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Last Updated: Sunday, November 4, 2007

The postgame for this game will be all about Romo, let’s put that out there right now. If we win the game, he gets headlines praising his new contract extension; however, if the Cowboys lose against the Eagles fresh off his new contract the media will turn it into some stupid blabber. Ignore it. We have our man, besides that, we are going to win this game against the Eagles. Jason Garrett has had two weeks to prepare the offense against the Eagles and it’s going to be a show, with Romo, Witten, Barber, and T.O as the featured headliners. Keys to Victory Penalties have plagued the Cowboys this season, and if the Cowboys plan on winning against the Eagles then the penalties must be minimal. Game management and opening drive defense needs to improve, I’m hoping to see Jason Hatcher in the opening drives. Slow Down Westbrook and the Screen The Eagles have a bad receiving corp, and knowing this, the Eagles will try to open up the receiving game by feeding the ball to Westbrook. They will try to execute some draw plays and the screen pass. The Eagles are one of the best teams when it comes to the screen pass. So, if we slow down Westbrook, we shutdown their entire offense,

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007

ESPN and the AP is reporting that the Cowboys have extended Tony Romo on a 6yr deal for $67.5 million and $30 million is guarenteed. I predicted Romo would get his extension during the bye week if not soon after that. Good news for Cowboys fans. The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with quarterback Tony Romo on a six-year, $67.5 million contract extension, $30 million which is guaranteed, sources told ESPN’s Ed Werder and ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley. The deal is expected to be announced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference on Tuesday. Romo’s deal surpasses the six-year, $65 million contract ($27 million guaranteed) that St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger signed at the start of training camp. Romo and Bulger have the same agents, Ken Kremer and Tom Condon. Romo was in the final year of his contract and could have become a free agent at the end of the season. By signing him to a new deal before Nov. 5, the Cowboys will be able to apply some of this money toward their 2007 salary cap. (espn) Savy dealing by Jerry Jones once again. Next on the agenda will be getting Marion Barber extended. I had also predicted Barber would be extended on or soon after the bye week.

Last Updated: Monday, October 29, 2007

Thank God for the Boston Red Sox and their sweep of the Colorado Rockies. The quick end to the World Series brings an end to the long drawn out baseball season. Here’s to you Beantown! Congrats. Now, its time for Football coverage 24/7 fullspeed ahead. The Cowboys go back to work, and will be looking at taking out the Eagles on the road. The Eagles have been having a rollercoaster season, but when the Eagles play the Cowboys all season records go out the window. This is a bitter rivalry, and this will be a close game. With McNabb and Westbrook in the game its never a guaranteed win. The Eagles still have a decent defense, and the offense is led by Westbrook. The Eagles resemble the Vikings in my opinion. They have a better QB, but they also have a solid dual threat with Westbrook as a RB or WR. Their receivers are horrible, same as the Vikings, so this game will come down to the Cowboys slowing down Westbrook and over coming drive killing penalties. The Redskins got obliterated by the Patriots, it wasn’t even close, this somewhat gives us a guage how we stack up the the Redskins. At least we made the game competitive and had a lead in the game. We lost that game because

Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2007

It’s about time DC.com had a headlining article on Jason Hatcher. I’ve been on the Hatcher bandwagon since his rookie season. You can go back in my archives and check yourself. For those in need of joining a bandwagon, look no further than Jason Hatcher. This guy is a playmaker, and has been a playmaker for awhile now. Like I said in my last article, starting Hatcher should be a premium if we’re going to stop teams on their opening drives. Teams have been able to run and pass down our throats in every game. There isn’t sufficient pressure from the front 3, but adding Hatcher to these opening drives can be the answer we need. With Ellis complimenting Ware, Hatcher’s pressure could be a good compliment to the other guys upfront too. Bradie James gives us his thoughts on Hatcher: “He’s always rushed the passer real well, but now he’s learning to be more physical in the run game,” Cowboys inside linebacker Bradie James said of Hatcher’s development. “When he comes in with that second line, we expect not to have a letdown, and at times we’ve even gotten more. “Now he’s stepping up, and hope he continues to

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Its a boring week with the Cowboys on their Bye Week. Thankfully though, we have some bye week news to keep our minds busy. The latest rumor hitting the net is Chad Johnson. Its believed Chad Johnson will NOT be with the Bengals next season. The Bengals will probably move the receiver in a trade or release him. There will be a market for Chad’s services, and look no further than Dallas for a potential landing ground. Jerry Jones is seeing what the Patriots are doing on offense, and you can bet that Jerry wants the same, and adding Johnson would make our offense even more devastating than the Cheatriots. The thing about this scenario is money and the cap. We have ALOT of contracts that need to be attending to this offseason, core players like, Marion Barber and Tony Romo to name a few. Then you have players like Patrick Crayton and Keith Davis that play important roles, but could be seeking greener pastures. There’s going to be alot of money being spent this offseason. The Greg Ellis Effect The DMN Blog has this to say about the re-emergence of DeMarcus Ware: Another pressure player emerging — The concern was whether another pass-rusher would emerge to take pressure

Last Updated: Monday, October 22, 2007

Let me preface this by apologizing to my avid fans, its been busy at work and home, so the blog has not been updated as much as I had hoped this past week. We’ll back to the normal article load this week. Now, back to the state of Cowboys Nation… The fans showed up against the Vikings this week, so that’s a positive. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings, but it was not a very convincing or dominating win, and this brings me to the big controversial question: Are We Overrated? Yes, I’m asking it, I did not studder. I’m posing the question. If you want to throw down your two cents post your response in our fanpacked message board. For now, I will take a look at our recent “body of works” and you can be the judge. Personally, I would not say we’re overrated per se; however, I don’t think we’re as good as our record (6-1) would indicate. This version of the Cowboys has a supercharged offensive scheme with Garrett at the controls, and the defense has improved somewhat since week 1. If you look at ALL of our games, we have faced some sort of adversity, mainly penalties. Penalties have throttled down our scoring potential immensely, and

Last Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Cowboys must make a statement at home, and they must attend to some unfinished business on the field – slow starts. The marquee matchup will be Peterson versus our defense. The Vikings passing game is a joke, they have really bad receivers that can’t catch. We should be able to destroy the Vikings at ease. Keys to Victory Penalties have plagued the Cowboys this season, and if the Cowboys plan on winning against the Vikings and beyond, then the penalties must disappear. Concentrate and keep the drives going Slow Down Peterson Slowing down Adrian Peterson should be a deal sealer, and give the Cowboys a win; however, if Peterson runs all over the defense, then the Vikings will be in the game. Stop Peterson, Win the game Concentration The Cowboys need to do a better job on the offensive side of the ball. There’s been way too many stupid penalties from every position on that side of the ball. Illegal shifts, illegal motion, false starts from the line and receivers. Concentrate, please. Vikings @ Cowboys Texas Stadium – Artificial Grass FOX 3:15 PM CST Analysts: Kenny Albert, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver NFL.com Gamecenter The Rest of the NFC East: Cardinals @

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

There’s not much to the Vikings, seriously. Writers will try to pump them up, but this team is still a few years off before they make some noise. I put them right there with the Bills, they are very similar on both sides of the ball. Which makes them dangerous. Yes, we’re at home, but what does that even matter in Dallas…not much. Their defense is barely average, their offense is made up of one player – Adrian Peterson. So slow down Peterson, win the game. Peterson is fast and strong, but against an aggressive defense like ours, his upright running style win get him beat up all day. He’s not the most durable back, so he better keep his head on a swivel, because this defense wants blood after last weeks debacle. Share

Last Updated: Monday, October 15, 2007

Do you really want to know why Jerry Jones decided to build the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington? The reason is simple…Dallas/Irving fans are lame, and the lack of support for the Cowboys on gameday is a complete embarrassment. Anyone who saw the game against the Patriots saw and heard the lack of crowd noise from a supposedly sold out game. The fans at Texas Stadium are pathetic. You could hear the play calls from home, and there was not enough people pumped up and getting rowdy in the stands. Several times in the game the camera would pan over to some lousy sap just sitting there, and next to him, hundreds, thousands more of the same figures. Get up and make some f’ing noise Dallas!! The real reason Jerry is building the new Cowboys stadium is partly for this reason. We do not have home field advantage, local fans are lame, and the current capacity of 65,812 at Texas Stadium is not getting it done. Jerry is hoping the new stadium which will hold at least 80,000 will help the team just because of the shear numbers of fans. The stadium can be configured upto 100,000 as well. If I were Jerry, I would configure the stadium to the maximum size. At least with more “fans”

Last Updated: Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Patriots are who we thought they were and we let them off the hook. We beat ourselves with the penalties, plain and simple. We fall to 5-1, but remain atop the NFC. Let’s regroup and look forward to the Vikings. Barber looked good, the defense was ok, but just gave up at the end. Sloppy tackling reared its ugly head, and with a team like the Patriots, you will lose that battle everytime. We need Terry Glenn back to give us the deep threat. That would have helped out in this game. Terry, help us!! Overall, I’m very disappointed in our lack of concentration. We should have won this game, but we can’t win them all, can we? BOXSCORE  Share

Last Updated: Sunday, October 14, 2007

WRITE IT DOWN! Penalties lost this game…stupid plays, stupid holding, just dumb play on the field all game long! forget it… Share

Last Updated: Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Cowboys have gotten in sync on both sides of the ball, especially the offense. Garrett’s ingame adjustments will carry over into the 2nd half. The defense needs to hunker down, as they are giving up 3rd downs. Marion Barber has been the man in the first half. Romo is on track for another solid game. Witten was snuffed out in the 1st Quarter, but has gotten open, and punishing the Patriots. On defense, Ellis is making his presence known, and Ware is terrorizing Brady. The Cowboys have had success in slowing down Randy Moss; however, Wes Welker has been hitting us hard. We need a better showing on defense in the 2nd half. We are very much in this game, and the Cowboys have seen what the Patriots are doing, and Garrett is figuring it out. Look for the game to stay close, but we need to cut the penalties out completely if we’re going to win this game. Let’s go Cowboys@ Share

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