Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Brian Waters Ready Soon, Marinelli's Magic Line, Romo Okay

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: The home crowd gets some love, Brian Waters may start against the Chiefs, Tony Romo seems to be okay, and the defensive line played very well.

Postgame News & Notes

Romo Praises AT&T Crowd - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
Here's something you probably haven't heard very often:

"I just want to say that’s as good as I’ve seen our home stadium. The crowd was exceptional," Romo said. "They were outstanding from the moment we started until the end of the football game. If they continue to do that, this is going to be a tough place to play."

Dallas Cowboys offensive line turns in mixed performance and changes could be in store - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin writes that the line "did well at times while experiencing its share of struggles as well," and that leads him to conclude - wait for it - that Brian Waters could play next week. I know, right, what an unexpected, and shocking, turn of events.

DeMarcus Ware's first-play interception another one of his 'casually unbelievable' plays, says Sean Lee - Carlos mendez, Star-Telegram
And Jason Hatcher adds to Lee's praise of Ware:

"Most guys would have run upfield, but he read the screen," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. "Unbelievable. But you know, you expect stuff like that from D-Ware. He’s just a freak. He makes big plays. That’s what he does. You know what kind of guy he is. He’s a future Hall of Famer."

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Safety Barry Church gets boxing gloves after Dallas Cowboys' win - Calvin Watkins, ESPN
Church led the team with seven solo tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on Sunday, and received a set of boxing gloves from the team as a recognition of his great effort.

Jerry Jones: Harris Turned In MVP Performance On Special Teams - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
In his grammatically meandering way, Jerry Jones praised Dwayne Harris for a standout performance on special teams:

"From my standpoint, maybe in the top games that I’ve seen played because of what he did on special teams was No. 17, Harris. He was just outstanding," Jones said. "They couldn’t seem to block him and he was in on not only the big play but he was in on the tackles early."

Dallas run game lacks production - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins is hung up on the run/ pass balance.

Monday Presser: Impressions From Giants Win, Garrett Looks To KC - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
Helman offers a summary of yesterday's press conference, which includes this nugget:

Garrett was asked about the Cowboys’ use of the pistol formation, which puts a running back behind the quarterback in a slight tweak of the shotgun formation. Garrett said the formation gives defenses less of an idea of what the offense plans to do with its running back. "We probably started running it about five years ago, but we’ve never used it as extensively as we did last night."

Marinelli magic: Patchwork line dominates - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys' defensive line "was a dominant force," writes MacMahon and points out that the four DL starters received the highest grades from PFF of all Cowboys players (Ware: 5.4, Hatcher: 4.2, Selvie: 3.4, Hayden: 2.7).

"Man, they did an awesome job," said Hatcher, who had a sack and a hurry. "Hayden just had a monster game. Selvie came in and a few guys came in off the street. Long came in like yesterday and spared us a few plays."

"When you have leaders on the D-line, it’s easy to bring guys in and show them the way. Hats off to those guys, man. They did a tremendous job coming in off the street and doing what they do."

Young D-Linemen Shine In Win Against Giants - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Previously largely unknown players like Nick Hayden, George Selvie, Landon Cohen, Jerome Long and Edgar Jones get a lot of love from Broaddus, who writes that this group of unknowns provided "provide enough quality snaps for Monte Kiffin to run his scheme." Score one for the Pro Personnel Department.

Dallas Cowboys look for early season momentum - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
"Momentum, shmomentum," says the statistician. Last year, the Cowboys won the opener in "an emotional win," writes Archer, then lost the second game. This year the Cowboys' season opener was also "an emotional win," which means the second game will be a ...

They Said It: Players, Coaches Sound Off After Sunday's Game - DallasCowboys.com
Nice collection of post-game quotes put together by the DC.com staff.

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Injury News

Tony Romo Injury: X-Rays Come Back Negative For Cowboys QB - Blogging The Boys
There was concern over Tony Romo's ribs after he took a big hit in Sunday night's game. But after X-rays today, Romo appears to be fine.

Dez Bryant appears to be most serious of Cowboys injuries with a sprained foot - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Bryant sprained his left foot last night, but was able to return to the game. According to Hill, Bryant has not been ruled out for the Chiefs game and insisted he'll play on Sunday.

Still no guarantees that Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer plays Week 2 - Jon Machota, DMN
Here we go, the official Week 2 countdown for Anthony Spencer has begun.

Source: Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne expected to play against Kansas City - David Moore, DMN
Claiborne missed some time in yesterday's game with a dislocated shoulder, but according to Moore, a source says the cornerback should be ready for the game against the Chiefs.

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This is where we get to gloat

Giants need better plan than 'Save us, Eli' - Dan Graziano, ESPN New York Giants Blog
Apparently, a diffuse sense of hope passes for a strategy in New York.

"Even after three hours of repeatedly coughing up the ball, the New York Giants sat on the sideline here at AT&T Stadium in the fourth quarter feeling very good about the sight of Eli Manning trotting back onto the field."

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About Last Weekend: Shrunk-Down Giants - Grantland
Turnovers don't get you a lot of love from the sharp-tongued crowd:

In a Sunday night NFC East battle, the Dallas Cowboys forced six turnovers en route to a 36-31 win over the New York Giants. Eli Manning was dejected after the game, saying, "I haven't had that many turnovers since Peyton was like, 'Eli, eat all of mom's turnovers before Archie gets back from work. He'll think it's so funny.'" Eli shook his head, and added sadly, "He didn't. Old man didn't even notice. No one ever notices Eli. No one'll ever care about Eli."

Coughlin on Giants faking injuries: Absolutely not true - New York Daily News
Of course not.

Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee will try out for New York Giants, source says - ESPN New York
The Giants will hold tryouts for free-agent running backs Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee tomorrow following David Wilson's two-fumble performance, according to ESPN.

Big Blue Morning: New York Giants start 0-1 again - Dan Graziano, ESPN New York
You can read the rest of Graziano's fine article if you want to, but this is really all you need to know:

The news of the day: For the second year in a row, the Giants have started out with a Week 1 loss to the division-rival Dallas Cowboys.

Daily Blitz (9/9): What they’re saying: Giants vs. Cowboys - Giants.com
Another summary of post-game quotes, but this time they're mostly about the Giants and are put together by the Giants.com staff.

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