Cowboys News: Tank In, Anderson Out

Tank Johnson is finally off suspension and has been activated by the Cowboys. Tank will be ready to play his first game as a Cowboy Sunday against the Giants. He will probably not start but is expected to give Jay Ratliff some relief, especially in run situations. 

The Cowboys didn’t have to cut anyone to make room for Tank because of an injury that occurred Sunday night. Fullback rookie Deon Anderson suffered a torn rotator cuff injury and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Because of the injured Oliver Hoyte, Anderson received alot of additional playing time. Hoyte has been cleared to play but Coach Phillips doesn’t want to activate him until he is 100%. The Cowboys could make a move for another fullback.

Isaiah Stanback and Pat Watkins were also injured during the game against the Eagles. Stanback injured his shoulder and Watkins sprained his ankle. Both injuries are minor and they had an extra day to rest. We will know more when they return to practice on Wednesday.

You may have noticed that Tyson Thompson was absent Sunday. Isaiah Stanback was activated in place of Thompson. Coach Phillips decided to try something different on kick returns.

"We were trying to get a spark there," Phillips said of the change. "We had been doing OK with it; it was just for a change of pace. We wanted to see what he could do there. (Stanback) has a lot of ability and he’s been showing up in practice as a receiver and we wanted to try to get him to the game and see what he could do in the ball game."




Cowboys Ground Eagles In Dominating 38-17 Win

The Cowboys continued their winning ways as they crushed the Eagles 38-17 in Philadelphia.  It was only their 2nd win in 9 tries in Philly.  It all started with the first snap of the game, and the Cowboys never looked back from there.

On the very first play from scrimmage, Marcus Spears and DeMarcus Ware sacked Donovan McNabb and forced a fumble that Bradie James recovered at the Eagles 37 to put Dallas in business right off the bat. 

It wouldn’t take long for Romo to capitalize off the turnover.  On the 6th play of the drive, Julius Jones ran a draw play right up the middle from 2 yards out to give the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead.

The Eagles responded immediately though.  McNabb led the Eagles on an 8-play drive that ended in a 3-yard Brian Westbrook touchdown to tie the game up at 7.  From there on out, it was all Dallas.

On the next Cowboys drive, Romo once again led his team down the field, Finding tight end Tony Curtis from a yard out to give the Dallas the lead back at 14-7, capping off a 9-play 72-yard drive.

Late in the 1st half while the Cowboys were once again threatening, Romo threw his only interception of the night to Lito Sheppard, however, McNabb returned the favor back as Ken Hamlin picked one off at the Philly 28.  Three plays later Marion Barber III made a 5-yard TD run to make it 21-7 Dallas headed to halftime as the Lincoln Financial Field crowd was booing the Eagles off the field.

On the openiong drive of the 2nd half, Romo led the Cowboys down the field yet again, as the Eagles defense was rendered helpless.  On the 4th play of the drive, Tony Romo drilled a 45-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to make it 28-7 and the rout was on.

After the Eagles added a FG to cut the lead to 28-10, Dallas got it right back.  Romo found Jason Witten in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD to make it 35-10 Cowboys.  It was a very acrobatic catch, but was nothing compared to the next play that he would make.  After Romo threw a strike to Witten, he got hammered and had his helmet knocked off, yet kept on going all the way down to the Eagles 6 yard line for 53 yards.  His nose was even bleeding after the play.  What a warrior!  Dallas would tack on a field goal to make it 38-10, and then the Eagles would add a meaningless TD late to make the final score 38-17.

Tony Romo showed that he was worth every bit of his $67.5 million contract, completeing 20/25 passes for 324 yards with 3 TD’s and just 1 INT.  He seems unstoppable no matter who he is facing these days.

Julius Jones carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while Marion Barber III rushed 16 times for 56 yards with a TD.  Each also caught 3 passes, Barber for 50 yards and Jones for 22.

Terrell Owens played a masterful game and was much better in his 2nd return to Philadelphia, catching 10 passes for 174 yards and a TD.  Jason Witten had 3 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.  Tony Curtis’s only catch of the night was for just a yard but resulted in the 2nd touchdown of his career.

The defense accumulated 3 sacks on the night to go with 2 INT’s, one from Anthony Henry, who just came off of an ankle injury.  The Dallas defense also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one of them.

Nick Folk converted all 5 extra-point attempts and also hit connected on his only field goal attempt, a 22 yarder.

Isaiah Stanback made his debut with the Cowboys tonight, returning kickoffs and doing a decent job.

It was a great dominating performance from the get-go tonight.  The Cowboys will now travel to the Meadowlands to face the hot Giants next in a battle for 1st place in the NFC East.  It will be huge in the standings and could determine who wins it.  But for now let’s savor this win.



Cowboys (6-1) vs. Eagles (3-4) Sunday November 4, 7:15 PM on NBC

Week 9 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys are coming fresh off of their bye week and begin a stretch of three straight division games.  First up, the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  This game could mean whether or not the Eagles still have a shot at the NFC East, as a loss will put them four games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East.  Dallas will want to do everything possible to put the Eagles away now.

With only a 1/2 game lead in the division, despite being 6-1, the Cowboys look to grab a 1 game lead headed into the showdown with the Giants next week, but Dallas can’t afford to look ahead to that game. 

Anthony Henry may be coming back for this game, which will be a huge boost for the Cowboys’ secondary.  This should help the pass coverage and help hold down the Eagles receivers.  Henry had 4 interceptions before his ankle injury.

The offensive line has been great for the Cowboys this year.  Jim Johnson likes to bring a lot of blitzes as you well know, and this will be a good test for the O-Line.  Hopefully Romo will be able to scamper away from the pressure and deliver when it comes.

As always the return of Terrell Owens to Philadelphia is a big deal.  Hopefully this time he can turn it into a success and come away with a touchdown or two, and the win.  This won’t be easy though, as the Eagles boast one of the best defenses in the league, but Dallas does have the 2nd ranked offense.

Wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee) is still out.  Cornerback Anthony Henry (ankle) is questionable, and expected to be used in certain situations on the field.  Fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck) and backup linebacker Justin Rogers (calf) are probable.

It’s about time the Cowboys had a game again.  The 2nd half of the season is here and it’s time to show everyone that we’re the kings of the NFC.  It all starts tonight with a beatdown of the Eagles.  Oh and T.O. said to get your popcorn ready!  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back too!


Injury Report: Week 9

Game Status:

WR Terry Glenn (Knee) 


CB Anthony Henry (Ankle)

FB Oliver Hoyte (Neck)
LB Justin Rogers (Calf)

Anthony Henry is set to return after being out since the end of September. Henry practiced Thursday and Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Terry Glenn is still not well and has yet to practice with the team. Hopes were high that he would return sometime after the Bye week but its not looking good for him. There are 9 games left so we still can’t rule him out for the year.

Oliver Hoyte and Justin Rogers are listed as probable. You may see the rookie linebacker Rogers on Special Teams Sunday. Hoyte has missed 5 games with a neck injury and probably will not see much action, if any.


On the Road Again…

Hey Cowboy Fans!

We survived the Bye and now we watch our favorite team from afar for two weeks. The next three weeks are division games. This could get interesting. If you have seen our schedule, you know that we have some good games coming! I imagine you are as optimistic about the remaining games as I am.

Of course, I am still trying to stay with the team: One Game At A Time! This weekend, we meet up with Philly. While it will be a good game, I know the Cowboys will be victorious! HURRAY!! Pluck the Eagles, Cowboys, then do it again in December at home! Watch out for flying feathers!

Like most Cowboy fans, the Eagles are among my least favorite teams. Nothing pleases me more than seeing one of my least favorite teams getting beat but for some twisted reason, I enjoy seeing the Eagles get plucked more than ANYTHING!! The only thing that makes it better to be me when the Eagles get plucked is when the Cowboys do the pluckin’!

Philly has had every opportunity to have a better record than 3-4. They just aren’t the team they used to be. We can’t dismiss the rivalry though! Philly has always been out to beat the Cowboys – even if they can’t beat anyone else! Not this time, Eagles! They will have to produce FAR better numbers in order to accomplish that goal this year and they just don’t have it in ’em!

I’m very excited for Romo and his new contract! I was telling my husband if we didn’t get news about a contract during the Bye, we would have to wait for the season to come to an end. Aren’t you glad we didn’t have to wait?? I believe Romo is our future leader. I love who he is as an individual and what he brings to the team. The Cowboys were looking for a star… someone to fill the very big shoes of Aikman. They found that in Romo and I couldn’t be more happy about that! WAY TO GO, ROMO!!

On a personal note, I would like to send out a big WAY TO GO to my husband. We predict the games every season for fun and bragging rights. He’s whooping me this season. He had a perfect week going until the Monday Night Game ended in over-time. He now has 80 wins this season. He’s ahead of the Pro’s on INFL and he is on pace to shatter his best record ever!

Between you and me, I like that he still hasn’t had a perfect week predicting the games. That’s the only football related glory I have over him! I went 14-0 in 2005 and you can bet I don’t let him forget it!! hehe!

Happy Halloween, everyone!


Breaking News: Tony Romo Signs A 6-Year $67.5 Million Dollar Deal

Great news Cowboys fans!

ESPN has just reported that Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo will now be wearing the silver and blue until the year 2014, after a signing a huge landmark deal that will put him among the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

ESPN also says that the deal is expected to be announced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference on Tuesday and was primarily negotiated on Romo’s behalf by agents Ken Kremer and Tom Condon.

We have been clamoring for Jerry Jones to get a deal done since the preseason here at StarStruck, and now we just couldn’t be happier.

With Tony Romo signed, sealed, and delivered, the Cowboys have now put the future of the franchise in the hands of one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. Romo has proven that he is resilient and that he can learn and continue to grow into a dominant signal caller.

Tony Romo was in the final year of his contract and would have become a free agent at the end of the season. Instead he will now focus on leading the Cowboys to another coveted Super Bowl trophy in 2008 and beyond.

This is a great day to be Cowboys fan!

ESPN and FOX Should Give The Cowboys Their Props

I am growing sick and tired of the lack of respect that is being shown to the Dallas Cowboys during some popular pregame shows like NFL Today, FOX NFL Sunday, ESPN NFL Blitz, etc.

You would think that a team like the Cowboys who lead their division with a 6-1 record would get some recognition for their achievement. Instead, they are constantly the butt end of a joke and constantly subjected to many underhanded and uncalled for remarks suggesting that the Cowboys are not as good as their record would dictate.

Each of those shows actually feature many former Dallas Cowboys players or head coaches including Jimmie Johnson, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman, just to name a few. In many instances I have seen them defend the team or the player, most notably Tony Romo, whenever something is said that is really out of line. Most of the time it’s just laughed off like it’s a big joke, although believe me, I’m certainly not laughing.

This past Sunday I actually reached a boiling point after the Giants beat the Dolphins for their sixth straight win.  During the post game show, one of the announcers made an off the cuff remark about the cream finally rising to the top in the NFC East.


The Giants beat the damn 0-8 Miami Dolphins, not the 8-0 New England Patriots! Before that they played beat the 2-6 San Francisco 49ers, the 1-6 Atlanta Falcons, and the 1-7 New York Jets. We’re supposed to be afraid of the Giants just because they won six straight games against teams with a combined record of 11-34? Gimme a freaking break!

I just can’t wait until week 10 when we storm into Giants Stadium and show them and each of the NFL sports networks, who the real class of the division is.

I hope that ESPN and Fox will have the guts to say they were wrong about the Cowboys and finally give Tony Romo and company, the respect and recognition they deserve.

Timing Is Everything This Season

One of the many reasons I know that this is the Dallas Cowboys’ year is that unlike last season, many things have been going the Cowboy’s way so far this season.

Take this weekend for example, you couldn’t have picked a better time for the Cowboys to have their bye week!

With Tony Romo nursing a sore hamstring and Terrell Owens trying to recover from a gimpy ankle, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to rest our teams two biggest stars.

Even Anthony Henry, who has been sorely missed would not have been able to play this weekend if there had been a game, but is expected to be fully recovered by week nine, just in time to play the Eagles.

The entire team will also benefit from the mental break of the first half of the season, and have some time to contemplate their successful first half, and what they need to do to finish out the season with a big bang!

Things seem to be quiet and peaceful in Irving, Texas these days, and you know what???

It feels good!!! It’s nice to know that there is no inner turmoil or player controversies as we get ready for the second half.

If anyone had any doubts about Wade Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff, you can all put your minds at ease. Phillips and company have done a remarkable job of transitioning the team into a winning mindset after the disappointment of last season. They have done a wonderful job of making Terrell Owens feel like an insider and for the first time since he became a Cowboy, he has taken a large leadership role on this team. You can also credit Jason Garrett for helping Tony Romo take the next big step in developing into one of the leagues top quarterbacks.

Like I said, things are really going good for the Cowboys this year. Sometimes, it’s the little things you notice that can have a major impact on the team.


Woohoo Cowboys!

Sunday’s game was FANtastic! We had so much fun! I took almost 300 pictures at the game. You can see the best shots by clicking here! My sis-n-law attended her first Cowboy’s game Sunday. That made the day even more special and made me think of my first time!

I’ve been hooked ever since!!

 I’m not looking forward to this weekend. No Cowboys game! Oh well, after our Bye, things get real interesting. Don’t you agree? Maybe the team will get some of what us fans need… A LITTLE REST! We’ve enjoyed a super charged start to the season. I’m looking forward to an even MORE excitement after the Bye! Our favorite team is well on their way and I believe they are ready for the tough schedule we have ahead of us.

I would like the team to know that fans like me are with them all the way! We know they are champions and we’re excited about the season so far! I hope one of them reads this and does me a huge favor since I can’t do it myself. Pluck the Eagles in week 9 then pop Shockey upside his melon head in week 10! I know he’ll start talking smack in the near future and nothing pleases me more than to see him eat Crow…. or leftover Eagle from the week before! hehe!

Okay, Cowboy fans! If you’re as excited about the Cowboy’s future as I am, click comment and give us a WoooHoooo Cowboys!!

Enjoy the Bye!


You Are What Your Record Says You Are

It’s so hard to believe that we are already almost at the halfway point in the season already…
Here we are going into our bye week with a nearly perfect 6-1 record and sitting all alone at the top of the NFC East division.
One can argue that the last three games were not exactly vintage Cowboys football, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. And, we did win two of those three games…
Somehow though, this season tends to remind me of the great run we had last season after Tony Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe. We looked so strong and played so well and then all of a sudden we ran into a brickwall and practically limped into that game in Seattle. You all know how that ended up…
What worries me is not so much that we lost to the Patriots, heck who hasn’t lost to them…
I’m more concerned at how difficult it was to get the wins over bad teams like the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings. We should have really blown those teams away and we didn’t. We barely came out of Buffalo with that exciting win, and Sunday’s game had me completely dumbfounded. The final score of 24-14 over the Vikings does not even tell the complete story of what happened. When you look at the Cowboys total yardage of 381 yards compared to the Vikings 196, and when you see that we completed 31 passes compared to only 6 completions for the Vikings, you can’t help but wonder why the score was not more like 38-14. In fact, if you take away that defensive touchdown by Pat Watkins, it begs the question, "How in the world did we have all that offense and yet only score 17 points?"
Anyhow, my concern is the schedule we have to deal with after we return from our bye. We must go to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, and then to New York to face a very hot Giants team. I’m not as worried about the Eagles as I am about the Giants who are only one game behind us.
We need to play some very crisp football from here on out. We can’t bank on getting lucky again. I am very impressed with both the defense and offense so far this season. I am equally impressed with our Special Teams play as well. The Dallas Cowboys do not suffer from any serious flaws in their game. However, they do have many instances during a game where they seem to lose some focus and make some bad decisions.
While we may have been able to overcome some of that malaise in the first half of the season, I’m not so sure we will be as lucky in the second half. That’s why I implore Wade Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff to iron out these minor flaws now and roll into Philadelphia with a killer instinct. I believe the Cowboys are the best team in the division, but we need to make sure that the players believe that as well, and most importantly play with the swagger and confidence of a championship team.
A win is a win is a win. We are 6-1 and like Bill Parcells always used to say, "You are what your record says you are." The Cowboys are on the verge of a magical season. They have to kick it up a notch and start believing in themselves. If they can do that, you can tell the rest of the NFC East, "turn out the light’s, the party’s over." Here’s to a great second half…
A Side Note – Can we all agree that our tight end Jason Witten has been the overwhelming MVP of the team so far this season? What an amazing first half by Witten who leads all recievers in receptions, total yardage, and is tied for the lead in touchdowns with 4. He is currently the top ranked tight end in the NFC, and leads the league in total yardage, yards per catch, yards per game, receptions, and touchdowns. At only 25 years old, Witten is now coming into his own, and before all is said and done, he may just well be the best tight end in the history of the franchise.


Blocked FG Return for TD Sparks Cowboys to 24-14 Win

The Cowboys bounced back from their first loss of the year to beat the Vikings 24-14 at Texas Stadium to improve to 6-1 headed into their bye week.  It was a fast start to the game but proved to be a battle all the way to the 4th quarter. 

"If there’s any kind of doubt about what kind of heart or character they have, we saw it again," Dallas coach Wade Phillips said. "For some reason, we’ve been behind every game. We seem to keep our poise."

Dallas got on the board early.  After receiving the ball to begin the game, Tony Romo marched the Cowboys right down the field, completeing 9/10 passes on the 14-play drive, ending with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens for a 7-0 Cowboys lead.

If would be short-lived though.  On Minnesota’s first drive, Adrian Peterson, the hometown kid from Palestine, Texas, sliced right through the Dallas defense for a 20-yars TD to tie the game at 7 all.

With 5:30 left in the 2nd quarter, and the Cowboys threatening to score again, Tony Romo was sacked at the Vikings 17 and fumbled the ball.  Kevin Williams picked it up and returned to the end zone for a touchdown, but a holding penalty brought it back and Minnesota didn’t score on the drive.

They would make up for it though.  After Tony Romo completed a short pass to Patrick Crayton, Crayton fumbled the ball and Ben Leber picked it up and took it to midfield.  Just as he was being tackled, he flipped a lateral to Cedric Griffin, who returned the rest of the way for the touchdown, even after fumbling at the Dallas 27 to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead at halftime.  Nick Folk missed a 50-yard field goal at the end of the half that would’ve cut the lead to 14-10.

Tony Romo was 28/32 for 231 yards at halftime.  He injured his hamstring on a play trying to stop the Vikings from returning the Patrick Crayton fumble for the TD, but stayed in for the rest of the game, so that’s a relief.

Marion Barber III would tie the game at 14 halfway through the 3rd quarter when he punched in a 1-yard run just across the goal line.  The Vikings challenged, but it was upheld.

Things would then really begin to favor the Cowboys after some bad breaks in the 1st half.  With Brian Longwell attempting a 48-yard FG that would’ve given the Vikings a 17-14 lead, Chris Canty dove in and blocked the kick.  The ball popped high into the air, and Patrick Watkins returned the ball 62 yards for a touchdown that gave Dallas a 21-14 lead that they would not relinquish.  It was the Cowboys 1st blocked FG returned for a TD since the 1983 season.  That is unbelievable.

The Cowboys would then force an Adrian Peterson fumble and convert it into a field goal to make the final score 24-14 Cowboys.

Tony Romo completed 31/39 passes for 277 yards and a TD.  Only 3 of those completions came in the 2nd half.  He still looks very good and I don’t think that it will be too much longer before a deal gets done, but we’ll see.

Marion Barber III carried the ball 19 times for 96 yards and a touchdown while Julius Jones rushed for 28 yards on 9 attempts.

Terrell Owens caught 7 passes for 103 yards and a TD and Jason Witten grabbed 10 balls for 86 yards.  Julius Jones had 4 receptions for 30 yards and Patrick Crayton had 2 catches for 19 yards.

The defense looked stellar yet again this week, only giving up a touchdown on Minnesota’s opening drive of the game.  Greg Ellis had 2 sacks while Bradie James contributed had one.  Jason hatcher forced a fumble from Peterson that allowed the Cowboys to gain a 2 possession lead too.  The special teams also came up big with Chris Canty’s amazing block on the field goal attempt and Patrick Watkins return for the touchdown.

Nick Folk made 1/2 field goals today, connecting from 45 yards out but missing on a 50-yard attempt at the end of the half.  He has still made 13/15 FG’s on the season.

This was a great way to head into the bye week.  Maybe not the prettiest win, but we’ll take it.

"The bottom line is we executed," Romo said.

The next 3 games will be critical, as they could decide who will win the NFC East.  Our next game isn’t until Sunday night, so hopefully this will give the players that need the rest a chance to get their feet back under them.