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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium.

Cowboys survive another scare - NFC East Blog - ESPN
NFC East blogger Dan Graziano offers this level-headed assessment of the Cowboys' victory as he summarizes his initial thoughts on the game.

Miami came in as one of the hottest teams in the league, and while a victory over a team that's now 3-8 doesn't stand out as one of the sparkling achievements of their season, the Cowboys can feel good, for the second week in a row, about a win that didn't come easily but came nonetheless.

Romo, Cowboys know how to escape - ProFootballTalk
Gregg Rosenthal reflects on the "The Drive":

Romo authored a ridiculous nine-play, 77-yard drive to score a touchdown to start the fourth quarter. Romo extended plays, delivered passes while being hit, and threw on the run. Laurent Robinson continue his remarkable season with two touchdowns. It was the most impressive drive we saw all year.

Dallas Cowboys' disruptive defense wreaks havoc on Miami Dolphins' offensive line for four sacks - Palm Beach Post
The Cowboys defense got consistent push against the Dolphins' offensive line, recorded four sacks, five QB hits and batted down three passes at the line of scrimmage. They also totaled nine tackles for loss, despite DeMarcus Ware only recording half a tackle all night and one fumble recovery. Yet Ware's presence alone was enough to disrupt Miami's line.

"Those guys are big and quick and create a lot of problems," Dolphins QB Matt Moore said. "They're very good without 94 (Ware), then you add him to the mix and it's brutal."

Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer has big game against Miami - The Dallas Morning News
Spencer had a season-high eight tackles, three for a loss and also knocked down a Dolphins pass. Ryan had promised such a performance against the Redskins a week earlier, where Spencer recorded 'only' four tackles and, one for a loss, and four QB pressures.

"He played really well," Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware said of Spencer. "That's the Spencer that we love. I don't know how he gets back there, but he finds ways to make those tackles."

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Jason Witten Tackles Cowboys Cheerleader - SBNation.com
For anybody wondering whether a tackle out of bounds shouldn't be a penalty: Not if your tackling a Dallas Cowboy (and, by extension, a DC cheerleader)

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You can watch the full video by following this link to NFL.com. Tackled to the ground about ten yards out of bounds. No flag. Note that the yellow marker briefly visible at the beginning of the gif above signals the restricted zone and is six yards back from the line (Hat tip to slomotion80).

But you've got to wonder at NFL.com's choice of headline for the video: "Cheerleaders need pads now?" Really? C'mon, man.

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Can't criticize 2011 draft: Rookies help lead the way for Cowboys - The Dallas Morning News
David Moore writes that early returns on the 2011 rookie class are positive: DeMarco Murray, Dan Bailey and Tyron Smith all contributed significantly to the win against the Dolphins.

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Winner: Dallas. Dolphins red zone offense vs. Dallas red zone defense - Miami Herald
After 11 touchdowns in their last 14 red zone trips, the Cowboys held the Dolphins to zero TDs on their four trips to the red zone on Thursday.

Tony Sparano: 'Courageous' Tony Romo used 'street ball' in Cowboys' win - The Dallas Morning News

"Jason [Witten] and Tony kind of get into street ball a little bit when Tony gets on a run," Sparano said. "And that's the guy he finds, and it's been the guy he's found ever since the day the kid came in this league. The two of them have been out there on the field together so they did a great job."

"I mean, that's what he does," Sparano said. "It's not the first time I've seen Tony do that, and I've been part of him doing that. I mean, the guy made a couple of really courageous plays. He hung in there."

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Romo says he missed on first pick, miscommunication the problem on second - Star-Telegram
Romo said the throw to Martellus Bennett for his first interception was a little underthrown, and the second was the result of some miscommunication

"I just missed to Martellus by about a yard," Romo said. "If I just throw it more upfield, with a little more arm, the guy’s underneath it. I just missed. That was disappointing."

Laurent Robinson, the target on the second interception, confirmed the miscommunication and took the blame for the interception:

"I was supposed to stop right there, but I was reading something on the run, and I thought I was supposed to go deep. I made a bad play. I’ve got to do better and got to watch the film to see what happened and do better than that."

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Jason Witten delivers when it counts - ESPN Dallas
Witten did not catch a pass in the first half against the Dolphins, but his second half receptions were critical in getting the Cowboys in a position to win.

"I’m always preaching to the young guys, ‘Keep your poise, stay composed,’ " Witten said. "I had to stay with those words for most of the game, and it paid off right there at the end."

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Miles Austin, Mike Jenkins shoot for Dec. 4 return - ESPN Dallas
Miles Austin and Mike Jenkins are both aiming to make their return against the Cardinals on December 4. Jenkins has already missed four games, Austin has been out for three as both players struggled with hamstring injuries.

Jerry Jones: Fiammetta, Kitna could be out for season - ESPN Dallas
Jerry Jones acknowledged yesterday that the Cowboys do not know whether Jon Kitna (back) and Tony Fiammetta (undetermined illness) will be able to play again this season.