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Dez Bryant: Full Report From Mom To Talent

The Dallas Cowboys have selected Dez Bryant as their new first round draft choice.

Since being drafted, Bryant has been in the news constantly, and I felt that instead of writing two or three mini-articles about Bryant, I’d do what the writers of Sports Illustrated do and just write a long article about Dez Bryant covering everything.

Let’s get this thing started with:

Dez Bryant Will Be Talked About Whether He Is Good Or Bad

When you think about the Dallas Cowboys, they always have these players that just stand out.

Whether is was the clean-cut life of Roger Staubach aka Captain America and Hollywood Henderson’s personality and antics in the 70s to the flashiness of Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin in the 90s; Dallas has always had guys in the center of attention.

The 2000s were no different. We had Terrell Owens, who made sure everyone had their popcorn ready, Roy Williams, who was just a seismic blow to receivers that came on his side in the early years, and Tony Romo, the undrafted free agent Pro Bowl quarterback that dates Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and pulls off some of the greatest highlights in the last ten years of professional football.

Now, as we enter a new decade, Cowboy fans are going to have to prepare for a new set of characters and guys in the limelight.

Dez Bryant is already under a microscope due to his suspension from Oklahoma State, the recent press about his mother; a topic I will address later, and most importantly, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

I don’t know how it came about. To me, a kid from Texas, the Cowboys are just my team, but because of the “America’s Team” moniker, the press and media focus on them especially, so they are going to be watching Dez Bryant closely because the Cowboys will be watched closely.

Think about how often ESPN would focus on Michael Crabtree last year. After a while, the buzz around him died down because he plays for the 49ers, not a big name team like the Cowboys or the Colts or the Patriots

The big question is will Dez Bryant be a playmaker or a struggling rookie?

I can just see it now. Men in suits talking about how Dez Bryant’s five touchdown game this past week is the greatest performance by a rookie receiver.

Or I can see them talking about he’s not connecting with Tony Romo, he’s not getting by defenders, and he is looking like a bad draft choice by the Cowboys.

Dallas fans are just going to have to accept that Dez Bryant will be a major topic of conversation. He had headlines during the draft, he’ll have headlines in the NFL.

Also, by presenting Dez Bryant with the jersey number 88 that was Michael Irvin’s, a Hall of Fame receiver, puts even more attention and pressure on this young rookie.

I just wonder if Dez Bryant will bring touchdowns along with the cameras to the Cowboys this upcoming season.

Dez Bryant’s Mother is Irrelevant to His Future as a Cowboy

I’m waking up in the morning, and I check my usual football news websites so that I can find out anything, no matter how insignificant it might be, to ensure that I’m informed.

I look up and I see how this no-name general manager for the Dolphins named Jeff Ireland actually asked if Dez Bryant’s mother was, to keep it PG, a member of the world’s oldest profession at one point.

It struck me funny because I first wondered if he really was the general manager since Bill Parcells is running the show down in Miami.

Regardless of who exactly Jeff Ireland is, Dez Bryant politely skipped that question, but the sports world has kept it a headline, so here is my take:

I’ve read arguments by writers for both sides, and I don’t believe that Ireland meant to maliciously offend or embarrass Dez Bryant, I do think that he should claim temporary stupidity because only an idiot would bring that kind of question out in the open.

For one thing, the question is irrelevant. Unless Dez Bryant was actually helping his mother with some criminal activity, the past stays in the past.

Everyone has skeletons in the closet. Everyone including you and me has something that we have done that would turn us as red as a coke can should the public find out about it.

It’s called being human.

I think that the apology was not mandatory, but in that kind of situation, I would be compelled, personally, to apologize for my lack of sensitivity when it comes to the subject of the woman who gave birth to Dez Bryant.

I applaud Jeff Ireland for apologizing, I chalk up his mistake to being human just like the rest of us. Just don’t do it again.

Don’t ask a question that isn’t related to his speed, hand skills, footwork, motivation, work ethic, or in certain cases, things that Bryant has done in the past.

What his mother allegedly did and what Bryant does are two separate issues that are not connected by any reasonable means. End of story.

What The Dez Bryant Selection States?

Okay, now for some real football talk.

Going into the draft, I felt that Dallas should have addressed needs at offensive tackle and safety since the release of both free safety Ken Hamlin and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.

Instead, Dallas decided to trade up from 27 to 24 with New England just before Baltimore and drafted Dez Bryant.

Personally, I didn’t believe we necessarily needed Dez Bryant because while Roy Williams had struggled, I saw him make some very good catches at key moments in the last two games against the Eagles this past season.

I felt that Roy Williams was going to get some more work in and knock out all the kinks and become a legitimate number two guy.

The emergence of Miles Austin was astonishing as well and combine Jason Witten, our regular Pro Bowl tight end, and the three-headed running attack of Choice, Barber, and Jones, and you have got a great offense.

Dallas was second in the league in total offensive yards gained. Granted, they were 14th in points scored, but Dallas could improve on that with better execution in the redzone.

From a team standpoint of needs and depth chart, this looks like a stupid move.

However, the reality is that Dez Bryant is an amazing talent. In 1998, the Cowboys had a chance to draft a very talented wide receiver out of Marshall named Randy Moss.

Moss had grown up a Cowboys fan, wanted to be their guy, and Dallas spurned him in the draft by drafting Greg Ellis instead.

Jerry has no problems with his memory especially since Randy Moss will go to the Hall of Fame one day and in his rookie year, he caught 69 balls for 1313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Moss got his revenge on Thanksgiving when he and his team, the Vikings, showed up to Dallas, and Moss had three catches.

All three were for touchdowns and over 50 yards each. He finished the day with 163 receiving yards in a 46-36 win for the Vikings.

That was devastating because the Cowboys went 10-6 that year and lost in the playoffs to the Cardinals. Think about how different things would have been if Moss had been paired with Michael Irvin?

Jerry Jones is not about to make the same mistake twice. He’s going to take this young man whose character questions are arguably exaggerated, and Jerry is going to give him a chance to play football for the star.

This move also lights a fire under Roy Williams if he wants to stay a Cowboy. While I agree with many experts that the trade for Roy Williams was a reach, it can still pay dividends if he plays like the wide receiver that Jerry believes he’s capable of playing as.

This also spells the possibility of losing Patrick Crayton or Sam Hurd, two veteran receivers that I had come to cherish during their time here in the Big D.

Hopefully Dallas can keep them all because I’d love to see them win a Super Bowl with Dallas.

Interesting Stat About Dallas and First Round Receivers

The one thing about this move that concerns me is the late draft history Dallas has when it comes to receivers.

In 2000, Dallas traded two first round draft picks to the Seahawks for Joey Galloway whose career stats for Dallas are 151 catches for 2341 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Seattle used those picks on the 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander and wide receiver Koren Robinson.

Then we traded Galloway to Tampa Bay for Keyshawn Johnson, and all I can say is UGH!

Finally, we trade our first, third, and sixth round picks to Detroit for Roy Williams and a seventh round pick.

Those picks drafted Brandon Pettigrew and Derrick Williams, and neither team so far has benefited from those trades.

Dallas hasn’t been very good at trading for real receiver talent, and when you trade draft picks for them, it’s the same as if you drafted them yourself.

Also, Jerry Jones did not draft Michael Irvin. Michael Irvin was the last first round pick of the Landry Era. So, Jerry Jones has done zilch when it comes to drafting first round receivers.

And before you mention how the Ravens were about to draft Dez Bryant, and they are excellent drafters, I’ll remind you that the one position that the Ravens haven’t drafted well is wide receiver.

These past experiences raise eyebrows yet despite the past failings, I like the addition of Dez Bryant. I have to say that it is a gamble that I would take since at the time of the pick, all the really great talent at safety or offensive tackle was off the board.

Dez Bryant Scouting Report

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Why Dallas Will Not Look To Re-sign Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens is now a UFA which means unrestricted free agent. Anyone can pick him up for however much money he and his agent agree to.

He is an example of the joys of free agency which give hope to struggling teams looking to improve their team by going after experienced players for lucrative contracts.

According to Sports Illustrated, Cowboys wide receiver, Patrick Crayton, has stated that he would welcome the return of Terrell Owens should he come back to the Dallas Cowboys.

However, I don’t think the Cowboys will go after Terrell due to a few reasons.

A: He’s a year older and we don’t know if he’ll keep up his previous production of the past.

B: Terrell has publicly stated many unflattering comments about former teammates like how if he had had quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing to him for his career, he would have numbers like Jerry Rice.

That is a subtle way of saying, ‘My QBs are not good enough to realize how open I am at all times.’

He even posted things on his twitter page, which I thought was fake at the time, but sadly, it was confirmed to be true.

His exact words when responding to a fan that had stated he was unhappy that T.O. was no longer in Dallas were: “Neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i’m happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!”

The “OC” is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who calls all the plays for the Cowboys. We all know who Romo is.

So, how can Dallas just welcome back a guy who has insulted the two guys that are responsible for Owens getting the ball at all?

C: We already have an accomplished receiving corp. Roy Williams is going to start next year as said by Jerry Jones, the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, and the Cowboys are paying him starting money already with a six-year contract of $54 million and along with $26 million of that guaranteed.

Throw in the fact that Miles Austin will get a new contract soon, and he is the number one guy who will get a lot of money. Throw in the fact that the Cowboys love to run the ball just as much as they do pass it, so we can’t expect this team to be Air Coryell and play with three wide receivers every down.

Despite Roy Williams’ disappointments this year, I believe that he can improve and become that big-play wide receiver we need alongside Miles Austin.

The two guys we have now are much younger, much quieter, are more of team players, and will not have reality shows in the offseason.

I love T.O. But, we can’t have him now. We’d be wasting money on an unhappy player. Dallas is a family now. Keith Brooking is the daddy on defense and Tony is taking charge on offense, and Tony doesn’t need Terrell demanding the ball every other down.

What else is there?

Terrell Owens is not coming to Dallas. The Cowboys are going to use the receivers they have now and look to a Super Bowl win next year.

Original article posted here James Williamson is an accomplished writer for NFLTouchdown and Bleacher Report as well as a view Dallas Cowboy sites

Franchise or Not, Miles Will Stay In Dallas

According to a recent post at Star-Telegram.com the Cowboys will not franchise Miles Austin nor will they sign him to a long term deal. What?

“We don’t need to use the franchise tag,” said Stephen Jones. “How many times have you seen another team give up a one and a three?”

“It’s very difficult for us to make an offer when we don’t know what the system is going to be. I’m not saying that it won’t happen, but it may be difficult,” Stephen Jones said. “We want to win next year, but we want to win in the future.”

Jerry Jones was quoted on ESPN radio saying the Cowboys will do whatever it takes to retain Austin.

“We’re just not going to have Miles Austin any place but with the Dallas Cowboys,” Jerry Jones said on ESPN/103.3 FM radio.

I’m sure that the recent comments from Stephen Jones will send some into a tizzy and spur on an onslaught of posts raising the panic alert, but all Jones did was explain the course of action regarding Miles Austin and the current climate surrounding the yet to be determined collective bargaining agreement.

Obviously the owners want to reduce the rate of salary growth while the players union want the opposite. It may take some time before they come to an agreement that suits both of them.

With the financial picture so cloudy and hard to predict, it makes it difficult for all NFL teams to negotiate long term deals with their current players.

Would you go out and buy a new house after finding out that your company was laying off 300 workers next month?

How can the Cowboys negotiate a big deal with Austin when there’s even a slight chance that there still might be a cap, and if the owners get their way, a smaller cap…

Another huge contract on top of those already given to Roy Williams, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and Marion Barber could suffocate the Cowboys and prevent them from making any other additional moves.

Hopefully, a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place by March 5, 2010, thus making it easier for the Cowboys and every other NFL franchise to navigate through their offseason plans and better prepare for the new season.

Miles Austin isn’t going anywhere. He is now one of our most prized possessions and there is no way the Cowboys would risk losing him.

Roy Williams Steps Up In Playoffs To Add New Weapon To Cowboys

When Jerry Jones originally traded for Roy Williams, everyone I corresponded with that knew anything about the Dallas Cowboys thought that Williams was going to be opposite Terrell Owens.

When Owens was released, I was shocked because not only did we let go of a guy who is a Hall of Fame receiver, but we now had Roy Williams as our number one target.

It made me very nervous to say the least because when you look at Roy Williams in a uniform, he reminds you of Owens and Hall of Fame Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin.

Tall man at about 6’4 and 210 lbs, long arms, broad shoulders, very good speed and jump, a good sense of where the sidelines are to go along with good feet placement, and he can catch some of the weirdest passes at times.

Yet, when he finally got on the field, it was a major disappointment. He and quarterback Tony Romo didn’t always have the right timing with him, he didn’t always run the right route, and at times, he would drop major key passes, which definitely hurt his confidence.

It looked like the Cowboys were cooked for the season until Williams missed the Kansas City game and gave Miles Austin a chance to start, and it was the greatest thing Williams did all year because Austin exploded on the Chiefs, catching ten balls for 250 yards and a pair of scores.

Miles Austin is now a Pro-Bowl wide receiver while Roy Williams has had ups and downs during the season. Austin, in 12 games, caught 81 balls for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns while Williams has only 38 catches for 596 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It looked like Jerry’s trade for Roy Williams was a horrible idea. The Cowboys gave up a first, a third, and a sixth round draft for Roy Williams and a seventh round draft pick from the Detroit Lions.

However, I contended that Roy Williams was just in a slump and with time, it would go away.

It looks like it just might be gone now.

Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News stated in a previous article that he doubted Roy Williams would be a factor in the playoff game against division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, he was wrong, I can definitely say that.

Roy Williams wasn’t hot, since he only had five catches for 59 yards, but he made a statement early by catching the first pass from Romo for 7 yards to set up a very manageable 3rd and 5. Later on in that drive, he made a 15 yard catch and run on 2nd and 11.

Despite not scoring that drive due to a few penalties and a sack on Romo that kept the Boys out of fields goal range, Roy Williams got his confidence back and made some big plays against one of the best cornerback tandems in Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel.

Williams made two 17 yard catches on two 3rd down situations in two separate drives. Both drives led to scores by Dallas. One other time Romo threw a screen to Williams, who tripped and only got three yards, but he didn’t lose the ball, and trust me, the Eagles were trying to strip it all night.

Roy Williams is not a top five or ten wide receiver, but when he is on, he is just as dangerous as one. This game has definitely helped his confidence, and he refuses to give up on working with Tony Romo. He will now have another chance to step up since the Vikings will definitely put their best cornerback, Antoine Winfield, on Miles Austin.

Dallas will need Williams to get more plays and I believe that he has the ability to do it. He’ll have to prove it in Minnesota’s dome next week though.

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Boys Put a Muzzle on Critics With Impressive December Win

Is there anything more glorious than waking up the day after a win and watching/hearing the critics eat crow?

ESPN should have felt ashamed on Sunday morning, after tearing into Roy Williams all week about “guaranteeing a win,” even though those words never left his mouth.

What I would have given to see the look on Tony Dungy’s face when he heard Tony Romo say that his incredibly foolish “no chance” comment inspired Dallas to come out with both barrels blazing at the Superdome last night.

‘Tis the season.

Saturday’s win over the 13-0 Saints marked the second time since 2006 that the Cowboys have beaten a heavily favored undefeated team. The other instance came in 2006 when Dallas thrashed the high flying 9-0 Indianapolis Colts.09000d5d81517bb9_gallery_600

As the saying goes, “that’s why they play the games.”

December woes can no longer be pinned on Tony Romo, who has played arguably the most consistent football of his career over the past four weeks. The man has not thrown an interception since November 22 against the Washington Redskins, a game which the Cowboys won. He also has not thrown more than one interception in a game since week two against the Giants. Romo is playing error-free football during the point of the season that matters the most for a playoff hopeful team.

As we saw on Saturday, the running game is also starting to emerge during the month in which running the ball wins games. The rushing attack has been inconsistent all season, and with three capable running backs in the Cowboys’ stable, there is simply no excuse to have a lackadaisical running game. Grinding it out on the ground will be the key to victory in the next two weeks against division foes.

On the other side of the ball the Cowboys have played hard-nosed defense at a level that has gone without praise for most of the season. The play in the secondary has been consistent for the first time in years, even with the injury to Ken Hamlin. Mike Jenkins has emerged as a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback, and defenses are starting to realize that throwing away from Terence Newman is not a viable strategy anymore. Anthony Spencer has finally emerged as a pass rushing threat opposite Demarcus Ware, and Keith Brooking has solidified the inside linebacker spot with outstanding play. Jay Ratliff is also having a Pro Bowl season, and with the play of Igor Olshansky, the ‘Boys are not regretting their decision to let the Giants overpay Chris Canty.

Up until a few weeks ago, special teams was also playing at a very high level. With the unfortunate erosion of Nick Folk, the best Cowboys fans can do is cross their fingers and hope Shaun Suisham can kick well until another viable option becomes available.

Don’t count ‘em out just yet Cowboys fans. As we have seen in past years, the team that plays their best ball in December has the most success in the playoffs. If the things we all saw on Saturday night are any indication of the brand of football the Cowboys plan to play for the rest of the season, they have a great shot.

Big Comments from Roy Williams

Two weeks ago the Cowboys were sitting at 8-3 and on top of the NFC East. Then something happened that just could not be avoided. That something was the month of December. Now two weeks later the Cowboys are 8-5 and in second place in the NFC East after back to back losses to the Giants and Chargers. How can get things get any worse? Enter the New Orleans Saints. Did I mention that the Saints are a perfect 13-0 this season?

The Cowboys best defensive player DeMarcus Ware may not play due to a neck injury he suffered in the San Diego game.The team will more know about Ware’s status after practice on Wednesday.

Add to that the kicking issues with Nick Folk. Once known as Mr. Automatic, Folk has fallen on hard times this season. This week Folk is competing with David Buehler on field goals in practice. Wade Phillips expects Folk to kick come Saturday night as reported by DallasNews.com.

“Well, I mean, that’s what I would presume right now,” Phillips said. “We’re still working with Nick. He’s obviously been a good kicker but for whatever reason, he’s been in a slump lately. Can he come out of it? I think he can. We’ll just have to see. David (Buehler) is working more on field goals, but he’s a ways away.”

Also reported on DallasNews.com is that safety Ken Hamlin is expected to start against the Saints after missing four games with an ankle injury

Then there is Roy Williams. I’m sure everyone has seen his interviews throughout this season and how he approaches things with the media. This week he decided to go in another direction. With everything the Cowboys are going through and all the talk about now being 0-2 in December so far this season. It’s Roy Williams who is the voice of confidence coming from the Cowboys locker room as reported by ESPN.com.

“Might as well crown them, right?” Williams said with more than a hint of sarcasm Tuesday. “They’re undefeated. It’s December. We don’t have a chance.”

“This is a two-round fight, and this is just the first round, in my eyes,” Williams said. “I don’t know about everybody else, but I think we’re going to see this team in the playoffs down the road.”

“If we pack our bags and show up in New Orleans on Saturday night,” he said, “we should be victorious.”

I believe I’m not alone when I say that this week’s game against the Saints is the Cowboys whole season. Falling to 8-6 would not be a good thing. I also know that there are many fans out there that are less than confident about getting a win against the Saints. Any team can lose any game at any time. Do the Saints concern me? Of course they do. I guess we will just see what happens come Saturday night.

Oh No, Not Again

New York GiantsLast Sunday game against the Giants was another rerun, one that has played over and over again in recent years. I have talked about it before, and sadly it seems I will be talking about it for a while still.

Watching the game, I remember being extremely happy that we scored on a great touchdown catch by Roy Williams, I was ecstatic. Up 10-0, looking as if we would be able to beat the Giants with less than 2 minutes before halftime and we had been doing a good job on shutting down the Giants. Then it happened. The defense let them go down and score pretty easily.

I ran upstairs to check on my son and came back down and see we are losing 14-10. I thought, what in the world happened!?

Come to find out, Marion Barber had fumbled the ball back to the Giants. Then I seen the replay of Brandon Jacobs running for a 74-yard touchdown. I was in shock, to say the least!

All of my dreams of beating the Giants were being shattered. Then it gets worse. We let them run back a punt for a touchdown. That’s when it really became a nightmare.

So continues the talk of how we can’t win a game in December. We definitely have to do something to stop this pattern.

We have the Chargers coming up and then the almighty, undefeated Saints. The Cowboys really need to figure out how to win in December or else we will be left sitting at home watching the Eagles win the division and head to playoffs.

Cowboys Fall to the Giants 31-24

Wade PhillipsDallas went to New York with high hopes and fell short, a touchdown short to be exact. Giants (7-5) walk away with the win and are only one “W” out of  first place. The Cowboys (8-4) now share the division lead with the Eagles. Never a dull moment in the NFC East.

Early on the Cowboys seemed to be controlling the game with a score of 10-0 up until the two minute warning. Then all of a sudden the Giants scored two touchdowns in less than two minutes right before halftime.

Tony Romo put up good numbers, but that just proves that stats don’t win games. Romo went 41/55, 392 yards, three touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. Romo’s 41 receptions set a new franchise record.

Roy Williams collected two touchdowns and had six receptions for 60 yards. Jason Witten came away with a career high 156 yards on 14 carries. While, Miles Austin had 10 receptions, 104 yards and one touchdown.

Romo and the receiving corps played great but those numbers mean nothing though when you lose to a division rival. And, it certainly didn’t help that the ground game never showed up. Between the three backs, Dallas only had 45 yards on the ground. All three lacked explosiveness and ran tentatively.

Nick Folk missed two field goals, and to be honest may not be a Cowboy for much longer. The Cowboys need a winner and Folk is definitely struggling lately. Many games come down to field goals and when you are in a run for the playoffs you need to be sure your kicker can make those shots.

On the defensive side of things, highlights include Jay Ratliff’s forced fumble and recover, Mike Jenkins’ interception and DeMarcus Ware had one sack. Other than that, mistakes, penalties and missed tackles were abundant.

This one is on the defense and special teams.

Jason Witten, who should have been celebrating a career best day and his 500th career catch said it best…

“We’ve got to challenge ourselves and find a way to play. We have to get back to it and forget all this December stuff. I’m not trying to avoid it or say it’s not true. We’ve got to put it away. You let another one slip and you’re really in trouble.”

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Things we kept waiting for but never happened:

1. Massive Sack Attack from DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer

2. Deep Passes to Miles Austin

3. The Three-Headed Monster to Wake Up

4. Urgency From the Cowboys

Fans prepare yourself, because its going to be a long week of hearing about the Cowboys record in December. The schedule doesn’t get any easier either. Coming up: Chargers, Saints, Redskins, Eagles.

I’m not saying that our season is over, I’m not saying we can’t still win the division. All I’m saying is it won’t be easy.

This loss pissed me off more than any of the others this season. Usually I get sad, but not necessarily mad. It’s passion-driven anger. It’s uncontrollable and I shouldn’t let it get the best of me. I apologize to anyone who I offended or attacked during or after this game.

Don’t worry, I will pull myself together. I’ll get over it and look forward to the next game. The team should do the same thing. I hope they take this loss personally and take it out on the next team in line.

Miles Makes It All Good

Miles AustinOn Thanksgiving day the Cowboys showed us that they can be a team to be reckoned with and that WR Miles Austin can very well be the playmaker the team has been searching for over the last season and a half.

Against the Raiders last Thursday, Austin caught seven passes for 145 yards and hauled in another touchdown after being denied one minutes earlier in the game.

Austin had a field day against the Raiders’ tight man to man coverage, and ironically he could have had a few more catches had he simply held on to them.

All in all he, Austin showed us that he is back on track after experiencing some down time in the two games prior. Most importantly, he delivered a big game against a Raider secondary that ranks in the upper half of the league, and features two of the league’s best man to man coverage cornerbacks. Take a bow Miles!

Additionally, even Roy Williams hauled in a touchdown of his own, while Jason Witten made a couple of long grabs en route to yet another 100+ yard day for the Pro Bowl tightend.

It was a great game to watch as the Cowboys seemingly had everything working for them, and not just in the air but on the ground as well.

Felix Jones finally showed the explosiveness that had been lacking since his knee injury, and dazzled the crowd with an electrifying run for touchdown, and Tashard Choice made a nifty run of his own out of the Razorback formation.

Next week we go to New York for a rematch against the Giants. It’s a game that we need to win so that we can finally take control of the division, and put the NFC East race to bed.

GO COWBOYS!

Edited by Joe D.

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!!!!!

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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Weekly Game Balls: Week 10

Honestly, I didn’t even want to give away a game ball this week. Truly standout performances were non-existent and hard to find. And while some may argue that Roy Williams and his 105 yards deserved the honor, it clearly illustrates why numbers alone does not dictate a solid performance.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Dallas Cowboys Fans.

After four straight wins, we knew it would be a tough challenge for the Cowboys in Lambeau Field, but nobody could have predicted such an impotent display of offense against the Packers.

We deserved better… and though at times the Cowboys showed some fight, most of the time they were getting pushed around and knocked to the ground as evidenced by the five sacks on Tony Romo.

So for your unwavering support and undying loyalty, we are pleased to award you the fans this weeks Game Ball.

Thanks for always supporting the Silver and Blue through good times and bad.

Star50

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

This one was a lot easier than the offensive game ball, and I thank DeMarcus for that.

Ware is back to his old self and registered two more punishing sacks against the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.

He added six tackles to his tally and once again he has become one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL.

Quarterbacks Be-Ware!!!

Star50

Way to go to Ware and Cowboys fans!

Honorable Mention: Anthony Spencer, Mat McBriar