Dallas unveiled the team's five NFL Championship banners for the first time since the new stadium opened in Arlington last week. It's been a long time since the last one. The Cowboys are still trying to establish if they are contenders or pretenders this year, and we are going to be watching this one to see if we can figure a little of that out.
It seems as if the roof is never opened at Cowboys Stadium, but this looks like a nice night for it. The weather is going to be mostly clear around kickoff with the temperature in the low seventies to the upper sixties. For tailgaters, it should be a great evening to get ready for the action.
There is a lot of news out about the game, of course, so I've put together my weekly selection of article for you to read as you pass the time before kickoff, presented in no particular order.
"It's going to be big if we can get it after 16 weeks, that would be good," Ryan said. "We're happy where we are. The guys have been working hard. We're not ashamed of being No. 1, that's where you want to be."
"I don't know," said Austin, who finished the 2010 season with 10 drops, fifth in the NFL. "I think it's for me personally, you've got to stay focus and continue to work each and every day in every aspect of your game whether its catching or route running."
McCray, the Cowboys' special teams' captain, could get his first start Monday against Chicago with Barry Church out for the year with an Achilles injury.
"I think I'm about as ready as I can be," McCray said. "I've been practicing well, studying, looking at a lot of film, getting on the same page as my teammates. I feel like I'm ready to go."
''They are an outstanding defense. They really are. It starts with those guys up front. ... They don't do an incredible amount of blitzing, but they still provide pressure as much as any team,'' Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. ''They play the right way. They play with a relentless spirit.''
The article also has some good things to say about the Dallas D as well.
Jerry's Cowboys are America's Joke | Fox Sports - Hater Column of the Week
For every football fan desperate to buy a fresh pair of panties before settling into a stadium seat for an NFL game, this is your lucky day.
Always at the forefront of idiocracy, the Dallas Cowboys plan to open a Victoria's Secret "PINK" store at JerryWorld.
Never understood why being a marketing genius billionaire means you can't also run a winning team in some people's minds. Oh, well, the article has a picture of Victoria's Secret models, so you're going to click anyway. You know you are.
There are other distinct similarities as well between the quarterbacks, from the number of games started - Cutler has 81 starts, and Romo 80 - to the number of playoff victories at one each. Both lead teams that are 2-1 this season despite their own somewhat underwhelming individual performances, though they might not be solely to blame for those.
As the article also mentions, the two teams look like each other as well.
Beautiful because the Cowboys pushed their record to 2-1, moving themselves into a three-way tie for first in the NFC East despite rushing for only 38 yards, converting just 31 percent of their 16 third-down opportunities, scoring just one touchdown now in each of the past two games and looking up to discover they rank next to last in scoring.
"You just play the position," Romo said. "It's part of playing quarterback in the National Football League. Sometimes people are going to hit you. They're good players on that side. Guys up front are battling. It's always going to be tough, because you're always going against a new defensive line, a new scheme, so that part of it makes it a great challenge for our guys. So that's what makes it fun."
Fun. He calls it "fun".
"He's done a lot to get his body right over the course of the offseason and through training camp," Garrett said Saturday before the final practice of the week ahead of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. "He's gotten an opportunity to play, and he's shown up. He's shown that he can play more snaps than he has in the past."
"We can keep both those guys (Sean Lee and Bruce Carter) in because most people have liability in coverage," Ryan said. "These guys excel in coverage. We like to keep both of them out there as much as possible. They've been doing a great job."
Five out of eight pick da Bears. And the why is because they are also haters. At least in my opinion.
Quarterback Tony Romo has tabled negotiations on a contract extension with the Cowboys until the season is over so the process won't become a distraction.
The Cowboys recently reached out to Romo's representatives at Creative Artists Agency, owner Jerry Jones said, in regard to a contract extension.
The Cowboys' offensive line resembled a sieve the last two games. Against Seattle and Tampa Bay, defenders routinely crashed the backfield. Quarterback Tony Romo has been sacked five times in the last eight quarters and hit on 10 other occasions. It's uncertain if the punishment has had a cumulative effect on Romo's performance. But it's not good.
Hint: Advantage, defense.
After a strong 2012 debut in which he rushed for 131 yards against the New York Giants, running back DeMarco Murray has been shackled in recent weeks. In the last two games, he has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and has been afforded little room to maneuver.
New set of hands for Bailey:Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey will have a new holder tonight, his fourth in just two seasons.
Could be important if the game is as close as most expect.