Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Right now the Dallas Cowboys are riding high after winning perhaps the biggest game of the season against their hated division rival Philadelphia Eagles. With a win over Philly the Cowboys are now in first place in the very competitive NFC East division and are officially back in the title contender conversation.
Before this game against the Eagles there was a lot of talk about the chemistry between vocal wide receiver Roy Williams and quarterback Tony Romo which reminded all of us of all the trouble the Cowboys had last season with controversial wideout Terrell Owens. Williams said that Romo and him were nowhere near on the same page and it just seemed like the same old story in Dallas, but that changed after the win over Philly as the two hooked up six times for 70 yards.
The Cowboys were just starting to get things together with their talented offense as young wide receiver Miles Austin quickly emerged as the go to guy for Tony Romo. This could be the main reason for Williams not being happy in Dallas, but like I said after week nine's win over the Eagles things might start to change with Williams attitude towards his quarterback.
At the beginning of the season the Dallas Cowboys were as far from a sure bet as a team could be with a promising young football team. They struggled on both sides of the football and looked like they were head for another disappointing season without a playoff appearance. A few seasons ago the Cowboys were a hot commodity, but at the start of this season it was hard to even see the Cowboys pulling out easy games against teams like the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fortunately things turned around for Dallas and they haven't looked back since as they are now the favorites to win the NFC East and finally get back into the playoffs. There is still a ways to go in the season, but things are really looking up in Dallas as they have a lot of momentum moving forward.
It has been an up and down season for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys this season, but things have started to turn around for both squads as of late as they have been able to get things together with some big wins.
Fortunately for the Cowboys they have had the last laugh after beating the Eagles in the NFC East battle last week. With the win the Cowboys shot right past Philly to snatch the top spot in the NFC East and are sitting pretty coming into week 10.
The Eagles played pretty well against the Cowboys, but the Dallas defense was not giving up any big plays to Donovan McNabb and or DeSean Jackson in this game as they were able to keep Philadelphia's high powered offense relatively in check for most of the game holding the Eagles to just 16 points.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense didn't have as big a day as they have had in weeks past as they were only able to put up 20 points against the Philly defense, but that was enough for Romo and company to get the win and claim first place in arguably the toughest division in the NFL in the NFC East.
In week nine the Eagles destroyed the New York Giants beating Eli Manning and company 40-17. Earlier in the season the Dallas Cowboys took on the Giants in week two and Manning was able to lead his boys past America's team 33-31.
So despite the standings or expectations of teams in the NFC East it is extremely hard to pick winners in the best division in football.
It should be interesting to see how this season pans out for the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles, but as of right now Dallas is sitting pretty at the top spot!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Everyone in Dallas knows that things are starting to heat involving talks of the firing of head coach Wade Phillips and the possible benching of quarterback Tony Romo, so every single week the pressure is mounting and anything less than a win in any given Sunday could be the end of Phillips and Romo combination for the Cowboys.
Even though the Cowboys are under a microscope right now by owner Jerry Jones America's team still has to go out and give it everything they got to prevent losing anymore disappointing games.
This week the Dallas Cowboys had it easy, at least on paper, as they were set to take on the win less Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have been just awful this season as they just have not been able to get things going on either side of the football. The addition of quarterback Matt Cassel has shown signs progress at times for the Chiefs, but the young quarterback has still yet to record his first win with his new team.
Tony Romo can rack up the passing yards, just like he did in this game with 351 yards in the air, but he just can't stop turning the ball over as he had yet another fumble which could have been the deciding factor in this game. Despite having the fumble, Romo was pretty impressive on Sunday as he connected with wide receiver Miles Austin all day long as Austin finished the day with 250 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
The Dallas running game was also firing on all cylinders today as well even though two of the three backs are banged up and dealing with nagging injuries. Tashard Choice got the least amount of the carries against the Chiefs, but he made the best of it rushing for 92 yards and touchdown only only eight carries on the day. Marion Barber on the other hand only racked up 53 yards on 15 carries.
Even though ultimately the Chiefs lost this game in overtime to the Cowboys, 26-20, Matt Cassel had his best game in a Chiefs uniform so far with 252 passing yards, two touchdowns and 28 rushing yards. Besides Cassel's impressive day the rest of the Chiefs really underachieved especially in the running game as Larry Johnson only rushed for 37 yards on 21 attempts.
So the Dallas Cowboys squeak out another win here to go over .500 this season improving their record to 3-2. The Chiefs on the other hand suffer another loss and fall to 0-5 on the year.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Last season the Dallas Cowboys had one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL with up and coming quarterback Tony Romo, his favorite target in tight end Jason Witten and big mouth wide receiver Terrell Owens.
This season though things have changed, drastically! The big mouth wide receiver Terrell Owens or TO has been kicked out of town by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and now plays for the Buffalo Bills.
The big question now is: How do the Cowboys replace an offense threat like TO?
Well, mid season last year Jerry Jones made a drastic, but smart move by adding wide receiver Roy Williams into the mix in Dallas to compliment TO on the other side of the huddle. At first this expirement didn't seem to work for one of two reasons, TO wasn't happy about having another receiver of Williams caliber to compete with and Williams wasn't exactly living up to expectations.
Like I said before, it is a new season and things have changed without TO in Dallas and one of the most important things that have changed is team chemistry and smiles on the faces of the Cowboys on the sidelines.
No one knew how good the Cowboys would be without the vocal one, but after week one and a very good all around performance by all the boys from Dallas there looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The one player who looked like he benifited the most from the new look offense is Tony Romo. He has struggled at times in the past, but when Romo is on his game the Cowboys are extremely hard to stop on the offensive side of the football and he show that against the Tampa Bay Bucs in week one.
34-21! The Cowboys just dominated the Bucs, struggled a little in the beginning, but once Romo and his talented receiving core got going they were firing on all cylinders!
Tony Romo was a man on a mission against Tampa Bay throwing for 353 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to start of the NFL season undefeated.
Not only was Romo on his game, but his receivers didn't let him down as all four of Romo's favorite targets had impressive performances. Miles Austin had one reception for 41 yards and a touchdown, Jason Witten finished with 71 yards on five catches, Roy Williams got off to a good start with 86 yards and a touchdown and Patrick Crayton started his campaign with a game high 135 yards and a touchdown of his own.
So as you can see the passing game was working to perfection, but that wasn't all as the Dallas running game was clicking as Marion Barber rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries and a rushing touchdown. Felix Jones added 22 yards on six carries.
Although this performance wasn't against an NFC title contender like the Giants, Eagles or the Vikings it still says that the Cowboys haven't missed a step without TO and will be on their way to another winning season!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Talk about an upgrade on defense! As if the Cowboys weren't stacked already on the defensive side of the football now one of the best linebackers in the NFL might be making his way to Dallas.
With the Baltimore Ravens possible on the verge of a major makeover after losing defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to the New York Jets, free agent Ray Lewis might attempt to jump ship to another Super Bowl contender.
For some reason I think that Ray Lewis fits perfectly with the Cowboys. Not just because the Cowboys have a tendency to sign trouble makers, but I can just picture him in a Cowboys uniform. His brother tryout out with the team last summer so I am sure Lewis is a somewhat familiar with the Cowboys organization from his visits to the camp in Oxnard over the summer.
Reportedly the Cowboys would be looking to offer Lewis a three year deal for about $28-30 million. Not bad deal if you ask me, might even be a little too much for an aging linebacker.
Who knows if the Dallas Cowboys will get a legit shot at signing the future hall of fame linebacker with the Ravens desperately trying to resign him and Rex Ryan's New York Jets possibly trying to lure him over as well. But if Jerry Jones can somehow bring Lewis in to lead this defense, it would definitely be a step in the right direction.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
After everything that has happened with this guy in his short time with the Dallas Cowboys it seemed inevitable that one day Jerry Jones and Cowboys were going to get tired of Pacman Jones problems.
Well, it happened. Finally, the Cowboys have officially cut their ties with the troubled cornerback by releasing him after finding out about yet another incident that Jones was involved in back in 2007.
It seems that Jones was involved in a shooting back in June of 2007 in Atlanta and big surprise it was in front of a strip club. Supposedly Jones got into an altercation with someone inside the strip club and once that certain someone and two others walked out of the strip club and into their car the car was riddled with bullets.
Back in 2007 the victims of the shooting couldn't press charges on Jones because they didn't see the shooter, but some mystery informant has came forward and said that Jones ordered the hit (shooting) on the victims in the car.
Even though this case is still open, the police have said they are not actively investigating it. Which sounds like they don't have the evidence or it is just not worth the hassle.
As of a result, the Cowboys have had enough and chose to part ways with the cornerback, but I am sure he will end up somewhere next season with team that is willing to take on his baggage.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We all know money changes everything, especially when you are talking big money like what the NFL makes off of certain teams in their league. It is no secret that certain teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots get more viewers than teams like the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans or the Kansas City Chiefs.
With that being said, there is a lot more money to be made when popular teams play in the playoffs or in prime time slots. The same goes for all the major sports. For example the last World Series got the worst ratings all-time, not because the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays weren't good teams, but because they aren't based in major markets (at least the Rays aren't). For that reason the MLB suffered huge losses, of course they always make money in October, but they would have profited a lot more from say a Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers World Series rather than the one they got. Not only do both teams have a huge fan base, but they sell a lot of merchandise and then you have the Manny Ramirez factor where people who aren't even fans of baseball would watch just to see what happens when he played against his old team.
There probably isn't a conspiracy with the NFL trying to get the Cowboys a playoff spot, but with the recent time change of the Eagles/Cowboys matchup in week 17, some people think that the NFL is being a bit shady in their tactics.
This game which will determine the outcome of both the Cowboys and the Eagles season, with a win by the Cowboys they will almost certainly get a Wildcard spot with a Eagles win they will end the Cowboys season and have a chance at a Wildcard.
The Eagles are a long shot to make the playoffs, they have to have a few things happen before they even have a chance at getting a Wildcard shot, but their fate might be determined before the game do to the time change which totally benefits the Cowboys because the Eagles could quite possibly have nothing to play for. The only thing that Dallas will have against them if the Eagles season is over is that Philly fans absolute hate the Cowboys and the Eagles will want to be their rivals regardless.
This game will now get the prime time spot for football on Sunday which is 3:15pm ET, but the games before the Cowboys/Eagles will ultimately already determine whether or not the Eagles have a chance. The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Bucs hold the fate of the Eagles in their hands. If both the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, who play the Giants and Texans, beat New York then Philly is done. Another scenario is if the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders, which is a very good possibility, then the Eagles are finished.
So like I said, the Eagles are definitely a long shot to make playoffs, but there is a chance. The Cowboys on the other hand just have to win, no scenario, no other teams in the their way, just a win.
Is there a NFL conspiracy? Who knows. Would it surprise me if the NFL did do this on purpose to get the Cowboys in the playoffs? Nope.