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Dallas Cowboys Headlines: The Cowboys 'Army of Receivers', A Newer Smarter Team And More

Stopping Cowboys receivers is key to stopping Lions' road skid - Detroit News
These days Roy Williams is the third receiver in one of the best three-receiver sets in the league. When asked about Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Williams, Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham apparently let out a long sigh and said: "Their receivers, I mean, they are like an army. They are all big and fast and they all get up the field. There isn't much of a short passing game. I was telling some people, they are like the Raiders of the South. They believe in the vertical game. They will throw it up every chance they get."

Cowboys new team under new coach Jason Garrett - Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Free Press highlights how the The Cowboys have lost five games by a touchdown or less, maintains that the Cowboys are a highly talented team and despite being tucked in a dysfunctional slumber for the season's first two months are now showing signs of life under Coach Garrett.

Dallas Cowboys are playing it smarter - Star-Telegram
Jan Hubbard wonders whether the Cowboys have finally gotten away from playing "dumb football", and he quotes the numbers to support it: In their first five games of the season, they were surrendering 82.8 yards per game to the opposition on penalties. In the past four games, they have given up an average of 40.5 yards.

Key to Kitna's success in Romo's place: Find No. 88 -
Jon Kitna has figured out the secret to the success of Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman: Throw to No. 88.

Austin happy to see Bryant get the ball - Foxsportssouthwest
Receiver controversy? Not in Dallas, where Miles Austin said he’d throw Dez Bryant the ball too if he were quarterback.

A closer look at the Rookie of the Year race: Does Cowboys' Bryant have an edge over Rams' Bradford? - The Dallas Morning News
With seven weeks remaining in the NFL season, there seems to be a debate over whether Bryant or Bradford is leading the Rookie race. Both Bradford and Bryant have more than exceeded expectations and would be worthy recipients of the award, but Bradford at this point looks like the more likely candidate.

Defensive system remains in place with a few tweaks for Cowboys - Houston Chronicle
Paul Pasqualoni is not overhauling what the Cowboys did under Phillips. It is still the same system Phillips built and tweaked through 30 years of coaching, but Coach P is blitzing less and playing more zone in an effort to "present as many looks as you possibly can for a quarterback."

Taylor: Why practicing in pads could be a hit with Cowboys - Dallas Morning News
JJT writes that among the many changes Garret has made during the 13 days he’s been the Cowboys’ coach, none has had a bigger impact than making the players wear full pads on Wednesdays.

Cowboys look to build momentum vs. Lions - Yahoo! Sports
The Cowboys are no longer the same miserable group that they were when they played at home a few weeks ago. A second straight win would show tremendous progress for a club that seemed to have given up under Phillips. It would show that last weekend’s victory wasn’t a fluke, that the changes Garrett has implemented weren’t just a one-week boost but the start of a bigger turnaround.

Grudge Match: Lions-Cowboys - ESPN Dallas
Bryan Broaddus looks at the key matchups for today's Lions-Cowboys game: Cowboys center and guards vs. the Lions DTs, Cowboys receivers vs. Lions CB Smith and Cowboys secondary vs. Megatron.

Detroit Lions, Cowboys share mutual respect despite their losing records -
The winner of today's game will have validation that they're better than their 2-7 record shows, while the loser will be left to wonder where it all went wrong. The article also features extensive quotes by Bobby Carpenter.

Giants owner on the New Meadowlands blackout - Shutdown Corner
"If I'd have known it would have ended like this, I would have kept the lights off." - New York Giants co-owner, John Mara, to the New York Daily News, after his team's embarrassing 33-20 loss to the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys.

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