Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: NFL Analysts Still Favor Cowboys To Win NFC East

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Four out of five NFL.com analysts pick the Cowboys to win an "underwhelming" NFC East, Brandon Carr feels "humbled" by Sunday's loss, and the Cowboys are no afraid of making further lineup changes.

Who will rise in the underwhelming NFC East? - NFL.com
Five NFL analysts present their thoughts on who can get it together enough to win the division. Four out of five pick the Cowboys:

  • Judy Battista: "The Cowboys are the best of a bad bunch."
  • Charley Casserly: "The Cowboys are the most balanced team in the division."
  • Bucky Brooks: "The Dallas Cowboys remain the team to beat in the NFC East."
  • Adam Rank: "The Washington Redskins will win the NFC East."
  • Jason Smith: "[Cowboys] are the most complete of all the teams."

Cowboys would be wise to hold onto that humble feeling - Tom Orsborn, MySA.com
Until they win games like the one they lost on Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to stay humble, Orsborn concludes after leading with the following quote from Brandon Carr:

"…The mood is back to being humble, so to speak. We’re humble people, but you take a loss like that, it kind of brings you back down to reality, back down to earth. That’s good for us."

Brandon Carr admits Cowboys on roller coaster - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys' biggest challenge is finding consistency, according to Carr, who feels humbled by the loss on Sunday.

"It makes your stomach hurt," Carr said. "It gets your emotions and everything into it, it's just not a good feeling. We have too many good ballplayers, good coaches, just overall a good program, a good organization and we should be winning these games. It's tough to win on the road, but the good teams get the job done and we have to find a way to look within ourselves and get the job done."

Upon Further Review: Cowboys Week 4 - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer reviews four hot issues from the Cowboys' 30-21 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, and starts with a take on the running game that's bound to ruffle a few feathers:

The easy thing to do after a game is look at the final stats and say something like, "The Cowboys should have run it more."

However, the Cowboys did not have the ball enough in the second half to continue to make a dent with the running game. They were down two scores by the time they had their third possession of the second half, and running it made no sense.

Cowboys not afraid to make lineup changes - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer writes that the Cowboys are very willing to make changes to their roster, as evidenced by J.J. Wilcox and Brian Waters becoming starters, and by replacing Bruce Carter with Ernie Sims on Sunday.

Coaches Evaluating Sims & Carter For LB Spot Vs. Denver - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
Garrett said he wanted to give Sims "some chances" after Carter had "a little bit of a foot injury" (and had allowed two TD catches). Garrett wouldn't commit to either Sims or Carter for the game against the Broncos, only saying that the Cowboys would "continue the evaluation" of both players.

Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant deserves targets in double coverage - Jon Machota, FSSouthwest
Stephen Jones says that because of his "special" play-making ability, Dez Bryant deserves to be targeted even when double covered.

Dez Bryant: 'It's not all about me' - Jon Machota, FSSouthwest
Bryant had "only" six catches for 81 yards. And two touchdowns. Should he have been targeted more often?

"It's not all about me," Bryant said. "This is a team. Y'all need to know that. We're going to do what we need to do, and we're going to keep getting stronger, and we're going to get better. We're going to get better each and every week. That's our goal."

Bryant added: "We got too much talent on this team. That's the great thing about it. Everybody can make a play. Everything went well. We all as one, just got to continue to try to execute the best way we possibly can."

Claiborne playing with both poor technique and low confidence, Garrett says - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Garrett calls it like he sees it.

Former Penn State LB Sean Lee's monster day ends on sour note - Pennlive.com
Lee had a career day against the Chargers with 18 tackles (15 solo), one TFL and an interception he returned for a touchdown. But it wasn't enough to pull off a win.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has hope for Miles Austin this week - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Garrett is optimistic that Austin might be able to play against the Broncos, as Austin has begun running again over the last few days.

Denver's Peyton Manning might be able to play this one by memory - LA Times.com
Peyton Manning doesn't face the Dallas Cowboys too often, but he likely won't be surprised by what he sees from their defense. The Dallas defense is coordinated by Monte Kiffin, who popularized the Tampa-2 scheme with Manning's former coach Tony Dungy. Manning practiced against it for seven years.

Former Cowboys quarterback Bernie Kosar pleads not guilty to drunken driving charge - DMN
How on earth does Bernie Kosar warrant a "former Cowboys" headline? The guy played almost nine years in Cleveland, three in Miami and started one game for the Cowboys. He was arrested in Cleveland and is being charged in Cleveland.


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