What Does The Philadelphia Win Mean For The Dallas Cowboys?

NFL/If you are a real passionate fan that loves the Dallas Cowboys as much as I do, you will understand the emotions I had going through that game.

I see the low scoring numbers, and I’m wondering when is the bomb going to go off? It never happened. It felt like Super Bowl XLII where you are constantly wondering when the Patriots offense was going to finally click and destroy the Giants like they had done to every team before that game.

Dallas has never been able to keep a lead that close safe. Not to a great team anyway. They are either ahead by two or more scores or they are driving trying to win the game in the fourth quarter.

I’m bracing myself for what could be the most embarrassing loss of the season. Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia? The experts say that Dallas could afford to lose that game, I personally, could not say that.

For one, I don’t think any rivalry game or any night game is acceptable to lose.

And this isn’t just any rivalry, this is the Philadelphia Eagles. No team hates Dallas more than Philadelphia. They proved it when the Cowboys were up at Philadelphia and Michael Irvin went up to catch a pass and came down on his neck.

While he was on the ground motionless, the Philadelphia audience decided to rejoice at his injury like they had just heard that a brutal war had ended or they were being given $5,000 back on their tax returns.

Michael Irvin ended his career that night, and many were afraid that he would die, and the Philadelphia party kept going on.

From that point on, the Eagles have always been public enemy number one in my book. They surpassed the Redskins with ease that night, and throughout my time as a writer, I have met many Philadelphia fans, and the vast majority live up to their callous and sociopathic reputation.

The one of few exceptions to the rule is my friend Dan Parzych.

So, if I sound like I’m really enjoying this victory a little more than most, now you know why.

This victory over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, in Philadelphia, after they just lost the World Series makes me feel like a young kid going backstage to see the Miss America candidates in their bikinis.

The Cowboys main rival and suppressor over the past decade has been the Philadelphia Eagles. Over the Andy Reid era, including last Sunday, the Cowboys are 14-7 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles have gone to five NFC Championships, one Super Bowl, and crushed Dallas last year 44-6 for the final playoff spot.

The number of spammers I saw with the phrase, “44-6″ followed by a crude slur are immeasurable.

This win has lead the Cowboys to a 6-2 record and first place in the NFC East. A place that the Cowboys have fought hard to reach, and a place that I hope is their nesting ground for the rest of the season.

This win was also very revealing for the Cowboy players and for the fans.

This team handled the Eagles in a clutch situation!

I cannot stress how often analysts wonder can Tony Romo handle the pressure in a clutch game? Can he lead his team in the fourth quarter against a playoff team and come out on top? Is he going to be a choker for his entire career?

I can’t speak to the future, but the signs say that times are changing with this 20-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tony Romo threw a perfect pass to Miles Austin after tricking cornerback Sheldon Brown into jumping on a pump fake, and Austin took that ball and made six points out of it to give a 20-13 lead over the Eagles.

The Eagles never came back after that. They forfeited two timeouts due to failed challenges, and the Cowboys ran out the clock with Marion Barber.

That wasn’t supposed to happen. Dallas was suppose to cough up a fumble or throw a horrid interception and lose.

They didn’t. They won a nail-biter against a team that has been a titan in the NFL for ten years.

That game is a game to build on.

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Romo Spreads the Love As the Cowboys Win 38-17

Tony Romo and the Cowboys had an excellent outing at home against the Seahawks winning 38-17.

The defense and special teams looked outstanding and the offense used all of their weapons.

Touchdowns: Sam Hurd, Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton

Sacks: Keith Brooking, DeMarcus Ware, Bobby Carpenter

Patrick Crayton returned a punt for a touchdown for the second week in a row.

Outstanding play all around! How bout them Cowboys!

Weekly Game Balls: Week 7

How ’bout them Cowboys! Huge win for our boys in blue and silver last Sunday.This win might be a sign of things to come.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Miles Austin, again.

How can we deny another game ball to him two games in a row? Miles is proving why we got rid of T.O.

Austin has the game breaking speed and excellent route running that the Cowboys have been lacking for a while.

Austin finished the day with 171 yards on only six catches. He scored two touchdowns along the way. The speedster from little known Monmouth University has given the teams of the NFL a reason to take notice.

We should give Jerry Jones some credit for finding 2 diamonds in the rough. Miles and Tony.

Great work once again Miles!


This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to DeMarcus Ware.

The sack flood gates have opened!

The Cowboys sackmaster celebrated his new deal with two sacks and heavy quarterback pressure for the whole game.

Ware also had a forced fumble.

He is a leader on defense and deserved every penny Jerry paid for him.

DeMarcus also finished the day with 2 solo tackles. He is the cornerstone of the new improved defense.

All quarterbacks should be running for their football lives. DeMarcus is here to stay.


Congratulations to Austin and Ware for their great contribution to the victory.

Honorable Mention: Tony Romo, Mike Jenkins

Back To The Future

I was sitting at my house earlier in the week watching ESPN Classic featuring the 1991 Cowboys vs Falcons. Although Troy Aikman was not in the game due to an injury, I saw Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin and “MOOSE” Johnston and the way they moved up and down the field and the way the defense took over and controlled every aspect of the game.


Sunday as I was sitting there watching the Cowboys DESTROY the Falcons on defense, I had to remind myself that I was not still watching that same game on ESPN Classic. This was the 2009 Cowboys playing a great game. We dominated on the line and got to the quarterback several times during the game. Yes, it was a rocky start giving them that first drive and touchdown, but when Phillips challenged the defense they stepped up and performed like we knew they could. It was all over but the crying for the Falcons at that point.

As for the offense, T. whO.??? Miles Austin is the name we are and SHOULD be talking about. Jerry Jones said himself, “He has the big play making abilities”. Well that has been proven 2 weeks in a row. Tony Romo is looking like he did last couple of years and seems to be having fun again. Yes once again they looked great, but that has happened before this season.

Don’t get me wrong, I am just as much of a die hard fan as all of us out there. Sitting next to my dad on the couch screaming together as the Cowboys scored. Or even better, when the Cowboys score you pick up your phone, call your dad and when he answers, you both just start screaming then hang up. NO WORDS NECESSARY!! Those are the great phone calls we all love to make. But just like Kelly said, we have to be truthful, and realize there are kinks that need to be worked out.

Penalties are obviously our biggest concern. One thing that needs to be brought to the field, locker room, practice field and everywhere else is discipline. Once that is established and they stop making all the mistakes, I really believe they will have a strong chance at making a very strong push this year. LETS GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!

Finally It All Comes Together

For the first time all season everything came together for the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday playing against the Atlanta Falcons the Cowboys played a complete game.

Yes, a complete game. The offense was clicking. Romo threw for over 300 yards and went 21 of 29. Miles Austin showed up again with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The defense came through with four sacks and two turnovers, and the special teams was outstanding. Patrick Crayton ran back a punt for 77 yards and a touchdown and he caught a touchdown as well.

We still had eight penalties in the game, but other than that all phases of the game were clicking. Although we did not have a 100 yard rusher, all backs combined for over a 100 yards.

The Cowboys finally showed us what they are capable of and boy was it nice. I was so happy to see them play so well against a good team. I guess the bye week was good to us and the Cowboys.

With the Giants losing on Sunday, winning this game was huge. Not only did we gain some ground on the Giants, but we beat a team that we may be fighting with down the road to get into the playoffs. This one was really nice! Now bring on the Seahawks we are ready to win another one! GO COWBOYS!

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Let’s Enjoy Austin Without All the Comparisons

StarStruck GraphicsMiles Austin definitely stole the spotlight on Sunday. He did more than his share, helping the Cowboys trounce the Falcons.

However, one thing is really bugging me. I’ve heard people say he’s the new Michael Irvin, I even read an article claiming he is T.O. with smile.

Give Miles Austin his credit for what he has worked hard to accomplish. There is not much about Miles that reminds me of Irvin or Owens. In fact, not to belittle either of those superstars, but Austin did something they never did… and he did it as a #2 receiver. He currently holds the franchise record for receiving yards in a single game. Of course Irvin and Owens hold their own franchise records. Which essentially proves my point even further.

I know people are just excited and happy about the win and the hope that Austin brings for the Cowboys and I love it! I love when the fans get pumped up and enthusiastic.

I’m sure Miles would feel honored to be compared to such great professional players, but I’d also bet he would be the first to tell you he is nothing like them.

Forget the three different personalities and egos, their playing styles are nothing alike. Not to mention, you may be getting a little bit ahead of yourselves.

There’s nothing wrong with being compared to the likeness of football greats, so maybe I am overreacting.

Either way great work Miles keep it up, we are very proud of you!

Oh yeah, and for the record I never got into the whole “The New Triplets” thing with Romo, Owens and Barber a few years ago. We need to make new memories and dynasties. Embrace the past and learn from it, but don’t try to recreate it, it never works out right.

A Giant Weekend for the Cowboys

I have a few things to say about this weekend, so I will start off by saying that the Dallas Cowboys looked absolutely amazing against Atlanta.

Our defense, with the exception of the first drive, was amazing, shutting down a very good offense for the majority of the game. The Romo to Austin connection is working better than any of us could have imagined. Austin now has 16 catches, 4 touchdowns and 421 yards in the last two games. That is simply amazing. When Owens was let go, Austin was crowned the man that would fill the big play shoes along with Roy, but for whatever reason that did not happen right away. Austin is now the number one receiver in my eyes. He is great and I will be buying a Austin #19 jersey as soon as I get paid.

Patrick CraytonI am also very proud of Mr. Patrick Crayton. He was said to be moaning and complaining all week long about his jobs being taken away and what did he do? Crayton, even though he didn’t have nearly the day Austin did, pulled in a receiving and punt return TD. Now, I am not saying Crayton saved his position on this team by any stretch, but I am saying this is what every NFL player should do when he is moved down on the depth chart. He should come out and perform. Crayton showed a lot of heart this week that we have never seen from him. I am very impressed in how he handled his situation this week.

How about Ratliff and Ware? These guys are amazing. They put pressure on Atlanta’s offense almost from the very beginning of the game. Pressure after pressure, Ryan was never comfortable in the pocket and that is what helped our secondary. The secondary also played great with the exception of a few bad plays here and there, but nonetheless they held there own against a very good passing attack. The physical nature of the defense, I think, set a tone. Even our corners Newman and Jenkins were smacking people around yesterday. That is what I like to see from our defense, make the Falcons remember the day they played the Dallas Cowboys.

Our team looked very good as a whole yesterday in all three aspects of the game. If they play like this, with intensity and heart, then this team will be in the Super Bowl in February. The sky is the limit.

The Giants did us a very big favor again for the 2nd time in as many weeks by losing again, which pulls us within a half game of the division lead. With a date with the Seahawks coming next week, we could easily be first place in the division this time next week. The Eagles can also help us out with a loss at Washington tonight. We would have sole possession of 2nd place. I do not think the Skins will beat the Eagles. Then again, they do not have to because we travel to Philly next week to face the Eagles. We can do the job ourselves!

*****GO COWBOYS*****

Austin Is Miles Ahead Of Everyone At Wide Receiver

Falcons Cowboys FootballLet the Cinderella story continue…

In today’s 37-21 Cowboys victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Tony Romo could be seen smiling again inside the huddle. The reason for that can be summed in two words – Miles Austin.

Austin once again delivered another huge performance in his second start of the season after his record breaking performance two weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs. Austin caught six passes for 171 yards and hauled in two touchdowns in his encore performance. It was the perfect compliment to the 250 yard, two touchdown breakout performance in his first career start.

He is now the undisputed big-play threat that Roy Williams was supposed to be, and the best part is that we didn’t have to break the bank to get him. 

Miles AustinAustin, who replaced Patrick Crayton as the starter, may have now staked a claim as the Cowboy’s number one receiver, if not on paper than certainly in the minds of Cowboy fans everywhere including myself.

As for the number one receiver on paper, Roy Williams, he had another lackluster effort. He was thrown to nine times, dropped two passes and caught just one pass for sixteen yards. The writing is on the wall.

Austin put on a dazzling show out there today, making big plays out of two high throws, one low throw, and another remarkable catch where he was surrounded by three Falcons defenders. In a word, Austin was UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!

If you were Tony Romo next week, who would you look for first against the Seahawks?

This is more than just a case of catching lightning in a bottle, we might be witnessing a celestial event… A Star Is Born.

Week 7: Cowboys 37 – Falcons 21

Cowboys take win #4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Tony Romo went 21 of 29 for 311 yards and three touchdowns.

Miles Austin had another career game recording 171 yards on 6 catches and two touchdowns.

Patrick Crayton had one touchdown on offense and one on special teams after returning a punt for 73 yards.

Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick both had interceptions and Demarcus Ware had two sacks.

Full recap to follow.

Weekly Game Balls: Week 5

What a game. Should have not been as close as it was but a win is a win. We have seen some first and a record breaking day.

What a game! It should have not been as close as it was, but a win is a win. We witnessed some firsts and a record breaking day.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Miles Austin.

This speedy wide receiver had a record breaking day with 250 yards on 10 catches with 2 game saving touchdowns.

His first score almost won the game for the Cowboys, but the one in overtime counted for the “W”.

Austin just might have earned his starting spot. Miles is the game breaking threat the Cowboys need.

He also could have had a few more touchdowns on the day. But he couldn’t secure a couple of throws from Tony.

Great job Miles Austin.


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

Brooking is the solid linebacker that was needed to compliment the defense.

Brooking finished the game with 8 solo tackles and helped on 3 more. He also recorded a sack on Matt Cassel. He came flying from up the middle to take him down.

With all the pressure the Cowboys gave the Chiefs on Sunday, Keith also had 4 QB hits.

His leadership speaks for itself. You can find the veteran linebacker running up and down the sidelines when he’s not on the field. He gets this team pumped up! It feels like Brooking has been a Cowboy all of his life.

Keep up the great work Keith Brooking!


Congratulations to Austin and Brooking for their great contribution to the overtime win.

Honorable Mention: DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Jay Ratliff

Will The Real Number One Receiver Please Stand Up

Last Sunday’s record-setting day by wide receiver Miles Austin against the Kansas City Chiefs has earned him more playing time, deservingly so. Some would even say that Austin even earned himself a starting job, but Wade Phillips isn’t officially making him one. At least not yet.

Filling in for an injured Roy Williams, Austin broke Hall of Famer Bob Hayes’ team record when he hauled in 10 catches for a new club-record of 250 yards. It was a record that had lasted 43 years.

Two of those ten catches went for touchdowns including a game-winning 60-yard catch-and-run to the end zone in overtime that beat the Chiefs 26-20.

While we debate whether Miles Austin should be a starter, I did some research and it seems to me that since the 2008 season, Austin has been out producing Roy Williams whenever he gets his hands on the ball.


It’s important to note that to get those 47 catches, Williams had been targeted twice as many times as Austin, but imagine if it were the other way around?

Austin could have easily topped 1,200 yards and who knows how many more touchdowns that would have translated to.

All I’m saying is that nobody should be surprised if Austin eventually becomes the starter and also becomes Romo’s favorite wide receiver. Austin has proven that he can hang with the best of them, and now he has the team record that proves it.

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Austin is no longer a secret weapon… he has made himself one of several other primary weapons on this team. Even Wade Phillips acknowledged that on Monday when he said,

“He’s too big of a threat, and he’s proven now, and I think we have confidence in him. I’m talking ‘we’ — the offense, the quarterback, so forth,” Phillips said. “He can make a play that we think he can make, so we have to get him the ball more.”
You may remember that after the the Cowboys released Terrell Owens, Jerry Jones said something that many fans including myself, found insane.

He said that one of the reasons he let T.O. go, was because of the emergence of Miles Austin who had that same big play, game-breaking ability.

Maybe J.J. wasn’t so crazy afterall.

Inefficiency – Offense and Defense

wadepAs I watched the Cowboys squeak by the winless Kansas City Chiefs, I could see that my prediction was coming true. I told all of my coworkers that this game would probably turn out like this. It seems that for the last couple of years every time the Cowboys play against a team they should beat, that team looks like world beaters and that they could win the Super Bowl. I am not sure what it is, but it should not be this way. We should be able to beat teams like this, everyone else does so why not us?

This year it can be explained by inefficiency on both the offense and defense. I am not sure what is wrong with the offense, some of it is untimely penalties, you know the ones that come in the redzone or after we make a big play. Penalties are really killing us. It seems that the coaches do not make the players accountable.

After Flozell Adams’ third or fourth false start or holding call, I don’t see Coach Phillips get mad or anything. Matter of fact, what coach is yelling at him? No one that I can see. Flozell is a good player, but he has been the most penalized player in the last two years and probably will be again this year. It makes no sense to me at all and if it is not a penalty he is getting beat. I think he should be benched, but the coaching staff obviously does not feel the same way.

Then there is the defense. I have seen in the last couple of years, every time we go down and score the defense just lets the other team come right back down the field and score themselves. I just knew when we scored on Sunday that the Chiefs would be able to march back and tie the game, I just knew it.

The defense is preventing us from winning. The defense has been inconsistent just as much as the offense has. Yes, Miles Austin was able to get 10 catches for 250 yards, but we did not do much for the first three quarters of the game. It seemed fumbles and punts were all that we were good at.

The Cowboys have a lot of work to do and someone needs take this seriously, especially the penalties. Hold players accountable for mistakes.