GAME RECAP: COWBOYS 34 – BEARS 10

Cowboys Crush Bears 34-10, Become True Force to be Reckoned With

The Dallas Cowboys became the team to beat in the NFC after the Cowboys annihilated the Bears 34-10 at Soldier Field and improved to 3-0.  The Bears dropped to 1-2.  The offense was doing its usual thing, even against a stout Bears defense, and Anthony Henry even returned one for a TD on defense. 

At the end of the 1st half, it was tied 3-3, but still with plenty of action.  It had a blocked FG, a couple of interceptions, dropped passes, and very questionable officiating.  The 2nd half was a much different story…  for the Cowboys anyways.

After receiving the ball to begin the 3rd quarter, Tony Romo navigated Dallas down the field on a 9-play 89-yard drive that ended in a 3-yard pass to Jason Witten in the back of the end zone for a 10-3 Cowboys lead.  However, on the ensuing Chicago drive Cedric Benson scored from 1 yard out to tie it at 10.  From there on out, it was all Cowboys.

Tony Romo, not phased by the score, but facing a 3rd and 11 from his own 8 yard line, he threw a bullet to Terrell Owens who took it up to the 43 yard line to provide breathing room.  Romo then completed the drive, with a pass in the flat to Marion Barber III who made a powerful run in which he made a couple of would-be Bears’ tacklers miss for a 17-10 Cowboys lead. 

After recovering a fumble on Chicago’s next possession and cashing that into a field goal to make it 20-10, Anthony Henry picked Rex Grossman off again, this time returning it 28 yards for the touchdown to give the Cowboys a 27-10 lead. 

Dallas then finished off the scoring when Marion Barber III recorded his 2nd TD of the night on a 1-yard plunge on 2nd and goal to make the final 34-10 Cowboys.  He previously broke a 54-yard run down to the Chicago 1 to set it up.

Tony Romo had another spectacular night, completing 22/35 passes for 329 yards with 2 TD’s and an INT that really wasn’t his fault.

"I think this journey that we’re going on has been pretty fun, and I think it’s going to be really exciting for the rest of the year," Romo said.

"I think we’re a very explosive offense," Romo said. "The funny thing is last year I think we were a good offense as well, but I was probably more of 67 completion percentage type guy, this year we’re going down the field in chunks. And you’re not going probably going to have as high completion (percentage) but you’re probably going to score more points with the way we’re doing things."

Marion Barber III carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards with a TD while Julius Jones rushed it 7 times for 26 yards. 

T.O. had 8 receptions for 145 yards  while Jason Witten caught 6 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.  Julius Jones caught 2 passes for 29 yards, while Partick Crayton, despite his broken pinky finger, made 3 catches for 27 yards.  Marion Barber III’s only reception was a 10-yard hard-nosed TD.  He had 2 TD’s on the night.

"I feel like it was mission accomplished coming in here and playing against a great defense," Owens said. "They gave Tony some fits. They bring a heck of pass rush and Tony was able to escape and use his ability to get out of some of those jams and find some open guys down the field."

The defense was once again stellar.  Anthony Henry recorded 2 more INT’s, and even returned 1 for a TD.  Roy Williams also had an interception and also recovered a fumble.  Overall the Dallas defense held Chicago to 239 yards on offense.

Nick Folk was 2/3 on FG’s, having one blocked but connecting on a 44 yarder.

So where’s Tony Romo’s contract extension now?  I think he’s shown more than enough to get signed long-term.  Our defense is only going to keep getting better, and with our explosive offense, we’re going to be a very difficult team to beat.  It was a great effort all around in this blowout win that I hope you guys enjoyed tonight.  It was very exciting.  Now we get to heaad home to the friendly confines of Texas Stadium to face the Rams next Sunday.  Can’t wait.

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!

 

 

GAME PREVIEW: COWBOYS @ BEARS

Cowboys (2-0) vs. Bears (1-1), Sunday September 23, 7:15 PM CT on NBC

Week 3 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys look to improve to 3-0 when they invade Soldier field in Chicago to play the Chicago Bears. 

The Cowboys’ offense, which has scored a league-best 82 points so far this year, looks to keep that up this week.  It will be a stern test for Romo and the Cowboys though, as Chicago has only allowed 24 points this season.  This will be a great match-up between the Dallas offense and Chicago defense.  Be sure to keep an eye on that.

I wouldn’t really be too worried about the Bears’ offense.  It’s just not very good and really doesn’t have any potential to be.  They should count on the running game against Dallas’ ‘D’ though.  Despite allowing 6 passing TD’s this year, the Cowboys have yet to allow a rushing TD this year.

This could prove to be a huge game in the long run, possibly being the tiebreaker that determines who has home field advantage in the playoffs throughout in the NFC or who gets the 2nd seed and a bye in the 1st round.  I think that many people seem to overlook this because of the Cowboys signing of DT Tank Johnson.

WR Terry Glenn (knee) and LB Greg Ellis (achilles) are still out.  CB Terence Newman (heel) and LB Kevin Burnett (ankle) are probable.

Sorry this is up a little late.  I had a funeral to go to on Saturday.  Time to get your rifles out!  We’re goin bear huntin’! 

 

 

 

Rex Vs. Romo? You Make The Call!

Hello my name is David. But you can call me Rubini. Yes, I’m the new kid in town.

I would like to officially welcome you to the first installment of my thoughts and predictions on your favorite team.. rather "our" favorite team – "America’s Team", the beloved Dallas Cowboys. Please keep in mind that we all thrive off commentary. I enjoy, welcome and encourage passionate feedback. Positive or negative. Go for it! Voice your opinion and let’s have fun this year! Cool? Alright!!

When it comes to this Sundays match-up between the Cowboys and Bears, there are many uncanny similarities and many major differences between the two quarterbacks. We all must thank heaven and thank our lucky blue and silver stars concerning the latter!

Both QB’s are in their 5th season. Both play in the NFC Conference, and both are the captains driving the ship of a well oiled playoff team with realistic goals to win a Super Bowl this year after a disappointing and anticlimactic 2006-2007 season.

And that’s where the coincidences and similarities sharply appear to die.

Romo is simply a superior quarterback. From what we have seen thus far, Tony seems to have truly "learned" a bit  from last years remarkable (yet heartbreaking) rags to riches to rags melodrama. This year, Romo seems much more poised and in control as he isn’t forcing anything when the offensive line crumbles or when coverage is too tight. He may take a sack, or he may even run and scramble for a gain? But Romo isn’t throwing silly interceptions like his Chicago rival Rex or like Tony himself did towards the end of last season. 

I like the fact too that "Baby Bum" (term of endearment) and Garrett are willing to let Romo "loose" to improvise. Unfortunately, Big Bill last year was the one who felt it absolutely necessary to negate Tony the freedom to run and create. He was putting away the anointing oil when perhaps he should have put in an order for  some more? 

Romo’s a gifted scrambler ala the original Cowboys "Dodger" Roger Staubach. Romo doesn’t ever need to be caged up again as that would only kill his spirit and eventually his effectiveness. Wade and Garrett get Romo. They understand Romo better than I ever could have imagined! Along with Garrett’s new, fresh approach to handling Romo the new poised, "controlled" gunslinger, we should see plenty of all the cool, electrifying, fun stuff that comes so naturally to Tony.

And unlike Rex in either 06′ or now in 07′, Romo again has the command and the respect of his teammates. That’s huge! And once again, Romo has recaptured the rest of the NFL’s respect at large. Rex may have led his Chicago Bears team to the big enchilada last year, but this year there are even more questions than there are answers when it comes to Grossman. The stats speak for themselves.

In Dallas’ last two victories, Romo threw for 531 yds, with 6 TD’s and just one pick and a passing rating ranked 2nd in the league. Grossman on the other hand, has just barely over 300 yds with 3 picks, one lousy touchdown pass, and is sitting on a rating that ranks at nearly the very bottom of all QB’s both in the NFC and the AFC.

Romo should positively give last years NFC champs a major headache up in the Windy City at Soldier Field. 

With a big win against the Bears this Sunday, expect the Romomania bandwagon to get extremely crowded once again. I’ll save you a spot next to the window.
 
 
What’s your opinion? Does Rex have a 300 yard game in him to beat The Boys on his home turf? Will Romo shine once again on primetime television and live up to all the growing hype? Let us know your thoughts!
 

My Prediction:   Cowboys 31    Bears 24

Injury Report: Week 3

Game Status:
Out:

LB Greg Ellis (Achilles)
WR Terry Glenn (Knee)

Questionable:
CB Terence Newman (Foot)

Probable:
LB Kevin Burnett (Ankle)

 

Terry Glenn will continue to be out until closer to midseason, if not longer.

Greg Ellis did not practice on Thursday, and is far from being game ready.

Terence Newman is looking alot better in practice, but still limited. Wade Phillips is saying Newman is a game-time decision. If they decide to activate Newman at gametime, he will play a limited role.

Patrick Crayton dislocated his pinky finger in last week’s game. It has not caused a problem, even though for precautionary reasons he has practiced with tape and a splint. He will start on Sunday.

 

From Fan to Enthusiast!

Hey Cowboy Fans!

Did you enjoy the game Sunday? I sure did! I wish all our games were at home though. It’s hard for me to watch from my couch. I want to be there to see it happen for myself!

Since Romo took over as QB last season, I’ve been telling everyone, "This team reminds me of the Cowboys I know and love from way back." The Cowboys are having their best start to a season offensivly since 1971. I didn’t know it went THAT far back until I read about it on DallasCowboys.com… I don’t remember ’71 team! I was an itty-bitty thing back then!! But their attitude and confidence has been reminding me of the team I remember falling in love with… The team that made the world, as I know it, love or hate them. With the Cowboys, there is no in between.

With the Cowboys 2-0 for the season, I’m more optimistic than ever… If that is even possible! My faith in them got a big boost last season. The off-season brought yet another boost. Seeing them in action; seeing what I believed could happen actually happen has made this fan an enthusiast!

This weekend, we meet the Bears on their turf. Their Defense isn’t what it once was. They are allowing yardage the Bears of the past wouldn’t have dreamed of giving up. I’m seeing the Boys leaving Chicago with a 3-0 record. Barber should have a great day. I LOVE IT when he gets the ball.

I won’t comment on Tank. I have been anti-Bears since the Super Bowl Shuffle thing.

Oops! Did I just date myself?

My fantasy teams did better this weekend. I walked away winning 2 of the 4 games. I’ll make a trade or two and improve on that. Meanwhile, I went 9-7 for the second week in a row predicting the games. I’m determined to hit another perfect week this season! My early picks for this week are: Ariz., G.B., Indy, Minn, N.E., Miami, Philly, Pitt, St.L., Den., Cleve., Cinci., Car., Wash., Dallas!, Tenn.

Good luck with your predictions and fantasy teams this weekend!

GO COWBOYS!!

Offense Takes Center Stage in Big D

As we enter week 3 of the 2007-2008 NFL season, one thing has caught the attention of Cowboys fans in the last two weeks.  The Boy’s high powered offense. 

Now everybody knows that Wade Phillips is a defensive genius, but Big Wade has certainly brought a potent offense to Dallas, one they have been lacking since the 90’s.  In the last two weeks, Dallas has scored a league high 82 points.  Tony Romo has thrown for 6 touchdowns, 2nd in the league.  Marion Barber has found the endzone 3 times, that’s tied for first in the league.  Oh, and don’t forget about Terrell Owens, who has quietly scored 3 touchdowns.  That’s good for 3rd in the league. 

The X-factor to this offense though, may be Jason Witten.  Witten shredded the Giants secondary in week 1, and made key catches in week 2.  Give props to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who is utilizing the many weapons Dallas boasts on offense. 

So, as the season rolls on, look for the Cowboys offense to keep on rolling, and put up great numbers. 

 

Extras

* Special shoutout goes out to ESPN’s Mark Schlareth.  Mark threw Dallas under the bus all off-seaon, and took shots at TO every chance he got.  Now, Mark is jumping on the Dallas bandwagon, praising TO for his circus catches and commending Tony Romo for Pro Bowl calibur play.  I do not welcome any bandwagoners, but Mark Schlareth would be the first person I’d shove off of it. 

* I think I speak for all Cowboys fans when I say, what a wonderful sight it is to see the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants both at 0-2, and in the NFC East basement.

* Demarcus Ware is still without a sack, but look for him to have a good outing against Chicago’s JV offense.

* Tony Romo’s quarterback rating of 119.3 is 2nd in the league, behind one Tom Brady, who has an impressive 134.2 rating. 

*Saw where the Cowboys signed former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson to play nose guard in the 3-4.  I love this move by Dallas to give this guy a chance.  He and Jay Ratliff should be quite the duo in the middle when Johnson returns.

Cowboys News: Cowboys sign Tank Johnson

The Dallas Morning news is reporting that the Cowboys have signed Tank Johnson to a 2-year deal. The terms are yet to be announced. Tank Johnson is a former defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears who was let go after some legal trouble.

The Cowboys became interested in Tank after nose tackle Jason Ferguson suffered a torn bicep, ending his season.

Tank was suspended for 8 games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, so you will not see him in uniform until Week 9. The commissioner could lessen his sentence to 6 games but he would have to apply for early reinstatement.

 

Lets Bury The Eagles While We Can

Today, I couldn’t help but notice how many Cowboys blogs and Cowboys fans that suggested we should root for the Eagles on Monday Night Football so that the Dallas Cowboys would be all alone in first place in the NFC East.
 
Nobody wants to see the Cowboys leading the NFC all alone with a perfect 2-0 record more than me, but let’s get real Cowboys fans…
 
If there is a chance of having the Eagles start the season 0-2 then that’s what we should be rooting for.
 
Who cares if the Washington Redskins are tied with us this early in the season? Everyone knows that it’s the Eagles who represent the biggest threat to a division title for our team, not the Redskins.
 
Let’s hope the Redskins pound the Eagles tonight and hopefully derail their shot at a division title.
 
As far as the Redskins go, let them enjoy their short stay in first place with our team while it lasts. It won’t be long before they fall to 2-2 and the Cowboys are all alone in first place with a 4-0 record after taking out the hapless Bears and the woeful Rams.
 
Let me be so bold as to predict that the Dallas Cowboys will go into their bye week with a record that will be no worse than 6-1.
 
Go Cowboys! 
 

GAME RECAP: COWBOYS 37 – DOLPHINS 20

Cowboys ‘D’ Shines in 37-20 Win

The Dallas Cowboys improved to 2-0 on the season for the 1st time since 1999 as the Cowboys pounded the Miami Dolphins 37-20 Sunday at Dolphins Stadium.

With the score tied at 3 in the 2nd quarter, Tony Romo led his team on an impressive 12-play drive that ended in a Marion Barber 1-yard TD to give the Cowboys a 10-3 lead.  Miami kicked a late FG to make it a 10-6 Cowboys lead at halftime.

Coming out of the gates in the 3rd quarter, the Dallas Defense struggled, giving up a 10 play drive that resulted in an 18-yard TD pass from Trent Green to Marty Booker to make it 13-10 Dolphins. 

After the Cowboys stopped the Dolphins on their next possession and forced a punt, Patrick Crayton returned the 2nd punt 49 yards to the Miami 30, a 55 yard difference in field position.  Tony Romo took advantage, taking only 3 plays, he found Tony Curtis from 2 yards out for the touchdown to put Dallas ahead 17-13.  From there on out, the Cowboys defense was absolutely stifling, despite missing Terence Newman and Greg Ellis in the game. 

After Ken Hamlin returned an INT to the Miami 15, the Cowboys converted it into a 28 yard field goal for a 20-13 Cowboys lead.

On the Dolphins’ next possession, center Samson Satele fumbled the snap and it was recovered by Jay Ratliff just across mid-field.  However, a long drive ended only in a field goal due to penalties and the Cowboys took a 23-13 lead. 

After yet another thrown INT, this time picked by Anthony Henry who returned it to the Miami 39, Tont Romo and Terrell Owens connected on a 34-yard strike to put the Cowboys up 30-13.  Miami would score another TD, but Anthony Henry recovered the onside kick and on the ensuing play from scrimmage, Marion Barber III ran 40 yards for the touchdown that put the final nail in the coffin of the Cowboys’ 37-20 win.  The game ended fittingly on a sack by Chris Canty.

Tony Romo wasn’t nearly as lethal as last Sunday, but he still put up solid numbers completing 14 of 29 passes for 186 yards and 2 TD. 

Rushing the ball, Julius Jones carried the ball 15 times for only 32 yards.  Marion Barber III more than made up for it though, rushing the ball 14 times for 89 yards with 2 TD.

 Terrell Owens caught 5 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Jason Witten caught 2 balls for 27 yards.  Tony Curtis’s only reception of the game was a 2-yard TD pass for his 1st in the NFL.

Nick Folk was 3/3 on FG’s, including a 47 yarder in the infield dirt.

The defense was terrific for the most part, forcing 5 turnovers.  Anthony Henry had 2 INT’s, with Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams picking off 1 pass each.  Jay Ratliff also recovered a fumbled snap.  The Cowboys committed 0 turnovers, which may have well been the difference in the game. 

Another great thing about this game is that we had no injuries. 

Next week the 2-0 Cowboys travel to Chicago for another Sunday Night Football game, this time against the Bears. 

Great start to the season.  The defense looked better and the offense hasn’t slowed down.  Next week we go bear hunting.

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!

 

 

GAME PREVIEW: COWBOYS @ DOLPHINS

Cowboys (1-0) vs. Dolphins (0-1)  Sunday, September 16, 3:05 PM CT on FOX

Week 2 Preview:

Coming fresh off of a 45-35 victory over the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys look to improve their record to 2-0 when they travel down to Miami to face the Dolphins at Dolphin Statdium.  At the same time, Tony Romo looks to stay hot after completing 15 of 24 passes for 345 yards and 5 TD’s, one rushing, with an INT against the Giants.  HE should be giving the Dolphins’ defense fits all afternoon.

Of course the big issue of the game is going to focus on how our secondary performs and how well we can tackle on defense.  They gave up 478 yards and 4 TD’s against the Giants.  This week should prove to be different though.  Miami doesn’t have a very good offense and struggle in their 16-13 loss to the Redskins last Sunday.  If Terence Newman can come back tomorrow, then that would be a huge boost to the defense, even if he can only go in certain situations during the game.  One more big question in this game will be how much the infield affects play.  Since it is still baseball season and the Dolphins share their stadium with the Florida Marlins, you have to wonder how much the infield dirt will be a factor.  Don’t be surprised if you see a few slips in this game.  Also watch the field goal attempts that have to be attempted on the dirt.

As most all of us already know, Jason Ferguson is gone for the rest of the year with torn right biceps, and Jay Ratliff will start in his place for now.  He made three tackles after replacing Ferguson last week.  Remi Ayodele, Akin’s younger brother, will spell him throughout the game.  Remi was re-claimed by the Cowboys after Atlanta released him before the season started.

Greg Ellis (Achilles) and Terry Glenn (Knee), are out for the game.  Terence Newman (Heel) is questionable and will be a game-time decision.  Kevin Burnett (Ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Hopefully the Cowboys are safe in Miami now after their plane had a mechanical problem. 

"We had a hydraulic problem on our plane. We got it fixed," team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said.

Can’t wait for the game tomorrow!  Time to feast on the Dolphins!  Go Cowboys!!!

  

 

Injury Report: Week 2

Game Status:
Out:

LB Greg Ellis (Achilles)
WR Terry Glenn (Knee)

Questionable:
LB Kevin Burnett (Ankle)
CB Terence Newman (Foot)

Its pretty much the same as last week. However, Terry Glenn opted for the arthroscopic procedure and now may be able to play sometime around midseason.

Good luck Glenn! We wish you the best with your recovery and hope to see you soon.

Terence Newman will be a gametime decision again this week. He has participated in practice this week and is showing progress. Greg Ellis on the other hand will not play, he just hasn’t practiced enough to be active in a game. He hopes to play a limited role soon and go from there.

Jason Ferguson was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday ending his season. He tore his right bicep during the first half of Sunday’s game. Ferguson will undergo surgery on Friday.

 

 

Romo Named Offensive NFC Player of the Week

Quarterback Tony Romo was named NFC Offensive Player on Wednesday.

Romo threw for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-35 win over the rival New York Giants. He also scored his first career touchdown. The Cowboys scored 45 points, which were the most in a season opener since 1971 (the Cowboys went on to win the Super Bowl that year).

This is a great way to start the season, especially after they way last season ended. With talks all over the media asking if Tony Romo "is the real deal", I think he just confirmed that he’s as real as it gets. After week 1, Tony Romo leads the league is passing yards and touchdowns.

Great job Romo, keep it up!