Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Cowboys play the Falcons in the Sunday night game. Here are some articles of interest to Dallas fans to read before kickoff.
The weather is of course a non-factor, with the game being played in the Georgia Dome, but it should be a nice evening if any of you are going to be planning on tailgating, with temperatures falling from about 70 during the evening. Oh, by the way, did you remember to set your clocks back?
"I know the record is not what we want it to be, but the ball is bouncing strange ways," he said. "When that thing starts evening out, we're going to be great, and we're going to keep playing. We've got to win this week, and we know it, and we're going to."
Well, he ain't shy about it.
Given that the Cowboys insisted that they didn't impose the rules on Bryant and that he imposed them on himself, it'll be interesting to see what happens next.
Anybody else a little confused? Well, so was I, until I found a more detailed explanation:
One of the conditions he must abide by is to be home by midnight, unless it's been pre-approved by (adviser David) Wells or the team.
Wells confirmed he approved for Bryant to hang out at a nightclub to celebrate his birthday, which is Nov. 4.
Happy Birthday, Dez.
Actually a good interview with Witten, and some good remarks about what he means to the Cowboys from Jason Garrett. Witten talks about the infamous spleen, going off against the Giants, and more.
Do you sense (Jerry Jones') patience is wearing thin?
There's no question there's a tremendous amount of urgency. But that's good when you have that type of urgency. It flows downhill and guys need that.
He talks about probably not coming back next year, which means he wouldn't taking a shot at breaking Jerry Rice's NFL record for career receptions.
While he has a ton of individual accolades, he has yet to experience a playoff win, which is what has kept him coming back in recent years but might not be enough to bring him back in 2013.
"If I don't win a playoff game it doesn't take away from my career as far as I'm concerned because the thing about football is this is not tennis, this is not golf," Gonzalez said. "It's a total team sport."
Short summary: Cowboys have advantage when either team runs, Falcons otherwise.
In addition to the issues Tony Romo faces, it also talks about the one area Matt Ryan has not excelled in.
But the fact remains that Ryan has yet to win in the postseason, losing first-round games to Arizona in the 2008 season, Green Bay in 2010, and the New York Giants last season.
Biggest one I see: Limit the mistakes.
In many ways, the Cowboys have been their own worst enemy. They have committed 11 more turnovers than they have forced. They have also been hit with 54 penalties - the fifth-highest total in the NFL. The Cowboys can't afford to commit these types of mistakes against Atlanta, one of the most disciplined teams in the league. No club has been flagged fewer times than the Falcons this season, and Atlanta has a plus-10 turnover differential.
Ernie Sims, this is your chance to shine.
The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to knock the Atlanta Falcons from the ranks of the undefeated, and if history is any indication, the Falcons' first loss could be beneficial to them in the end. Since 1991, the Cowboys are 3-0 against teams that are 7-0 or better. Moreover, each of those three teams that the Cowboys defeated went on to win the Super Bowl that season.
Hey, I'm sure the 'boys will be glad to help.
I hate to say it, but I'm probably with Nick Eatman on this:
I really don't know what to expect this week.
"(Tonight) will have a similar feel in the sense you know you're going against a great opponent who does a lot of things well, creates a lot of problems," Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said. "You can draw on, ‘What did you do as a team and individually to beat that opponent that day? What were some of the things you were successful with, the approach or certain fundamental thought that gave you a chance?'"
Whatever works. Just get the W.
He needs four catches to pass Michael Irvin.
Witten, who fittingly caught his first pass against the Falcons as a rookie, will be focused primarily on helping the Cowboys (3-4) win the game and save their season. But he can't help but be awed by the moment.
Dont' like this one:
2. More Romo interceptions: With DeMarco Murray out with a foot injury and Felix Jones nursing a bruised knee, the Cowboys are unlikely to ask youngsters Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar to shoulder heavy loads today. That's too bad for Dallas because Falcons linebacker and leading tackler Sean Witherspoon is out with a sprained ankle, a blow to a unit that's near the bottom of the league in rush defense.
The problem here is that Atlanta cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel are thriving in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's scheme, a big reason the Falcons are 10th in the league against the pass.
Even the good comes with a dark cloud surrounding it.
While clouds hang over the heads of youngsters plagued by either injuries (DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee), legal/family issues (Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith) or mistake-riddled play (Bryant), life for Claiborne and Carter just keeps getting better.
The Cowboys have their fingers crossed that quarterback Tony Romo will have another sterling November.
Since becoming a starter in 2006, Romo has gone 19-2 in November games. His only losses in the month occurred against Washington in 2006 and against Green Bay in 2009.
Pretty please. With sugar on top.