world one person at a time!

I must have been real good this year. I’m slowly checking off items on my wish list! Play-off tickets have arrived and things are looking real good on the remaining wishes! THANKS, SANTA!! I will take a LOT of pictures to share here! Be sure to stay tuned!

There’s nothing I can say about the Cowboys that hasn’t been said here already.

All I have to say is Way to go, Cowboys and GO CHICAGO!

YA KNOW?! hehe!

Ya’ll have a fantastic holiday. See ya Wednesday!


Cowboys Bounce Back in Carolina for 20-13 Win

Tony Romo showed no ill effects of his right thumb injury that he sustained last week against the Eagles, as the Cowboys hung on for a 20-13 win against the Panthers to improve to 13-2 on the season.  Carolina dropped to 6-9 and was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.  With the win, the Cowboys move just one step away from clinching home-field advantage in the NFC Playoffs.  A Green Bay loss against either the Bears on Sunday or the Lions on the following Sunday clinches it, as well as a Dallas win against the Redskins in the final game of the regular season.

The Cowboys got off to a fast start early on.  On their second drive of the game, Tony Romo led Dallas on a long 13-play drive that was capped off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead early. 

Then it was the Marion Barber Show early in the 2nd quarter.  He chewed up 63 yards on an 80-yard drive that ended in a Marion Barber 5-yard touchdown plunge to extend the Dallas lead to 14-0.  However, on the previous play, Terrell Owens was injured on a first down catch at the Carolina 5.  He has a high ankle sprain.  X-Rays were negative and an MRI is scheduled for Sunday.  He may not be ready next week, but could return for the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The Panthers struck back quickly though, as former Cowboys backup quarterback Matt Moore found Dante Rosario for 13 yards and then after a 39-yard run from DeAngelo Williams, found Steve Smith in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown to cut the Cowboys lead to 14-7. 

The Cowboys tacked on a field to make it 17-7 at halftime.  The Cowboys missed an opportunity to make it even bigger as they didn’t have enough time to get their field goal unit on the field with no timeouts left. 

In the 2nd half, the offenses were stagnant and the defense tightened.  Carolina outscored Dallas 6-3 in the 2nd half, but it wasn’t enough.  Two first downs by Marion Barber III sealed the 20-13 win for Dallas.

Tony Romo looked more like himself against Carolina, completing 28/42 passes for 257 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. 

Marion Barber III had a season-high in rushing.  He carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards while Julius Jones ran it 9 times for just 25 yards.  It is becoming clearer every week that Marion Barber is our true starter in the backfield, despite only being in the game on every other offensive possession.

Patrick Crayton reeled in 7 catches for 65 yards while Jason Witten caught 6 passes for 53 yards.  Before leaving the game with a high ankle sprain, Terrell Owens had 5 receptions for 48 yards and a TD.

Nick Folk was 2/2 on field goals in the game.  He connected from 42 and 23 yards out.  He was also 2/2 on extra points.

The Dallas defense is improving regularly every week now.  Again they were stifling, even without Roy Williams or backup safety Pat Watkins.  Terence Newman was even hurt for much of that game as well.  They held Carolina to just 216 yards of total offense.  The defense recorded 5 sacks.  DeMarcus Ware had 2 sacks, while Greg Ellis and Tank Johnson recorded 1 sack each, although Tank was called for leading with his helmet.  Chris Canty and Jay Ratliff each got credit for 0.5 sack each.  Anthony Henry made the only interception for the Cowboys in the game.

In addition to Terrell Owens’ s injury, Terence Newman, Bradie James, and Jay Ratliff were also injured.  Although all three returned to the game, Terence Newman did not look like himself for the rest of the game.

So with only one game left in the regular season, the Cowboys will still maintain their lead over the Packers in the race for home-field advantage.  It was a little closer than I would’ve liked it to be, but a win is a win.  The final game of the regular season is at Washington on December 30.  If we get help from the Bears this Sunday we won’t have to worry about winning that game, which would be nice to rest a lot of the starters that have been injured the last couple of weeks.