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Dallas Cowboys News Heading Into The Redskins Game

Dallas has looked strong now that Romo is healthy - Tulsa World
The AP's Jamie Aron offers this little nugget: In his last two games, Tony Romo has had zero interceptions and zero sacks. No other quarterback has been able to that this season, and it's the first time Romo's pulled this off in his career.

Offensive line wins Madden award - Star-Telegram
And the winner in the category 'Awards You've Never Heard Of': The Dallas Cowboys O-line. Every week, John Madden apparently selects one offensive line as the week's top performing unit. This week, Madden bestowed this prestigious honor on our Yuglies.

The Positive Stats Going into This Week's Game vs Cowboys - Hogs Haven
Our friends over at Hogs Haven put together a 10-point bullet list yesterday listing everything POSITIVE they could find heading into Sunday's game. Only two out of the ten points are actually about the Redskins.

Terence Newman is peaking at the right time for the Cowboys - Star-Telegram
Newman played (badly) last year with a torn rib cartilage, then missed large parts of training camp with a groin injury. And to literally add insult to injury, he watched live as the Cowboys almost signed Nnamdi.

Fully healthy again, the 33-year old veteran of nine NFL seasons is quietly having one of his best seasons as a Cowboy, already notching four interceptions in his seven games played, one away from his career high. In addition to being healthy, the depth at the corner spot (I never thought I'd write something like that about the Cowboys anytime soon) has also been a help for Newman:

"Now I think he's feeling good, and he's fresh," secondary coach Dave Campo said. "Us being able to rotate our corners in there, he's only playing about 40 plays a game, which for him is perfect. That's a plus because he's made a lot of plays after play No. 40 or 45, as opposed to last year."

Big Change For Romo This Time vs. Redskins -
Tony Romo shares his thoughts on what is different this time versus the last time the Cowboys played the Redskins in week three:

"I don’t have broken ribs now . . . so that’s a positive," Romo said. "Just feels good. You get used to playing hurt but it’s just a little different. I just feel much better," Romo said. "I’m not trying to make excuses towards anything. If you’re out there, you’re healthy enough to play. But I definitely feel better."

Punter Chris Jones re-signed to practice squad - ESPN Dallas
Chris Jones cleared waivers yesterday, and the Cowboys promptly re-signed him to the practice squad. For now, Jones remains an insurance policy in case McBriar's recovery does not proceed as planned.

New Role For Felix Could Include KOs? -
Felix Jones was was returning kickoffs on Thursday in practice, along with Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Kevin Ogletree. This leads Nick Eatman to speculate that Jones might see action on Sunday as a kick returner, especially since DeMarco Murray is likely to remain in the starting lineup.

OL coach: Tyron Smith has Larry Allen-type talent - ESPN Dallas
Hudson Houck is excited about Tyron Smith, and and thinks Smith is a talented a player as he's ever seen:

"Now Larry Allen had a lot of talent, so we’re talking about some pretty high standards here," said Houck, a 29-year NFL coaching veteran. "He has a tremendous amount of talent and I think what is mostly important with him, he really wants to be good. After every practice, it’s, ‘Coach, will you help me on this?’ He wants extra work after every single practice. This guy is going to be eventually a very good football player."

Cowboys' Hudson Houck: Fixing Doug Free like fixing a golf swing - The Dallas Morning News
To anybody that was watching Doug Free in the first couple of games this season it was obvious that Free wasn't playing at the level we had seen from him in 2010. More recently, he has been playing a lot better.

"Yeah he is playing better," offensive line coach Hudson Houck said. "He is more consistent on his pass protection. His run blocking is fine. He gets down field. He finishes blocks. He was was struggling with his pass sets. We identified some problems. It's like your golf swing. All of a sudden you are like 'The ball is going over there, why is it going over there? It never used to go over there'. Then you have to get on the practice range and work on it until you get it back straight. I think that is the case with him.''

Redskins vs. Cowboys: 5 Questions - Washington Times
Two of those questions jump out: 1. Will the Redskins cross the goal line? The Redskins have scored only one TD in their last three games. 2. Can they run the ball? They haven't rushed for more than 100 yards in any game in their five-game losing streak.

Redskins notes: Landry calls pain 'manageable' - Washington Examiner
Darn it: Redskins safety LaRon Landry said he’s going to play Sunday, despite missing his second straight day of practice because of a sore Achilles. Landry missed seven games in 2010 due to the same injury.

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