Emmitt Is One Step Closer to the Hall of Fame

The 25 semifinalists for the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced, and to no one’s surprise the great Emmitt Smith was on the list.

The 25 semifinalists are:

Tim Brown

Lester Hayes

Cliff Branch

Rickey Jackson

Cris Carter

Cortez Kennedy

Don Coryell

Art Modell

Roger Craig

John Randle

Terrell Davis

Andre Reed

Dermontti Dawson

Jerry Rice

Richard Dent

Shannon Sharpe

Chris Doleman

Emmitt Smith

Kevin Greene

Paul Tagliabue

Russ Grimm

Steve Tasker

Ray Guy

Aeneas Williams

Charles Haley

The list will be narrowed down to 15 on January 7th, 2010. The Class of 2010 Inductees will be announced February 6th, 2010, the day before the Super Bowl.

Emmitt Smith will be the 11th Dallas Cowboy to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards in his 15 seasons. He was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times, won NFL rushing titles in 1991-93 and ’95 and helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls in four years in the 1990s. On Oct. 27, 2002, he broke Walter Payton’s rushing record with an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter against Seattle.

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Also on the list was Charles Haley who played for the Cowboys from 92-96, however he would be inducted as a 49er. Haley has made it to the semifinals list six times.

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True Words Of Wisdom

It was good to hear Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones give the team some good advice after the game on Thursday. Jones addressed the team in the locker room after their 24-7 Thanksgiving Day victory, and cautioned them not to lose focus or get too far ahead of themselves.

“This is a time when there shouldn’t be anybody smug, shouldn’t be anybody feeling full of themselves by where we are. We should really sit down here and see because we may not, on an individual basis, ever get to be in a spot like this again. So, let’s spend the next six weeks really blocking everything out as much as we can and zero in on the playoffs.”

I have no doubt that Jones was probably thinking about last season, when the Cowboys went 1-3 in December, before addressing his troops. Last year he watched silently as the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention. I’m glad he reminded them how easily a two game lead can evaporate.

Head coach Wade Phillips seemed to echo his employer’s sentiments when he later added;

“We have something to prove the next game, that’s where we’re going,” coach Wade Phillips said. “I am happy we have won three in a row on Thanksgiving but we have more to accomplish.”

Always two there are… a master and an apprentice.

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The Boys Are Back!

Felix JonesThe Thanksgiving Day game just reinforced my belief that the Dallas Cowboys are a TEAM, not a bunch of individual stars making amazing plays. They worked together and did it well!

The Cowboys I saw playing yesterday looked like a totally different team than the one I watched last weekend vs the Redskins. They showed why they’re called America’s Team. They played with heart and a desire to win which, to be honest, is something I haven’t seen much of this season. Tony Romo was distributing the ball well. Jones, Barber, Austin, Williams, and Witten all made some key plays. Choice had a huge run in the first quarter with the Razorback formation for 66 yards. The offense wasn’t making the silly mistakes like they did last week that cost them some needless penalties and despite the injuries, they were able to protect Romo well. Another key to this huge win was the fact that Romo didn’t throw any interceptions and there weren’t any turnovers….or more importantly, no points off turnovers. The Dallas offense just could not be stopped once they got started. I was amazed at all the 10+ yard plays! Even Witten, with his injured foot, had a 100+ yard game which he hasn’t done since last season.

The Cowboys have more than a week to rest up and get ready to take on the division rival New York Giants. As long as Romo’s back can hold up, Witten’s foot gets better, and their offensive line can keep it together, they shouldn’t have any problem picking apart the Giants like they did to the Raiders. The Giants have been rather weak on offense lately and the Dallas defense has been playing to win. Ratliff was so explosive and really impressed me. Of course, DeMarcus Ware is always a force to be reckoned with. Hell, for that matter, the entire defensive line is! I really could not find a single thing to complain about how they played yesterday.

The next 5 weeks are key in the hopes of the Cowboys making it to the playoffs. Sure, they’re the division leaders right now but they still need to get past the Giants, then San Diego, New Orleans, Washington, and Philadelphia. If Dallas can keep playing the type of football that they did on Thanksgiving, there should be no reason they can’t make it to the Superbowl. Yes, I said the Superbowl! They haven’t won a postseason game in years, and it’s about time they do! The Cowboys that played yesterday CAN make it to the playoffs and beyond.

Feasting On Thanksgiving Day; Cowboys 24 – Raiders 7

Miles AustinFirst of all I want to wish everyone out there a very happy Thanksgiving. Hope everyone had a great day with family and watching some Dallas Cowboys football. Just like Kelly said, thanks to all of our troops out there serving our country, we all thank you very much.

As for the game, the Cowboys got back to the way they should be playing. They had a decent game and pulled out a vicory. Was it an astounding victory, no but they did look so much better this week than they have in the past 2 weeks. One question that has to be addressed. Is Nick Folk a concern? In the past, Especially last year when we played Buffalo, Nick was a sure thing we could count on every time. This year is not the same story, and watching the Texans go down like they did due to Kris Brown missing those field goals twice in 3 weeks, we HAVE to keep an eye on him.

As for the rest of the game Romo was back to his self going 18/29 for 309 yards 2 touchdowns and NO turnovers. Miles Austin once again showed he is the number 1 reciever with 7 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown. Jason Whitten had his best game of the year with 5 receptions for 105 yards. Roy Williams had another touchdown in his 2 catches totalling 15 yards. Our running backs had a really great day with Barber and Jones having a combined 4 catches for a total of 42 yards.

Our rushing attack was once again proven to be one of the best in the league. Felix Jones carried the ball only 7 times but had 68 yards, including a 46 yard run for a touchdown. Tashard Choice took a wild cat snap and ran it for 66 yards. And our Beast of a running back Marion Barber had 14 carries for 61 yards.

Our defense did not look their best, especially against the run. They allowed a total of 124 yards on 24 carries for the Raiders. Gradkowski went 18/35 but only had 200 yards passing and 1 touchdown but scrambled for 30 yards on the ground. Demarcus Ware was making his presence known all game long, and even though he only had 1 tackle with 1 sack, the Raiders offensive line had to double team him allowing Anthony Spencer to have a good game with 6 tackes 2 assists and 2 sacks.

In total Dallas had a total of 494 yards in the game with 195 of those yards coming on the ground with a total of 25 rushing plays. Penalties once again were a concern but down a bit from recent games with 6 penalties for 48 yards. Better but not good enough. We had a total of 18 first downs to Oaklands only 14 first downs. Time of possession was also in our favor 31:14 to 28:46.

All in all it was a good game on a great day. Once again I would like to say to all the fans out there happy thanksgiving and hope you all had have and continue to have a great holiday season.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MOM!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Cowboys Fans!

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It’s always such an enormous pleasure to share our opinions and interact with the number one football fans in the world!

We also want to thank and remember all of our brave men and women who continue to serve our country and defend the American way of life. Our thoughts are always with you, and we honor your incredible courage and commitment to protecting our freedom.

Thanksgiving and Dallas Cowboys football has always been a great American tradition that sets us apart from all the other NFL teams. Here’s to a great game today as we take on the Oakland Raiders. Today is all about family, friends, great food and Dallas Cowboys football baby!

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Fantasy Report: Week #12 Picks

Week #12    Hot starts for this weekend

QB’s

1)      A. Rodgers – GB

2)      T. Brady – NE

3)      P. Manning – IND

4)      D. Brees – NO

5)      M. Schaub – HOU

RB’s

1)      C. Johnson – TEN

2)      A. Peterson – MIN

3)      C. Benson – ChI

4)      S. Jackson – STL

5)      M. Jones Drew – JAC

WR’s

1)      R, Moss – NE

2)      A. Johnson – HOU

3)      L. Fitzgerald –ARZ

4)      V. Jackson – SD

5)      R. Wayne – NE

TE’s

1)      D. Clark – IND

2)      V. Davis – SF

3)      A. Gates – SD

4)      T. Gonzales – ATL

5)      K. Winslow – TB

OK Guys! The Thursday Turkey Day Games so make sure you get your lineups in by Wednesday Night or Thursday morning just in case…

THURSDAY GAMES

GB vs DET: Well Detroit had a good game but everybody worth starting is hurt so don’t bother unless C. Johnson actually plays. Start all GB Players you got, they should rack up the points.

DALLAS vs OAK: After last week not sure what to expect or should I say which team will show up? Romo’s hurting (Back), Witten’s Hurting (Foot), Barber’s hurting (Quad). Sheez, might be wise to check the pre game info before you start anybody. Even with Dallas hurting the Defense is solid, so avoid all raider players.

NYG vs DEN: This should be a great game to watch, but not to have any players in. The Giants should score but I don’t think it will be a lot. Denver is slumping but Orton should be back at QB. Still, be careful who you start here.

SUNDAY & MONDAY GAMES

ARZ vs TEN: Sweet looking matchup here for Arizona. It is a must start for all Cards. With the way their schedule looks it might be a must start the rest of the way. Tenn is on a roll. Arizona’s defense is not that strong, so this looks like an above matchup for the Titans as well.

ATL vs TB: Atlanta needs a win bad before it’s too late. Look for them to rebound here against TB. With Turner out, Snelling will start at RB. Don’t waste your time with any TB players.

BAL vs PIT: This should be a very low scoring game. I would only start players here if you don’t have a better choice. Yes that includes R. Rice.

BUFF vs MIA: Buffalo is one of the worst teams this year and has no fantasy value what so ever. The only time I would use somebody from their team is if they play TB/Jac/Det/STL. You get my point. Now Miami is playing well R. (Stoner) Williams went off last week just like I said he could. And he might just do it again!

CAR vs NYJ: I would only start RB’s from these teams. I’m hearing that they will both Run, Run and Run some more… and that the passing games will be an afterthought at best.

CHI vs MIN: Wow I hate to say this but the Bears are awful and I don’t see them bouncing back soon. Feel free to start all MIN players you got.

CIN vs CLE: Hopefully C. Benson plays, if so he is a must start. Ocho is a must start against Cleveland as well. The rest is up to you. Don’t waste your time with Cleveland, they have only scored 5 offensive touchdown in the last 15 games.

HOU vs IND: This is going to be the best fantasy game of the week. A must start for all players involved.

JAC vs SF: This also looks like a above average matchup for both teams. Neither plays defense well but both will put up some TDs!

KC vs SD: This is an above average matchup for SD and I just don’t see KC upsetting SD like they did PIT! So feel free to start your SD players and avoid KC if possible.

NE vs NO: This is going to be the best game to watch this weekend. Man, could you ask for 2 better offensives? I don’t think so. This is a must start for all players involved. Brady to Moss and Brees to everybody!

PHI vs WAS: This should be a blowout, but you never can tell. This is a above average stat day for Philly, and does Washington even have a team to start? YES! If your in a bind pick up Cartwright – RB. He is a sleeper this weekend.

STL vs SEA: As bad as both teams defenses are playing I would go ahead and start all players involved, well within reason. S. Jackson/D. Avery/J. Brown & M. Hasselbeck/J.Jones(If Playing)/N. Burleson.

That’s it folks… Have a great Thanksgiving and remember to take time to enjoy the family then sneak away to the real important things like COWBOYS FOOTBALL!

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Thanksgiving Memories

With Thanksgiving only a day away I know we are all thankful for family, friends, roofs over our head and food on the table. But as fans of the Dallas Cowboys we are also thankful that our team plays on this day every year. The Cowboys first Thanksgiving Day game was back in 1966 thanks to Tex Schramm who came up with the idea for the NFL. They have played every season except 1975 and 1977 when the St. Louis Cardinals replaced them.

As a fan I can really only remember back to 1980 as far as Thanksgiving games, but have heard the stories and seen the highlights of games before then. The Cowboys have had their share of great games on this day as well as boring games and ugly games. But through it all they have compiled a 26-14-1 record on turkey day. They have also won the last three years.

I came up with a list of the Thanksgiving games that stand out. Here they starting with the very first game in 1966.

1966 vs Cleveland. Dallas won 26-14 as Don Perkins ran for 111 yards.

1974 vs Washington. Dallas won 24-23. In what could be their most famous game  backup QB Clint Longley comes off the bench for the injured Roger Staubach. Losing 16-3, Longley brought them back to a 17-16 lead. Then down once again 23-17 Longley connected with Drew Pearson  for the game winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game. Pearson had 108 receiving yards.

1979 vs Houston. Dallas lost 30-24. This game was the Earl Campbell show as he ran 33 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Roger Staubach did what he could as he threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Drew Pearson had 118 yards receiving.

1980 vs Seattle. Dallas won 51-7. The Cowboys built a 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Tony Dorsett ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

1981 vs Chicago. Dallas won 10-9. With the score tied 3-3 in the 4th quarter the Bears scored, but missed the extra point. The Cowboys scored late in the game on a Ron Springs touchdown run. The extra point was good and Dallas took a 10-9 lead. The Bears attempted a last second field goal that was no good. Walter Payton ran for 179 yards for the Bears.

1986 vs Seattle. Dallas lost 31-14. The Seahawks get their revenge after their 51-7 loss six years earlier. Curt Warner ran for 122 yards and one touchdown for the Seahawks.

1987 vs Minnesota. Dallas lost 44-38 in overtime. With both teams taking the lead at different times during the game. It finally went into overtime and the Vikings won it with a Darrin Nelson 24 yard touchdown run. Vikings wide receiver Anthony Carter also collected 184 yards receiving and two touchdowns. For Dallas Danny White threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. Dallas receiver Mike Renfro had 100 yards and three touchdowns. The name Darrin Nelson may sound familiar to many. Two years after this game he would be part of the Herschel Walker trade to Minnesota.

1989 vs Philadelphia. Dallas lost 27-0. In a game that became known as the “Bounty Bowl”. It was said that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan put a $200 bounty on Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas and $500 bounty on Troy Aikman. Dallas could only gain 191 yards of offense as Aikman threw for only 54 yards and 3 interceptions.

1992 vs Giants. Dallas won 30-3. Great win over a hated division team as Emmitt Smith ran wild for 120 yards and two touchdowns which included a 68 yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

1993 vs Miami. Dallas lost 16-14. In all my years as a Dallas fan this was the first time I had ever remembered snow at Texas Stadium during a game. It was also the game that Leon Lett tried to recover the blocked field goal attempt by Miami, but ended up kicking it and Miami recovered. This allowed them to kick the field goal again and won the game.

1994 vs Green Bay. Dallas won 42-31. With Troy Aikman injured along with backup Rodney Peete. Dallas turned to third string QB Jason Garrett. The Cowboys were behind at halftime 17-6 and then scored 36 second half points. Garrett threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Emmitt Smith ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns along with 95 yards receiving.

1998 vs Minnesota. Dallas lost 46-36. This would be the rookie Randy Moss show. He caught three passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns (2 from 56 yards and 1 from 51 yards). Troy Aikman threw for 455 yards and one touchdown while Michael Irvin caught 10 passes for 137 yards.

2006 vs Tampa Bay. Dallas won 38-10. This would be Tony Romo’s first ever Thanksgiving start. He did not disappoint as he threw for 306 yards and 5 touchdowns.

These are just some of the games that stand out to me. I’m sure that some of you have your own favorite Thanksgiving games. Feel free to share them. As our Cowboys get ready for their match-up with the Raiders I hope for more offensive production that will vault us into the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

Weekly Game Balls: Week 11

For the most part it was one ugly game. But there were some worthy contributions that stood out among the disgust that most of us felt until the last drive of the game. With that said I present you the game balls of week 11.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Marion Barber.

All week we heard about Jerry Jones wanting to give Felix Jones more carries. However, it was Marion Barber who delivered. It was almost as if he had something to prove.

Barber rushed 20 times for 99 yards in addition had one reception for 8 yards.

We enjoyed seeing the beast come out in you MB3, keep up the good work!

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This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Keith Brooking.

Keith Brooking has been simply amazing. Week in and week out he is out there on the field giving 110%. You can even spot him on the sidelines giving pep talks and cheering on his teammates. Oh where have you been all our football lives Keith?

Brooking finished the day with four tackles, four assists and a sack.

Keep leading the way Keith!

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Way to go to Marion and Keith!

Honorable Mention: Patrick Crayton’s winning touchdown.

Flashback: Dallas vs Raiders – 1983

It took me a couple of weeks before making a decision on this match-up between the Cowboys and the Raiders. You would think there would be a lot of history between these two teams on the field, but the fact is that they have only played nine times. The Cowboys have won six of those nine games, but the Raiders have won the last three. Every single time I thought about this game I would keep going back to 1983. It was Sunday Night Football at Texas Stadium and the Cowboys were off to one of their best starts of any season as they entered the game against the Raiders with a 7-0 record.

As the first quarter got under way the Dallas defense got their first of the Raiders  six turnovers on the night as quarterback Marc Wilson fumbled the snap from center and Ed (Too Tall) Jones recovered at the Raiders 33 yard line.

It would not be your normal night as coach Tom Landry went deep into his bag of tricks. With the Cowboys at the Raiders 15 yard line Danny White went into the shotgun. On the snap running back Ron Springs who was lined up in the slot got the hand-off from White as he ran from right to left like it was a sweep play. While this was happening White kind of wandered off to the right sideline. Springs then stopped and passed the ball to White who was all alone for the 15 yard touchdown pass. Dallas took the lead 7-0 with just over 2:00 gone in the first quarter.

The Raiders answered the Cowboys touchdown with ten of their own points in the first quarter. Their points came thanks to Cowboys rookie punter John Warren who could only manage a 30 yard punt and a 34 yard punt on back to back Cowboys possessions. On the 34 yard punt Warren twisted his knee and the punting went back to Danny White for the night.

Danny White’s first punt attempt of the night was fumbled by the Raiders and Cowboys special teams specialist Rod Hill recovered at the Raiders 38 yard line. Dallas took advantage again of the turnover and from the two yard line Ron Springs scored and gave Dallas the lead back, 14-10 early in the second quarter.

On the Raiders next possession Marcus Allen fumbled and the Cowboys once again recovered at the Raiders 20 yard line. Dallas converted that turnover into a Rafael Septien field goal for a 17-10 lead.

The Raiders got back into the game with the running of Frank Hawkins who rushed for 118 yard in the game. He ran untouched into the end zone from 23 yards out and score was tied 17-17.

Even without the benefit of a Raiders turnover the Cowboys drove on the Raiders number ranked defense. Dallas put together a 76 yard drive in 8 plays and then capped the drive with a Danny White to Butch Johnson touchdown. Dallas took the lead again 24-17. Those looking for Butch Johnson’s famous California Quake dance after the touchdown were disappointed. Johnson was unable to do his dance because before the season Landry said there would no end zone dancing during the season.

The wild second quarter continued as the Raiders tied the game again on another Frank Hawkins touchdown pass from Marc Wilson. As the first half was coming to an end Danny White threw an interception on the Raiders 22 yard line. This time it would be the Raiders who would take advantage of the turnover. Marc Wilson drove the Raiders into Dallas territory. With nine seconds left the Raiders lined up for the go ahead field goal. Marc Wilson was also the holder on field goals and when he took the snap he stood up to attempt the fake. As he threw the ball he was hit by Dallas cornerback Dennis Thurman. The ball landed well in front of the intended receiver, but Dallas linebacker Anthony Dickerson was called for pass interference on the receiver even though he had no chance to catch the ball.

The pass interference penalty put the ball at the Dallas one yard line with only three seconds left in the first half. Instead of going for the field goal, Raiders coach Tom Flores sent his offense onto the field. Marc Wilson found tight end Todd Christensen over the middle for the easy score. The Raiders ended the wild first half of football with the lead, 31-24.

I guess both teams must have been tired from all the first half excitement because only a field goal was scored in the third quarter. That was from the Raiders who recovered a Danny White fumble on his own 20 yard line. They converted that into a Chris Bahr field goal and entered the fourth quarter with a ten point lead on the Cowboys, 34-24.

Dallas got the scoring going early in the fourth quarter with Danny White throwing his second touchdown pass of the game. White connected with receiver Doug Donley from 17 yards and cut the Raiders lead to 34-31.

The Dallas defense went back to work on the Raiders. With a little over 13:00 to play Anthony Dickerson forced a Marc Wilson fumble. Linebacker Mike Hegman scooped up the ball and ran it in for the go ahead touchdown from nine yards out. Once again the Cowboys had the lead at 38-34.

The Raiders were able to put another field goal on the board to tighten the Cowboys lead to 38-37. From that point things seemed to be good for the Cowboys.

With 7:00 remaining and the Raiders at the Cowboys 35 yard line, Dennis Thurman forced a fumble by Raiders receiver Dokie Williams. Dallas linebacker Dexter Clinkscale recovered.

The Cowboys moved the ball into Raiders territory with just over 3:00 to play in the game. On a 3rd and 15 Danny White looked deep for Tony Hill, but was intercepted by the Raiders at the 13 yard line and it was returned up to the 25 yard line.

Marc Wilson started to drive the Raiders. With some great passes to receiver Dokie Williams the Raiders got to the Cowboys nine yard line with only 20 seconds left in the game. Chris Bahr lined up for a 26 yard field attempt. As Bahr kicked the ball and it sailed over his offensive line, up jumped Dallas cornerback Michael Downs from behind his defensive line. Downs came within maybe an inch or two from blocking the kick, but the ball continued to sail up and through for the winning points. The Raiders had pulled off the upset in a wild night at Texas Stadium, 40-38.

The loss for the Cowboys was their first of the 1983 season. They would go 5-3 the rest of the season and finish with a 12-4 record. Their 1983 season would end at home in the playoffs to the LA Rams, 24-17.

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Is Cowboys’ Close Victory Over Redskins Reason To Worry?

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The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry has always been intense.

The Redskins have three Super Bowls to go along with their two NFL Championships, while Dallas has five Super Bowl wins of their own.

However, to my great delight, the Redskins have struggled greatly as of late due to the ineptness of owner Daniel Snyder, who makes Al Davis not look half bad, and general manager Vinny Cerrato, who has neglected several key positions.

The Redskins have had a repugnant offense this season. Before the Cowboys game, they had 140 points over nine games.

Dallas, however, had one of the best offenses in the league, averaging nearly 25 points per game.

For Sunday’s matchup, the Redskins offense did not have Chris Samuels, Clinton Portis, or Chris Cooley.

In other words, the Redskins’ offense was supposed to struggle against the Cowboys. They did just that.

However, what appalled this writer more was the fact that the Dallas offense, for the second week in a row, had only one touchdown.

7-6 was the final. The Dallas defense saved the day after Tony Romo made a clutch touchdown throw to Patrick Crayton.

Regardless of the fact Dallas won that game, they should be utterly disgusted with themselves for not blowing out the ‘Skins.

Why is it that Dallas was losing for three and a half quarters before they pulled out a win? They can get away with this against the Redskins, but what about other teams like the Eagles or the Giants?

What’s wrong with this offense?

The football player in me says they all failed, but the analyst in me is able to point a couple fingers and criticize those guys who need to do their jobs.

Roy Williams is still not a bust, but he is ticking me and a lot of my friends off. He missed multiple opportunities for big plays in that game. Tony Romo may not had the best pass at times, but those balls were certainly catchable, and Roy Williams did not catch them.

I still believe Williams has the ability to get on the same page with Romo and make these plays like he did in Detroit. The question is when will the chemistry click?

I can possibly give Miles Austin a break. I understand he was double covered a large amount of the time.

Austin came through in the end with four catches for 47 yards.

Could it be that the Skins were just pumped for this game because of the rivalry? Yeah, but I still think Dallas is better.

Dallas should have been pumped for this game. If I’m Jason Garrett, I want to run up the score and make the Skins realize that they belong at the bottom of the NFC East.

It didn’t happen though.

I don’t understand what happened, but it has to change. Maybe it is the playcalling. Maybe Romo needs to spend more time practicing with Williams. Or maybe the Cowboys need a swift kick in the rear.

Dallas won that game by a nose.

Now, they have they face the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Oakland is coming off a big win against the AFC North-leading Bengals.

I don’t want my turkey messed up by an anemic offensive attack.

This team has got to do better. They need to diagnose this problem and get an aggressive treatment for it before it bites them in the heel in two days.

Two days. That’s all the Cowboys have.

Should I be this worried? It is the Raiders, right? Sorry, I don’t underestimate the Raiders, and the fact is they have benched JaMarcus Russell.

If Tubby the QB was playing, I’d be a little less worried. But they are going up against Bruce Gradkowski, who is definitely an upgrade over Russell at the quarterback position.

Also, count on Austin to struggle because the Raiders have the best cornerback in the league, in my opinion, in Nnamdi Asomugha.

The guy is a textbook shutdown corner and he’ll be on Austin for sure.

Which means our main target will be Roy Williams. Uh oh!

Should Dallas fans be worried? Absolutely. My advice is for the religious one to start praying, because they’ll need all the help they can get.

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Cowboys Scalp Redskins… Barely

Patrick Crayton TDSomehow the Dallas Cowboys were able to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat and beat the Washington Redskins 7-6 on Sunday. Instead of a devastating loss, Romo and company came away with an unlikely win, and Cowboy Nation can now collectively exhale and relish the moment.

For almost four quarters, the Cowboys offense was held scoreless due mostly to an ineffective passing game that featured poorly executed passes, dropped balls and a poor job of running routes. On a day that the Cowboys finally got their running game going, the lack of balance with the passing game allowed Washington to keep Dallas at bay and control the tempo of the game.

Romo was clearly out of sync for most of the game, but somehow he eventually rediscovered his accuracy in the final minutes of the game and connected with Patrick Crayton for the game-winning touchdown. He completed 7-of-8 passes for 60 yards on the winning drive and kept several plays alive by steering clear of the Redskins pass rushers.

Offensively, there’s still a lot of work to be done and the Cowboys must find away to effectively get into the end zone more often if they want to compete with the other powerhouses in the league. In the last eight quarters the Cowboys have scored a total of two touchdowns.

Marion Barber (107 combined yds), Felix Jones (49 yds), Jason Witten (5/49) and Miles Austin (4/47) all contributed. Roy Williams was targeted five times, but had no catches. Nick Folk missed his only field goal attempt.

Defensively, the Cowboys kept the Redskins out of the end zone and thus kept the team in a position to comeback and win the game. Keith Brooking continues to shine and picked up the only sack of the day to go with 4 tackles and 4 assists. Orlando Scandrick had his moments and Bradie James was his usual awesome self. Overall, they were solid all day.

The Cowboys now have five days to get ready for their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Enjoy the turkey, eat your veggies, and save a piece of pumpkin pie for me.

Cowboys Bounce Back to Beat Redskins 7-6

Crazy games aren’t rare for Cowboys/Redskins matchups, but this game’s score seemed more like a baseball game than football.

One of the saddest box scores in the history of football..

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2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Dallas

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0

7

7

Washington

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3

0

6

Luckily Tony Romo scrambled and found Patrick Crayton in the endzone with 2:41 on the clock.

This was an ugly loss. Thank heaven the defense was strong, holding the Redskins to only two field goals, because with the offense not scoring, this game could have gotten out of control.

The ground game was alive and well accumulating 153 yards, while the passing game was held to 152 yards. Even though Tony Romo won the game, he had horrible day statistically. Romo went 15 for 27, 158 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But in the end all that mattered is that he fought hard in that last drive and put the Cowboys on top.

The Cowboys go on to 7-3 and stay alone in first place in the NFC East.

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There is so much more to talk about, come back tomorrow for the full recap.