GAME RECAP: COWBOYS 25 – BILLS 24

Yes!!!  Folk Kicks Game-Winner as Time Expires in Thrilling Comeback Win!

An NFL game is 60 minutes long.  Apparently someone forgot to tell the Buffalo Bills that.  The Dallas Cowboys stunned the upset-minded Bills and their crowd after Nick Folk kicked the game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in a classic that improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-0 headed to a battle next Sunday against the also 5-0 New England Patriots at Texas Stadium.

What more can I say about this game?  Tony Romo had what was the worst game so far in his young career stat wise, completing 29/50 passes for 309 yards and 2 TD’s, but threw 5 interceptions and also fumbled once, committing 6 turnovers for the game.  It was very hard for Cowboys fans to watch, but he did his job on the last two drives of the drive to give us a chance to win.  That’s all I was asking for tonight, and it turned out great.  Not many teams could’ve overcome what the Cowboys did tonight.

"That’s a sign of a pretty resilient team," Romo said. "I think our team, outside of me, played an outstanding football game. They dug me out of it. It was tough to go through that, especially on Monday night.

"No one is going to care when it’s all said and done how you won the game."

On the 3rd play of the first Cowboys’ drive, Romo threw an interception to George Wilson who returned it 37 yards to the house to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.  The Cowboys would answer though, as Tony Romo found a wide-open Jason Witten for a 22-yard TD pass to tie the game at 7.

After tacking on a field goal to give the Bills a 10-7 lead, Buffalo had Dallas pinned deep in their own territory again, Chris Kelsay picked off Tony Romo in the end zone to give the Bills a 17-7 lead. 

Tony Romo did get the Cowboys into field goal range with :03 left and Nick Folk nailed a 47-yarder to cut the Buffalo lead to 17-10 at halftime.  Not too bad considering it could’ve been a lot worse with Romo’s 4 INT’s in the 1st half.

In Dallas’ first drive of the 2nd half, Romo looked more poised, leading the Cowboys on a 14-play drive.  However, it stalled at the Buffalo 12 and Nick Folk kicked a 29-yard FG to cut the deficit to 17-13.  The ensuing kickoff was tough to watch though, as Terrence McGee ran the kickoff back 103 yards for the Bills touchdown and a 24-13 lead. 

It remained that way until early on in the 4th Quarter when Nick Folk kicked yet another FG, this time a 37-yarder.  To make it a one-score game at 24-16.

Things would start to get crazy now.  Just when it looked like the Cowboys might be driving a another score to move closer or possibly take the lead, Tony Romo fumbled at his own 49 and turned the ball over for a 5th time.  The fumble was recovered by Buffalo’s Kyle Williams at the Dallas 48.

The Cowboys defense, which was stellar all night, got a huge stop and bailed Romo out again as Terence Newman picked off Trent Edwards pass at the Cowboys 5 and returned it 70 yards to the Buffalo 25, but fumbled.  It was recovered by Dallas nose tackle Jay Ratliff at the Bills 17.  The Cowboys couldn’t cash it in though, as Romo threw his 5th pick and committed his 6th turnover on the night.  The pass was picked off by John DiGiorgio at the goal line and returned for 38 yards.

The Dallas defense again stepped up, forcing a 3-and-out, and giving their offense one more shot to tie the game up.  Starting from his own 20, Romo led the Cowboys on what was his best drive of the night, completing 9/11 passes, the last one to Patrick Crayton for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 24-22.  Now Dallas only need the 2-point conversion to tie the game up, but Terrell Owens couldn’t hang on to a Romo pass that was ripped out of his hands with :20 left in the game by Jabari Greer. 

So with :20 seconds left the Cowboys had the slim shot of an onside-kick recovery, and then either driving into field goal range or completing a hail-mary to win the game.  Then, it happened.

 Nick Folk made the onside kick, Sam Hurd tipped it ahead, and Tony Curtis, the Cowboys backup tight end, recovered it to give the Cowboys hope.

After a near catch by Terrell Owens that would’ve given the Cowboys a chance to win the game with :01 left, Tony Romo completed two short passes to get Nick Folk into FG range.  With :02 left and the game on the line, Nick Folk would be attempting a 53-yard game-winner.  With the Buffalo crowd up on their feet and cheering as loud as they could, Nick Folk calmly nailed the 53-yarder right down the middle to win the game for Dallas.  But wait!  Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron called a timeout right before the snap.  Nick Folk would have to do it again.  The 2nd attempt looked like a carbon-copy of the first one, nailed right down the middle, and this time, the Cowboys won the game!  Buffalo was even offsides on the play too.

"Oh, it’s great," Folk said. "It shows you how good we can be and what we can do if we don’t make mistakes. And even if we do make mistakes and we stick together as a team, we still stay in the game."

"I haven’t been around anything like that, and that’s 31 years I’ve been in the league," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said of his triumphant return to Buffalo, where he was 29-19 from 1998-2000

The Cowboys never really did establish the running game.  Julius Jones carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards while Marion Barber III ran it 8 times for 28 yards.

Cowboys receivers still had a decent day though, despite Romo’s troubles.  Jason Witten had 9 catches for 103 yards and a TD, while Patrick Crayton had 6 catches for 73 yards and a TD.  Marion Barber III had 6 receptions for 45 yards while fullback Deon Anderson caught 4 passes for 39 yards.  Terrell Owens only had 2 catches for 25 yards.

On defense, the Cowboys were stifling once again, only allowing 3 points the whole game.  the other 21 came on 2 INT returns for TD’s and a kickoff return for a touchdown.  Terence Newman had the only interception and turnover that the Cowboys forced for the game.  The Dallas defense also recorded 3 sacks, 1.5 from DeMarcus Ware, 1 from Jason Hatcher, and .5 from Jay Ratliff.  The Cowboys also only gave up 229 yards of total offense to Buffalo.

Nick Folk was 4/4 on field goals.  He connected from 47, 29, 37, and the big one from 53 yards out that gave the Cowboys a come-from-behind win in dramatic fashion as time expired that made him the game hero.  He even had to make it twice.

Man what a game!  No Cowboys fan is going to forget about this one for years to come.  An instant classic in my book!  Now we can finally focus on the matchup that we’ve all been waiting for this Sunday! 

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!

GAME PREVIEW: COWBOYS @ BILLS

Cowboys (4-0) vs. Bills (1-3) Monday, October 8, 7:30 PM CT on ESPN

Week 5 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys will play their 3rd primetime game Monday Night when they battle the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  The Cowboys will be looking for their 1st 5-0 start since 1983 while the Bills will be looking to pull the upset and win their 2nd straight game on the season after beating the New York Jets last week.

While the Cowboys are 4-0 this year at the quarter-pole of the season, they have yet to score a 1st Quarter touchdown, something that the Cowboys know will eventually catch up with them.  The Cowboys must also be aware of yet another "trap" game, and must not look ahead to the game October 14 against the Patriots, or it could possibly cost them.

This game will mark Wade Phillips’ first return to Ralph Wilson Stadium since he was head coach of the Bills from 1998-2000.  He was 29-19 during his coaching career in Buffalo, and looks to prove that it was a mistake letting him go.  Look for the Cowboys’ defense to be very aggressive early.

That very same Dallas defense will be facing a rookie quarterback in Trent Edwards.  He won his debut 17-14 against the Jets, but will have to face a much more explosive Dallas defense.  The Cowboys’ defense will face a good test in trying to stop running back Marshawn Lynch, who has 3 touchdowns in 4 games this season.  However, the Cowboys’ defense has only allowed 1 rushing touchdown this season, a 1-yard plunge from Cedric Benson Week 3 in Chicago.  The Bills’ offense should be careful passing the ball too, as the Cowboys’ defense leads the league with nine interceptions so far this year. 

Tony Romo will look to continue his early season success, facing a Bills’ defense that has been depleted on defense.  So far this season, Romo has completed 72/121 passes for 1199 yards, 11 TD’s, and only 3 interceptions, giving him a 112.9 passer rating.  I guess the big question with this offense is how many points will they put up this week?  Their lowest output of the season was 27 against the Bears (one of th TD’s was a defensive TD). The Bills will have their hands full Monday night.

On the injury front, cornerback Terence Newman, (heel and knee) is probable and should assume his starting role again.  Linebacker Greg Ellis (Achilles) is also probable, but will only be used as a specialty pass rusher.  Keith Davis (shoulder), fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck), third-string safety Courtney Brown (biceps), wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), and starting cornerback Anthony Henry (ankle), are all out.      

 

It’s Time For Jerry To Reach Into His Saddle Bags And Pay Romo

Before all is said and done this season, Tony Romo is going to sign the richest deal ever awarded to any player in NFL history.

Every time Romo throws a touchdown, his stock rises by the millions. The Cowboys keep piling up the points, and Tony Romo has taken the team somewhere it hasn’t been since 1995, the last time they started the season 4-0.

I believe that Jerry Jones was banking on Tony Romo struggling to begin the season, and thus gain some precious leverage in contract negotiations with his star quarterback. But it all backfired on him. Jerry Jones rolled the dice and it came up snake-eyes. Now it’s time to pay the piper.

If Jones cant work out a long-term deal before the end of the season, and there are no on-going talks right now, Romo could be playing for another team in 2008-2009. Even if the team decided to make Romo their non exclusive franchise player, they run the very real risk of losing him to any team willing to part with two first round draft picks. A price that many teams would gladly play for a pro bowl quarterback who has yet to reach his prime.

The Cowboys must avoid that scenario at all costs.

I think the time for posturing has past, and that it’s time for Jerry Jones to pony up the big bucks and secure the future of this franchise for the rest of this decade.

Tony Romo has exceeded all of our expectations and has resurrected a franchise that had been floundering.

It is time to reward him for his remarkable leadership, his adrenaline-pumping style of play, and his electrifying game-breaking abilities. Tony Romo is going to bring a Super Bowl trophy back to Dallas this season, and also pave the way for another dominating Cowboys dynasty. 

Injury Report: Week 5

Game Status:

Out
S Courtney Brown (Biceps)
WR Terry Glenn (Knee)
CB Anthony Henry (Ankle)

Doubtful
FB Oliver Hoyte (Neck)

Questionable
S Keith Davis (Shoulder)

Probable
LB Greg Ellis (Achilles)
CB Terence Newman (Foot and Knee)

With the temporary loss of the very productive Anthony Henry, we will finally get the chance to see Terence Newman back in his starting role. He had a good practice on Friday and we expect him to have a fairly decent game.

There are reports that Terry Glenn has started the rehab for his knee. If all goes well, he should be ready to play in 4 to 5 weeks.

Keith Davis hasn’t practice all week after a shoulder injury that kept him out of last week’s game against the Rams. Coach Phillips says Davis has a "50/50" chance of playing and will be a game time decision.

Greg Ellis had an excellent game last week and we expect he will only improve as the season progresses. You will probably only see him in the nickel defense as a pash rusher, until he heals more.

 

Opportunity Knocks!

And it knocks for the elite in the league! In Cowboy territory, it’s knocking hard and loud for the team! The Cowboys know that opportunity doesn’t knock for a team every day and I believe they are prepared to answer the door! I’m trying to stay with the team; focused on one game at a time…

BUT THAT’S EASIER SAID THAN DONE!

Around the league, you can hear the faint knocks for individuals. Give a player an opportunity and you’ll see them do one of two things; blow up or blow out! It sure makes things exciting! Should I cue the dramatic music now?

Since I’m trying to stay focused on one game at a time, let’s just talk about the player stepping up in Buffalo: rookie Trent Edwards.

From FOXSports.com: Like it or not, the Bills might have one (QB controversy) on their hands if rookie Trent Edwards keeps playing the way he did in completing 22 of 28 passes for 234 yards and the winning touchdown against the Jets on a fourth-and-goal play-action pass from the 1-yard-line. …Levy… knows that Jauron will have the dreaded quarterback controversy on his hands if Edwards plays well and/or beats undefeated Dallas on Monday night.

Notice the word "IF"? Let me tell you… IF I know this, you know the Cowboys know. And IF they know, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

The Cowboys meet the Bills in Buffalo on Monday night. This is the Bills first time to host a Monday Night game in more than a dozen years. You know the team and fans will be stoked! I WOULD BE! Monday Night Football is like no other game. Everything about a Monday Night game is different. The only thing I like more than attending MNF is attending a NFC Championship Game! The Monday Night game will be exciting.

It was FANtastic to be at the stadium Sunday afternoon to watch the Cowboys play the Rams. I had a wonderful time and I managed to take some of the coolest pictures! My favorite photo is Romo making a big WHOOPS play into a HURRAY play! I went from "OH NO!" to "WHAT IS HE DOING?" to "RUN FORREST RUN!!" I snapped the picture just as he slipped around the defender.

Do you know how hard it is to hold a camera still while screaming like a mad-man?

I got the biggest kick out of listening to Romo talk about that play after the game. He had everyone rolling around laughing! I LOVED IT! What am I saying, I love everything about Romo! I’ve been a fan for a couple of years and hated watching him sit the bench. I couldn’t be more happy about him leading the team! I love everything about the team this season.

I know I will take some heat for what I’m about to say and that’s okay. I understand but I have to say it: I am even starting to love T.O. That is a biggy for me because I have never liked him. When he was playing for those other teams, I would watch the game just to see him get smacked around. Last season, I had a major problem with him. I struggled between wanting to love every player wearing the Cowboy uniform and disliking one of those players so much for so long.

T.O. has made this fan see him in a different light. I’m still not on the T.O. fan-wagon but I am finding myself warming up to him a great deal.

My predictions last weekend went down hill fast. I have some MAJOR catching up to do now. My fantasy teams did great! FINALLY! I play some big dogs this weekend. Wish me luck!! My early projections show I should be able to hold my own…. we’ll see!! My early predictions for this week are: Houston, KC, NE, Carolina, NYG, Pitt, Ariz, Tenn, Wash, Indy, Den, Balt, GB, DALLAS!

By the way, did anyone notice the error on INFL’s standings page? They have our record right but the streaks says "w3". Every other 4-0 team shows "w4". They need to get it right! We’re the only team they messed up on and that makes this fan want to see the undefeated beat right out of some of these other teams! We’ll get our chance a week from Sunday! More on that next week!

Ya’ll have a good one! Good luck predicting the games and I hope your fantasy teams are fantastic… unless you are head to head with me this weekend! HaHa!

GO COWBOYS!!!

Some Ups And Downs On Defense

After an amazing start to what looked like a Pro Bowl type season, Anthony Henry has suffered a setback. I know an ankle sprain may not seem like a significant injury on the surface, but there are two types of ankle sprains, and the high ankle sprain that Henry suffered is more severe than the other.

Anthony Henry was the team’s best defensive player after the first three games of the season. Ironically he was only playing because starting CB Terrence Newman was still a little banged up and could not play. Henry took that opportunity to take the ball and literally run with it. It was his coming out party and Cowboys fans everywhere were absolutely thrilled about their new-found star!

Now that the Cowboy’s medical staff have had a couple of days to analyze the results of the x-rays, the team is saying that Henry could miss as much as 4 weeks. Considering that the Cowboys have a bye in week 8, Henry should be ready to play against the Philadelphia Eagles in week nine.

In other news, how about the season debut of Greg Ellis. After finally getting the contract extension he was begging for, he was able to keep his mouth shut, take the field, and deliver an impressive performance against the St. Louis Rams. Even though I’m still mad at the way Ellis chose to handle his contract negotiations by putting down the team and using the press as his pulpit, I am willing to bury the hatchet and move on. Ellis was in on 15 snaps and finished the game with 1 1/2 sacks.

I expect Ellis to get even better as the season rolls along and that can only mean great news for our defense which still seems to struggle at times. So far our offense has surely made some noise with some impressive gains made in our passing and rushing game.

However, in the long run it’s the defense that will carry this team once they start facing some stiffer competition. I expect our defense to get better as they get healthier, and by season’s end, the Cowboys will have one of the premier defenses in the NFL. 

GAME RECAP: COWBOYS 35 – RAMS 7

Cowboys Bulldoze Rams 35-7 to Improve to 4-0

The Dallas Cowboys continued their perfect season today, trouncing the Rams 35-7 at Texas Stadium Sunday, improving to 4-0 on the season for the 1st time since 1995, the year of their last Super Bowl Title.

"Four-and-oh is nice," Phillips said. "It doesn’t put us in the Super Bowl, it doesn’t put us in the playoffs. But it’s good that we’re there." 

The game started off slowly for the Cowboys, as they managed just 3 1st downs in their first 4 possessions, punting all three times.  Things would begin in the 2nd quarter though, as things began to get exciting.  On Dallas’ 1st drive of the 2nd quarter, after throwing his only INT of the game, he led the Cowboys down the field on an 8 play 80-yard drive that ended in a Julius Jones 2-yard TD run to make it 7-0 Cowboys.

After forcing another Rams punt and getting the ball back, the Cowboys promptly went 3 and out.  Matt McBriar Boomed a 56-yard punt down to the St. Louis 15, but Dante Hall returned it all the way to the end zone for an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the game at 7.  It was the only thing that prevented a Dallas shutout, as that was the Rams’ only score on the afternoon.

With 2:11 left in the 1st half, Tony Romo essentially took over the game himself, on a drive that will certainly be on every sports show and possibly be on the blooper reel.  (Yes, that includes SportsCenter, and yes, I was laughing very hard too)  Facing a 3rd & 3 from midfield, Andre Gurode sailed the snap way over Romo’s head.  After bobbling the ball and dropping it at his own 25, Romo managed to pick it up at his own 17, elude one man at the 30, and run out of bounds at the St. Louis 46 for a Cowboys 1st down.  That could be one for the ages.  Romo then capped off the drive, scrambling up the middle for 15 yards and the touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-7 heading into the locker room.

"That was a trick play we were working on," coach Wade Phillips said, laughing.

"When I first kicked it, I thought, ‘Uh-oh, maybe I should’ve fallen on it,’" Romo said. "You have a sense that people are around you or you don’t. And no one was around me."

In the 3rd quarter it was 3 drives and 3 TD’s for the Cowboys.  They didn’t take long either, with the longest drive being 5 plays.  Romo threw a 59-yard strike to Patrick Crayton to make it 21-7, slinged a 37-yard pass to Crayton to make it 28-7 Dallas, and found a wide open Jason Witten from 17 yards out to make the final score 35-7 Cowboys.

Tony Romo looked sharp once again, completing 21/33 passes for 339 yards, 3 TD passes, and an INT.  He also rushed for his 2nd touchdown of the season. 

Julius Jones rushed the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a TD, while Marion "The Barbarian" Barber III carried it 8 times for 50 yards.  Tyson Thompson also carried the ball 8 times, gaining 47 yards. 

Patrick Crayton had a career day at wide receiver, catching 7 passes for 184 yards and 2 TD’s.  Jason Witten had 6 receptions for 71 yards and a TD, while Terrell Owens caught 3 balls for 33 yards. 

Nick Folk made all 5 extra points and attempted no field goals.

Ken Hamlin came up with the Cowboys only forced turnover of the game, picking off a weak Marc Bulger pass to the end zone.  The defense held the Rams to a total of 187 yards for the game.

The Cowboys, who are the most penalized team in the NFL, only committed 2 penalties for 10 yards in today’s game, which is a very encouraging sign. 

So much of Issac Bruce’s guaranteed victory.  The Cowboys now travel to Buffalo next Monday Night to take on the 1-3 Bills in Buffalo.

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!

GAME PREVIEW: RAMS @ COWBOYS

Rams (0-3) @ Cowboys (3-0) Sunday, September 30, Noon on Fox

Week 4 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys return to the friendly confines of Texas Stadium Sunday to try to improve their perfect record to 4-0 after coming off of what many consider a statement game, beating the Bears 34-10 Sunday night in Chicago. 

This game also has the makings of a potential "trap" game.  While Bill Parcells used props to get the message across, Wade Phillips only used words, and we’ll see Sunday if that has the same effect.  This game was fueled even more, as Issac Bruce guaranteed a Rams win on a St. Louis radio show.  Playing the Rams also means the return of former Cowboy La Roi’ Glover, so it should be interesting

The Rams have a lot of holes on offense that the Cowboys defense should be able to exploit.  It could be a very long day for Rams QB Marc Bulger, who is already playing with 2 broken ribs. Stephen Jackson isn’t playing this week because of his groin.  Brian Leonard will start in his place at running back.

As for the Cowboys offense, Tony Romo looks to stay hot after slicing through the Bears defense in the 2nd half like a hot knife through butter as he leads the most prolific offense in the league down the field.  The Rams do defend the passing game well, but if Marion Barber III and Julius Jones run the ball well, it’ll be a long day for the Rams defense.  Romo should be able to exploit the Rams pass defense as it is anyways. 

The Cowboys had some injury problems this week that will affect mostly special teams.  Starting fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck), backup safety Keith Davis, (shoulder), and third-team rookie safety Courtney Brown (hand), are listed as out.  Terry Glenn (knee) is also out.  Terence Newman (knee and foot), and Greg Ellis (heel) are listed as questionable.  Bobby Carpenter (quadriceps) is probable.

 

Injury Report: Week 4

Game Status:
Out:
LB Greg Ellis (Achilles)
WR Terry Glenn (Knee)
S Keith Davis (Pectorals)
S Courtney Brown (Arm)

Questionable:
CB Terence Newman (Foot)

Probable:
FB Oliver Hoyte (Neck)
LB Bobby Carpenter (Quadriceps)

 

Wade Phillips suggests that Greg Ellis is "50/50" this week. He practiced in full team drills on Thursday in the dime package.

Keith Davis has a torn pectorals muscle suffered during the Bears game last Sunday. Also, back-up safety Courtney Brown injured his arm in practice on Wednesday. Brown would have replaced Davis on Sunday, but now the Cowboys will look to Pat Watkins as emergency backup and possible even Nathan Jones if needed.

Terence Newman’s plantar fascia is doing better but he now suffers from knee tendinitis. He will most likely play but not start on Sunday.

Bobby Carpenter has a slightly torn quadriceps muscle that may have occurred during the preseason finale against Minnesota. Carpenter was ordered by doctors 4-6 hours of rest but he wants to deal with the pain and play.  

See you at the game!

I couldn’t possibly be more excited about the Cowboys than I am RIGHT NOW! I am still on Cloud 9 from Sundays game against the Bears. The icing on my birthday cake was reading the following at MyFoxDFW.com this morning.

St. Louis (0-3) comes to Texas Stadium on Sunday without running back Steven Jackson, followed by Dallas going to Buffalo to play a Bills club that’s 0-3 and might be without quarterback J.P. Losman.

Should the Cowboys win both, as expected, Romo, Terrell Owens and Marion Barber will be able to say they’ve already done something Troy, Michael and Emmitt never did: win their first five games. The Triplets’ best start was 4-0 in 1995, the season of Dallas’ last Super Bowl title. The Cowboys haven’t been 5-0 since 1983.

With such lowly foes coming up, some are already talking up the sixth game, at home against New England. There’s a good chance both teams will be unbeaten going into that Oct. 14 matchup.

Wouldn’t that be COOL!? To witness our favorite team do something our favorites from the recent past never did…! If that’s not enough to make any Cowboy Fan jump out of their seats, I don’t know what is! I’m sitting here waiting for Sunday with my game gear on, camera and tickets in hand! I have missed watching my Boys in action live and in person. I CAN’T WAIT for Sunday to arrive!

The Cowboys of old would make me worry here. They would win the games fans knew we shouldn’t and arrive at the easy games asleep at the wheel. This season, I don’t have that concern. They want it as much as I want it for them! I do have a confession to make. Brace yourself for this one! I am preparing myself for a 6-1 record through the first 7 games. I’m sure all of you will agree that the one game in question will be exciting. With that game being at home, we will have an advantage if the home crowd will get it together!

Number one rule for fans in the stands: QUIET PLEASE, OFFENSE AT WORK! Watch the jumbo, people! Don’t make this crazy little 5′ nothing, buck and a quarter female run up and down the isles telling you how to help the team win! BECAUSE I WILL IF THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES! I know you get excited. I DO, TOO! You have to know when to use the seat you paid for and when to say, "I didn’t pay for this seat to use it!"

Of course, I’m trying to not get ahead of the schedule… to see the games one week at a time. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. It’s especially hard for fans like you and me, right? We can do this, Cowboy Fans! We have to stay with the team. They are focused on one game at a time and so should we! More important than that, WE CAN HELP THEM WIN the ever important home games!

We can make the league fear Texas Stadium! Everyone has noticed that the Cowboys mean business but they haven’t taken the home crowd seriously yet. Put the two together and you have a force that can’t be beat!

My fantasy teams did much better this week. I won a game I thought was a sure loss. We battled to the end. I don’t care to admit how bad I did predicting the games last week. Uugh! I have some catching up to do. Here are my early predictions for this weekend: Houston, NYJ, Balt, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Green Bay, Carolina, Seattle, Pitt, Indy, K.C., Philly, N.E.

Good luck with your fantasy teams and predictions! I’ll see YOU at the game on Sunday!

GO COWBOYS!!

Cowboys News: Gramatica Released

The Cowboys released Martin Gramatica today after spending less than a month on the Injured Reserve list. Gramatica injured his hamstring during the third preseason game in Houston and was placed on the IR to open a spot on the 53-man roster.  

Gramatica can sign with another team at this time, but if he does he risks any grievance pay from the Cowboys. He received a $200,000 signing bonus in the offseason.

During Training Camp and Preseason, Gramatica had some competition for starter kicker with rookie Nick Folk. Nick Folk has been amazing in his first 3 starts, completing 6 of 7 field goal attempts (his only missed field goal was blocked).

After the failure of Mike Vanderjagt last year, Gramatica came to be a Cowboy, and with him brought hope. We wish you the best of luck Gramatica and thanks for your hard work!

Whoooopeee!!! Jump On The Romomania Nutty A-Go-Go Bandwagon!!!

Howdy Cowboy Country! Hi Mom!

Okay, my crystal ball and I are going to take a nap soon… But, I would be remiss if I forgot to spread some major Romo Love to all the legions of Romomaniacs flocking to join us here at America’s Team cult-hero headquarters of all things Romomagical.

In case you were still unsure, the answer is yes. Yes, he really really is the new messiah who will be majestically leading us all to the silver gates of the New Jerusalem being built down the road off Tom Landry Highway in good ol’ Arlington. And, if Jerry forks over the cash soon.. we’ll go ahead and order a Papa John’s Pizza, switch back to Ma’ Bell or AT&T, throw back a few ice cold Diet Pepsi’s, AND call Jerry a prophet simply to make him feel real good. I sure hope Jerry chooses to wait until after the Romo Super Bowl Victory Party in a few months to give him that whopping 99 Million dollars a year he’s gonna obviously deserve. Luv ya Jerry!

Anyways, perhaps Big Bill should get all the credit for bein’ the honey and locust eatin’ type wilderness dude for making "the change" against the Giants last year? No way.

Should that be Saint Sean’s moniker? Nah, he’s sort of a Judas-type so we will go-ahead and write him out of the Romo mythology for now. We can always throw him back in there somewhere later on.

Want to know a big secret? The credit for all things Romo is …. shhhhhhhh! Gil Brandt.

All I can say is "alien spacecraft" and "Mexico City". You do the math.

Okay, I’ll tell you more. You see, Gil did all this kinda weird, cool stuff on a government issued MAC pc in October of 1977, then again in February of 1980 with Schramm and Landry attending in the old Valley Ranch "War Room", and then again earlier this year from some remote wireless laptop location outside "The Ranch" in Las Colinas, adjacent to a declassified canal zone "area" somewhere near that funky monorail off 114 between Texas Stadium and DFW Airport. Look, I don’t ask questions okay? I’m just glad he’s alive to see it all come to fruition. Amazing!

Oh well, before the Exodus from Irving to Arlington begins, we do get to see a lot more Romomagic for 2 more seasons at ol’ Texas Stadium. Tony is officially now – a lock for the future.

It is written…

Romomania
Romofever
Romomojo
Romomagic

Romo – Superman? Did you catch that? (Madden works at the Daily Planet as a ghostwriter part-time) He KNOWS Superman.

Glad Superman wears #9 and a cool star on his helmet when he’s just goofin’ around with the football.

Hey! Somebody put back up that funny pseudo- " 9 TONY ROMO " Ring Of Honor banner thingy in Texas Stadium!

I’m NOT joking. Whomever that ballsy, creative, luxury box- pimpin’ visionary is … whoever you are, I sincerely request you put it right back up!

Don’t worry cause I talked to Jerry, he’s all cool with it. Hurry.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Owens.
That’s right. Mister.
Way to go T.O. !!!
Hey, fellow DFW media dorks. I’m calling YOU dweebs out.
Recognize.
T.O. is a Cowboy. A productive, exciting Cowboy.

Owens has proven to me he is passionate and sincere about his involvement and role.

He has heart, superstar skill, style and may I dare say class?

Ever heard his interviews? Lately? Has T.O. just been misunderstood all this time?

Or is he happy and wiser? Well, for whatever reason, he has been as controversial as a mute monk

sleeping, while receiving nothing but a very bad rap ever since the moment he got here.

He isn’t going anywhere anymore. Nuff said.

Thanks Jerry for not "listening" to all the local media brainiacs who demanded Owens departure this off season.

I never quite got all that?
Regardless, T.O. is for real okay? Back off. Breathe. Applaud.

Write something positive about the player for a change.

I guess nobody has any choice as the stats are now simply way too revealing for anyone to dare challenge T.O.’s worthiness to wear the star.

(BTW check out T.O.’s "personal" column/blog online at the startle~gram after EVERY game- really good stuff! Trust me.)

And, guess what? The legendary Doomsday Defense is baaack!

Also, Baby Bum and Garrett get the "Game Ball" for superb, gutsy play calling.
Going for it like they did on 4th proves they trust, respect, and now believe in Tony.

Hey Hester. You know um Hes, I know Deion Sanders personally. And um Hester, you’re NO Neon Deion! So Romo’s over-hyped huh? Gee Whiz.

The Boys SHUT him down and hopefully up for at least a little while.

Hey, for a real good quality laugh, (hahahaha!!!) – check this out from my ding-dong Chicago Tribune archrival: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-newdowney23sep23,1,448458.story send him a few comments for me PLEASE! Ha! Good Times.

Hey Downey, how about us Cowpokes settle for just being perhaps a lil’ overly content? :-)

Yeah, it’s still so very early. But, this potentially glorious season promises to be memorable at the very least.

Admit it Downey, joyrides with everyone here on the new and improved- Super Duper Romomania Bandwagon is Cowboy bliss!

Romo! Romo! Romo!

All Aboard !!!!!!!