Dallas Cowboys News: Do Cowboys Still Have A Shot At The East?

Coach Garrett and the Cowboys look forward to hosting the Seahawks on Sunday.

Cowboys have reason to be optimistic in NFC East race - NFL.com
Brian Billick looks at the NFC East schedule for the next four weeks and comes to the conclusion that Dallas still has a shot at winning the NFC East.

The Best And Worst NFL Owners - Forbes
Forbes analyzed both the on-field and the financial performance of each NFL franchise to determine who the best owners in the NFL are. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones comes in at number five.

The race to 23: Ware vs. Allen - NFL.com
Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware are on pace to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5, set in 2001. Will either guy do it? Five NFL.com analysts weigh in and like the chances of Strahan's record being broken in today's pass-heavy NFL.

Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware on pace for record-breaking 27-sack season - The Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys' team record is held by Harvey Martin with 23 sacks in 1977, though sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982. Martin also leads the team in total career sacks with 114 career, with Jim Jeffcoat's 94.5 sacks being the post 1982-record. Ware currently has 92 sacks and will likely overtake Jeffcoat soon.

Tony Romo on Dez Bryant's sideline outbursts: "There is never a negative emotion'' - The Dallas Morning News

"Dez is great,'' Romo said. "His emotion, there is never a negative emotion that comes from it. It's just positive consistently."

"He's just a kid who loves playing the game. He's passionate. But there is never any malice or anything negative involved. Cameras can catch whatever they want, he is never mean to another person or anything like that. He just wants to win and he's excited about being out there playing."

"We're lucky to have him.''

Troy Aikman sees a lot of Michael Irvin's personality in Dez Bryant - SportsDayDFW
Troy Aikman joined KTCK-AM on Thursday and had this to say about Bryant and Irvin:

There are often times comparisons between him and Michael Irvin. I think some of those comparisons are fair in the fact that they do want the ball on every play. Michael used to say to me, "Troy, I don’t care if there’s three guys on me, just throw it up." And I said, "Mike, I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to throw it to you if there’s three guys on you because that means somebody else doesn’t have anyone on them." But he said, "Hey, I won’t let you down." And I think Dez Bryant is that same type of player, and if it becomes a distraction, then you’ve got to deal with that. But I don’t know that it’s become a distraction, I don’t believe that it has been. I think everyone understands what this guy’s about, and they knew that right from the beginning.

Lack of vertical throws product of poor line play, lack of chances rather than reeling in Romo - Star-Telegram
Clarence Hill writes that the recent decline in the number of vertical throws is not so much a result of the Cowboys reigning in Romo, but much more about adjusting for an inexperienced and banged up line, the lack of opportunities and a heavier emphasis on the run game.

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Lee fitted for a cast, but no guarantee he'll play Sunday - Star-Telegram
Sean Lee was fitted with a cast yesterday to protect his dislocated wrist, as the injury was too swollen to do it before. That makes it unlikely he'll play Sunday against the Seahawks. Charean Williams also writes that Bradie James and Keith Brooking will fill in for Lee, but the Cowboys also are trying to get second-round pick Bruce Carter familiar enough with the defense to get him some snaps on Sunday to spell the veterans.

Mat McBriar's foot isn't getting better - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas
McBriar attempted a few punts during Wednesday's practice, but said the nerve damage in his left (non-kicking) foot hasn't improved at all. The Cowboys might call up Chris Jones on short notice if McBriar's situation doesn't improve.

Kosier returns to practice - Star-Telegram
Kyle Kosier had missed practice on Wednesday for the first time this season, as he rested the plantar fascia injury in his left foot. He did return to practice on Thursday but was limited. Kosier said he was fine and will play against the Seahawks. Derrick Dockery would get the start at right guard if Kosier isn't able to play.

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Ask Blogging The Boys, Your SBN Cowboys Blog - Field Gulls
BTB member TARHEEL PAUL took a cyber trip to Seattle and is answering questions on the Seahawks blog. And he's doing it quite well, so go over there and check it out.

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