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Jaime Aron decides to give Julius Jones a little love in this article.

Jones set a high standard early in his career. In just his third game, he rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a Thanksgiving game against his big brother, Thomas, then the next week had a 198-yard, three-TD performance on a Monday night.

Tony Dorsett showed up in the locker room to give Jones a player of the week award. Because of Jones' size, there were inevitable comparisons to Emmitt Smith. Talk of him joining the Dorsett-Smith lineage quickly followed.

The high-ankle sprain and less than stellar blocking took care of that kind of talk last year. But JJ has re-emerged this year as a dependable, feature back. Now do this for the next decade, and JJ will enter the Dorsett-Smith lineage.

You never like to hear a defense talk this way about your QB.

"The reason you get excited when you play a guy like Drew Bledsoe -- a great quarterback and you know if he gets time he's going to find somebody open -- is he's not very mobile," [Texan's Anthony] Weaver said. "For a defensive lineman, you lick your chops, pin your ears back and go after him, because you know he's not going to run away from you. Yeah, you get excited."

Chris Collingsworth jumps into the Bledsoe vs. Romo debate. (Yeah, I know, I can't believe I'm actually linking to Collingsworth either).

Playing Romo, instead of Bledsoe, would also open up the Cowboys' playbook. They have eliminated almost every play in their offense that wasn't a straight dropback. Romo's mobility would allow them to run more rollouts, which could take some of the pressure off the offensive line. They could also send their talented tight ends, Jason Witten and Anthony Fasano, out on pass routes more, rather than having to use them to help out the offensive tackles.

On the other hand, making a change at quarterback right now may be a make-or-break move. If Romo fails, it might cost them the season. It would be tough to turn back to Bledsoe at that point and expect the team to still have confidence in him, as a player and a leader. For some coaches, it might be worth the risk to get the young quarterback some experience for the future, but there's a good chance that this is Parcells' last year in Dallas. He is only interested in what gives him the best shot at winning a Super Bowl this year.

Nice effort by Todd Archer.

After losing to the Jaguars, the Cowboys were overrated. Then they beat Washington at home and all is well in the world again. That was followed by an easy win at Tennessee, doing what good teams do to bad teams, and they looked like contenders.

Heading to Philly, the Cowboys had a shot. The Eagles were beaten up. They had not played vs. solid competition. And there was the T.O. factor. But it didn't work. The Cowboys played as badly as they could and still came within 6 yards of tying the score.

This week has reminded me of Animal House, where Kevin Bacon is screaming at the end, "All is well" as chaos erupted in the streets.

Bill Parcells is playing Bacon's role this week.


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