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JJT is all about one of the crucial matchups on Sunday.

We find out this week where Terence Newman and Anthony Henry rank among the elite cornerbacks in the NFL.

They're each playing for the Pro Bowl this week.

Containing Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne - nobody shuts them down - means quarterback Peyton Manning won't be going crazy and Newman and Henry will prove they're deserving of all the accolades they received in training camp.

Don't be surprised if the Cowboys have the speedy Newman shadow Harrison, while Henry gets matched up with the bigger, more physical Wayne.


I don't know about Anthony Henry being pro-bowl material this year, he's been part of the problem in the secondary this year. The guy has shown he can be very good, for the first-half of the season last year - before he was hurt - he was in contention for our defensive MVP. This year, not so much.

I thought this was interesting, not so much for the T.O. angle, but for Terry Glenn after the Washington game.

Q: Deep down, does T.O. really care if the Cowboys win or not? Which guys take losing the hardest?

TAYLOR: Absolutely, T.O. wants to win. Part of the reason he screams at coaches on the sideline is because he wants the ball because he thinks he can help the team win. Most of the players take losing hard because they put so much effort into each game. I would say the guy who visibly appears to take losing the hardest is Greg Ellis. I remember times he would sit at his locker in his uniform for 45 minutes after a tough loss. Terry Glenn did that after the Washington loss. But just because guys don't look like they're about to cry doesn't mean they don't ache when the team loses.

Some dude over at MSNBC says it's all about the Cowboys on Sunday.

Forget the Colts and their 9-0 record. This week's game is all about the Cowboys. It's Dallas that has everything on the line this week when Peyton Manning visits Texas.

He also thinks Parcells will be betting the ponies next year if the Cowboys don't reach the playoffs.

Todd Archer is talking shotgun.

The Cowboys do it because Romo thrives in the shotgun.

In the formation, he has completed 17 of 26 passes for 271 yards. His yards per attempt is a staggering 10.42, compared with 7.0 for Bledsoe, who is 7-of-13 for 91 yards.

Eleven of Romo's completions have gone for first downs and four have been for 25 yards or more.


Archer also reminds me of something I meant to write about in my film review of the Cardinals game, but ending up leaving out. The Cowboys were using 5-wide and 4-wide sets more than usual on Sunday. The good news is Romo can make them work, whereas Bledsoe was a disaster waiting to happen.
The Cowboys went with an empty-backfield formation eight times against the Cardinals and used a three-wide receiver formation 19 times. Tight end Jason Witten lined up wide seven times.

By spreading the formations, Romo is able to make a better pre-snap read of the defense because it has to declare whether it is going to play man-to-man or zone.

Romo's elusiveness is also helped by the shotgun. He was able to slide-step a blitzing Robert Griffith on Sunday and throw a 34-yard dart to Patrick Crayton.

Here's an article about the Colts and their regular season prowess and their postseason woes.

What the Colts learned last year was that a quest for perfection only gets lost if you don't produce in the playoffs.
So the Colts returned this season ready to make amends.