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Cowboys @ Buccaneers: What Players & Coaches Are Saying (Offensive Edition)

Sammy Morris, 53 yards on 12 carries.
Sammy Morris, 53 yards on 12 carries.

Romo's three touchdown passes help 'Boys blast Bucs, 31-15 - WGNO
The victory improved the Cowboys to 8-6 and gave them a half-game lead over the New York Giants in the NFC East.

"We really needed to get back on track,'' Romo said. "And this was an important game. Really the playoffs have started for us and that's the way we approached it. The guys came out with great energy and it was a great week of practice. We just have to go forward and I thought the guys did that.''

Win over Buccaneers gives Cowboys plenty of confidence to reach playoffs -
Garrett liked what he saw from Romo, who racked up a 133.9 passer rating and had four total TDs

"Tony is playing well," Garrett said. "I think he's seeing the field very well. He's throwing the ball well from the pocket and when things break down, his eyes are up and he's making a lot of plays on the move. I think he's got a real command of what we're trying to do on offense."

Brutal Bucs just the cure for Cowboys -
Dallas will likely need to beat Philadelphia and beat the Giants on the road in the regular-season finale Jan. 1 to assure itself of a playoff berth.

"We really needed to get back on track, and this was an important game," Romo said. "Really, the playoffs (have) started for us, and that's the way we approached it. The guys came out with great energy, and it was a great week of practice. We just had to go forward, and I thought the guys did that."

"Offensively, we've been doing some good things," he said. "I think we're just going to continue to keep doing some of the stuff, and I think we'll figure it out a little bit. We're healthy. This is the healthiest we've been this year as an offensive unit. If we continue to have that, it will help a lot."

Impressive outing for Sammy Morris - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas
In one game against the Bucs, Sammy Morris (53 yards, 13 carries) almost surpassed his 2010 season production for the Patriots (56 yards, 20 carries).

"It’s actually hard to kind of put it into words," Morris said. "I’ve been doing this a long time and I just tried to have the mindset that I hadn’t been out all those months and just approach the game as I always have. The last couple of years [in New England] I played with a lot of veteran running backs, Fred Taylor and Kevin Faulk. It’s kind of the same thing, hearing them talk about being a pro, coming out and doing your job and preparing as much as you can."

Jason Garrett was complimentary of Morris' performance as well.

"For a guy who practiced three times in a new system to play the way he played tonight was an impressive performance," Garrett said.

Cowboys get big win against Bucs - NFL - Game Recap
Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score Saturday night.

"I thought he just had a good feel for what we were doing against what they were doing," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "I thought he got back quickly and got the ball out of his hands, and when he had to move and make plays, he was able to do that too. He made a lot of big plays and not many bad plays."

Sammy Morris on Romo's leadership - ESPN Dallas
Sammy Morris was asked whether Romo shares any similarities with the quarterback with whom he last played: New England's Tom Brady.

"Lot of the same things," Morris said. "He's a great leader. Really poised in the huddle, poised during the week in practice. Again, he's just the consummate professional. You can tell that already.

"I told him at the start of the game he was going to get tired of me asking questions because I had some familiarity with Jason [Garrett's] system, but some things I was kind of rusty on," he said. "But he does a great job of making everybody better around him."

Jerry Jones says Felix has 'about as good and complete a game' as ever - Star-Telegram
Felix Jnes rushed for 108 yards on 22 carries, and picked up another 23 yards on three receptions. Jerry Jones liked it:

"I thought under the circumstances he had about as good and complete a game as he’s had since he’s been a Dallas Cowboy," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

"He did a great job," quarterback Tony Romo added. "We're lucky to have some depth at the tailback position. He and DeMarco are some really good tailbacks. Felix deserves a lot of credit for the way he played tonight. And Sammy did a good job too coming in, just one week, first week here, and he's out there. I'm proud of the guys."

Tyron Smith suffers stinger but looks to be fine - ESPN Dallas
Smith is already playing with a dislocated and swollen right ring finger, and will not let a stinger affect him.

"I’ll be fine," Smith said after Saturday night's game. "Just something I’ll have to shake off."

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