Dallas Cowboys Headlines: Tony Romo Finds His Voice

Jason Witten will once again be a key factor in the Lions game on Sunday.

Cowboys' Romo finds his voice - San Antonio Express News
QB Coach Wade Wilson credits the offseason and the lockout with Romo assuming a more assertive and vocal leadership style. Funny how a few seconds of MNF coverage showing Romo shouting at his fellow players can change national perception. Along the same lines:

Stop bashing Romo: Cowboys QB can flat-out play - NFL.com
Elliot Harrison writes that the Cowboys QB has done more than enough to silence the critics once and for all. Amazing what two weeks can do to the public perception of a guy who's been a starter in the league since 2006.

Cowboys practice with noise in preparation for.... a home game - Star Telegram
After center Phil Costa had four bad snaps in the home opener against the Redskins, the Cowboys had artificial noise piped in at practice to try and simulate game conditions, a practice that had previously been reserved for road-game preparations.

In this context, it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Romo has a better road record than home record. He's 21-11 in away games and 19-12 in home games.

Refs playing favorites? C'mon, Vick - FOX Sports
Michael Vick says he's not getting a fair shake from the refs? Mike Pereira doesn't agree, and has the numbers to prove it. But wait, who's the guy at the bottom of the list who doesn't get any roughing the passer penalties at all? That's right, the guy who actually played with a broken bone.

Cowboys' Bryant expected to face Lions, Romo to play with vest - San Antonio Express-News
The Cowboys are optimistic receiver Dez Bryant will play Sunday even after he missed practice Thursday with a lingering thigh injury. Despite making steady progress in his recovery from a fractured rib, quarterback Tony Romo said he will again wear a protective Kevlar vest Sunday and possibly take another pain-killing injection before the game.

Lions will look to negate Cowboys' passing game - Detroitlions.com
The Cowboys' passing game currently ranks third in the league in passing yards per game with 334.3. The Lions' defense currently ranks fourth in passing yards per game and second in pass yards per play. The Lions' secondary will face arguably their biggest test this season so far.

That's all nice and well, but it neglects the biggest matchup of the game: Optimus Ryan vs. Megatron.

DeMarcus Ware's the triggerman for the Dallas defense - The Detroit News
"Is there a better player than that guy right now on defense?" offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.. "I have a hard time finding one that affects the game like he does." The Dallas defense ranks first in the NFC (fifth in the NFL) in total defense (288 yards), second in the NFL against the run (61) and first in the league in sacks (13).

Free says his play has been "pretty average," thinks he's "a little rusty" - Star-Telegram
Left tackle Doug Free says his performance has been "pretty average" so far, but that he and the rest of the offensive line are going to get better with time.

Wes Phillips has seen his role grow with Dallas Cowboys - Pro Football Weekly
PFW have a nice profile article on Wes Phillips, Wade's son, who remained with the Cowboys despite seeing his father fired. Wes is now the Assistant Offensive Line Coach, where he has now found a mentor in Hudson Houck, who is teaching him the fine points of OL play.

Detroit Lions have injury advantage over Dallas Cowboys so far - MLive.com
Barring some massive injuries at Friday's practice, Detroit will be in much better shape than Dallas. The Lions are looking at three guys who are virtual locks not to play, while according to the team's depth chart, seven Dallas starters are dealing with injuries.

National writers picking Lions over Cowboys - Detroit Free Press
If you read this headline and thought, you know, a bunch of national writers would reveal their pick, no such luck. It's just Florio and Rosenthal from PFT, who both pick the Lions. Duh.

13 with Cowboys ties among Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012 preliminary nominees - The Dallas Morning News
13 former Cowboys players, coaches and staff members are preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Of the group, the most likely candidates for induction are probably Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Charles Haley.

Redskins' Jim Haslett defends blitz that backfired against Cowboys - The Dallas Morning News
On Thursday, the Redskins were still talking about last week's game. Oh well...

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