Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Top NFC East On Victory Friday

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: The Cowboys have sole posession of the NFC East lead; a halftime "pep talk" keyed the Cowboys' comeback victory; Sean Lee could be back against the Bears.

Jerry Jones: NFC East will come down to beating Eagles - Jon Machota, FSSouthwest
When asked about the possibility of winning the NFC East, Jones said he thinks it will come down to the regular season finale, a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL Playoff Picture: Dallas is No. 4 seed in NFC - CBSSports
CBS provides an overview of the current 2013 NFL Playoffs standings and wild card game schedule if the season ended today.

DeMarcus Ware said the Cowboys were upset at halftime, vowed not to be the same old team - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Ware recounts that there were a lot of upset people in the locker room at halftime. Not wanting to continue being an up-and-down team, the team came out and played their most complete second half of the season.

Tony Romo delivers despite illness - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas
Tony Romo fell ill on Wednesday night and was unable to keep down food on Thursday.

“He got sick last night and was throwing up,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Didn’t have a great look on his face from a physical standpoint. Looked a little drawn to me. We talked about the great Joe Montana story and the Cotton Bowl. We didn’t actually get him the chicken soup, but we tried to get a little drama going so he could respond to it. I think as much as anything else when he got out there I think he started feeling good, particularly on that drive before the half, and I think it carried into the second half.”

Cowboys defense avoided panic after first half, 'got our minds right' at halftime, Carr says - Travis Brown, Star-Telegram
Brandon Carr credits a little halftime "pep talk" for the second-half performance yesterday.

"A slow start doesn’t mean that is the way the game should go,” Carr said. “The second half, we came into the locker room, had a little pep talk. Guys got their minds right, and we went out there in the second half and tried to dominate.”

Cowboys stick to running tandem for success - Keith Whitmire, FSSouthwest
The Cowboys did not abandon the ground game and ended up with 144 yards rushing between Murray and Dunbar - the second-biggest rushing day of the season.

"Having a 1-2 punch like him and Murray just allows us to do some different things," Romo said. "At the end of the day you still need some holes sometimes, but the guys up front did a heck of a job doing that and those guys just used their abilities to do everything else."

Brandon Carr rebounds with late pick - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Brandon Carr struggled in the first half, but came of with a big play later.

“Just keep playing,” coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s the nature of the league, cornerbacks isolated out on islands. The quarterbacks and receivers in this league are good. The other guys, they’re going to win sometimes ... B-Carr just kind of hung in there and kept battling and eventually he made the play in the end zone. It was a big play for us.”

How the Cowboys run defense stuffed the Raiders - Brandon George, DMN
George writes that the Cowboys often loaded the tackle box against Oakland, daring inexperienced quarterback Matt McGloin to beat them with the pass. In their dime package, the Cowboys would Barry Church in the box, and that, coupled with strong performances by Kyle Wilber and Ernie Sims allowed the Cowboys to hold the Raiders to 50 yards rushing on 25 carries.

Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith 'one of best tackles in league' - ESPN Dallas
DeMarcus Ware thinks Smith is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and Romo adds that Smith has had a fantastic season.

Dunbar To Undergo MRI On Fri. After Breakout Night - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
Dunbar says he thinks he'll be alright, and with an 11-day break before the Chicago game, he likes his odds of "fighting through it" in time. The Cowboys have scheduled an MRI for his knee today anyway.

Bryant explains another fumble against Raiders Jon Machota, FSSouthwest
Dez Bryant explains that his fumble was a result of overthinking things.

"I can't be watching and be worrying about everything else, worrying about catching the ball and paying attention," Bryant said. "When I do that, that's when I screw up. I just got to go out there and play Dez. I just got to be Dez."

Cowboys survive Sean Lee's absence - Tim MacMahon - ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys defense struggled without Lee, but it looks like he'll be back for the Chicago game. Lee said he'd be “surprised” if he isn't ready to play in Monday Night game against the Bears. In the meantime, he's very complimentary of the guys who replaced him:

“You've got to give a ton of credit to a lot of these guys that stepped up, guys like Kyle Wilber and Ernie Sims,” said Lee, who played a critical role as a quasi-assistant coach the last couple of weeks, helping prepare Wilber and Sims to play new positions in the linebacker corps. “They've put a ton of work in. They've been unbelievable and a huge reason we've been able to win.”

The NFL's most popular owners - National Football Post
Jack Bechta, player agent and columnist for the NFP, looks at the five owners who players, coaches, scouts and front office execs love working for the most.

One of those top five guys is Jerry Jones: Whether you love or hate Jerry, or whether you think he is too hands on, his employees and players love him. He is fun, gregarious and extremely personal. He won’t hesitate to pick up the phone and ask a player if they need something. As busy as he is he still makes time for the little people and treats them well. His sincere competitiveness, respect for the game and the love of his Cowboys, is appreciated by all those around him.

The Truth Behind The Disappearance Of Cowboys Throwback Helmets - Mike Fisher, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
If you were wondering what all the fuss over the helmets was about yesterday, Mike Fisher has the lowdown: He argues that the Cowboys' traditional wearing of white 'throwback' helmets isn't football-driven; it's marketing driven. Similarly, the use of "alternate" helmets may look to be safety-driven but may be more PR-driven.

Cowboys to Play in London in Week 10 on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - NFL UK
For those of us with plans to attend the game, NFLUK has the ticket details on their site.

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