The star is reborn: Cowboys are contenders - Yahoo Sports
After a huge road win in Seattle, talk of reaching the Super Bowl is back in Dallas — and it's warranted, writes Charles Robinson.
This is the team that's 5-1 and now likely laying claim to being the best in the NFL. Some will sneer at that notion, but they would do so only by discounting Sunday, when Dallas remarkably held Seattle to only 206 yards of total offense. Within that total, the Cowboys completely took Seattle out of its running game and frustrated quarterback Russell Wilson into only 126 passing yards with no touchdowns. The Cowboys controlled tempo, ran the ball consistently and patiently, and protected Romo well.
Some victories are so convincing they make you re-think what that team is capable of - NFL.com
The Around the League team thinks the Cowboys had just such a win in Seattle.
Any victory against the Seahawks is eye-opening, but it was scary to see the Cowboys impose their will so easily on Seattle. They had 23 first downs; the Seahawks had only nine. Seattle was lucky to keep the game close.
The investment in Dallas' offensive line continues to pay off in a big way, with an unstoppable Murray on pace for 2,100 rushing yards. The flip side is that Murray is also on untenable pace for 425 carries. The coaching staff will have to find a way to keep winning with the same formula while lessening Murray's burden.
Tony Romo lifts Dallas Cowboys to status of NFC contenders after win in Seattle - SI.com
Somebody had to bring up the 2006 game:
It was that kind of afternoon at CenturyLink Field, as the Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champions and solidified their status as an NFC contender, perhaps even the early favorite. They beat the Seahawks in all the ways that teams aren’t supposed to beat the Seahawks. They ran the ball. They stopped the run. They contained quarterback Russell Wilson. They beat the Seahawks the way the Seahawks beat other teams.
And on a Sunday afternoon in Seattle in October, Romo atoned for that playoff loss and set the tone (he hopes) for the remainder of this season.
These Cowboys a great thing for NFL - USA Today
Tom Pelissero likes what the Cowboys are bringing to the NFL.
Love them or hate them, it's a great thing for the NFL when the Cowboys are playing like this. And Sunday's 30-23 stunner over the defending champs in Seattle erased any doubt about whether they can compete with the best.
Is this the year America's Team returns to glory? Or will it collapse in another inglorious heap? Either way, it'll be worth watching.
Cowboys beat champs, are true blue Super Bowl contenders | Sporting News
Viony Iyer draws up a camparison with the 90's Cowboys.
When the Cowboys were last winning Super Bowls over the 49ers and everyone else in a top-heavy NFC in early 1990s, they had an unstoppable offensive line and an all-time running back. They had a quarterback who spread the ball around to a great No. 1, a very good No. 2 and a savvy tight end.
With all that working again, they don’t need to field that loaded defense they had back then under Jimmy Johnson. This is a much different, more offensive-efficiency oriented era.
The Cowboys' defense is shockingly good - SBNation.com
That's not actually the title of the article, but one of three takeaways from the game for SB Nation's Louis Bien - and I like it better than the original title. Here's Bien's take on the defense.
A lot has been made of the Cowboys' offense, but in the second half it was the defense that kept Dallas in the game after the offense bogged down from turnovers. The Seahawks' running game was anemic, and when Russell Wilson briefly had success passing on first down the Cowboys stopped that too.
Forced to carry the offense himself, Wilson had a mediocre day, going 14-for-28 passing for 126 yards and a game-sealing interception. He was under constant pressure, and Seahawks receivers were rarely open. Given how hectic the offseason was for Dallas, Rod Marinelli deserves a ton of credit for the job he has done reorganizing this unit.
Cowboys make a statement in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
PFT focuses its game summary on the O-line and DeMarco Murray, concluding:
In the end, the score was much closer than the game and the Cowboys made a strong statement about their bona fides by walking into Seattle and pushing the defending champs around the field.
Now that Dallas dethroned Seattle, are the Cowboys the NFC’s best team? USA Today
Chris Chase wonders what's next for the Cowboys.
Three weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys were facing a 21-0 second-quarter deficit to the middling St.Louis Rams. A loss would have sent the Cowboys to 1-2 and started endless questions about Tony Romo, Johnny Manziel, Jerry Jones and the job security of Jason Garrett.
Fast-forward to Sunday, after Dallas made the NFL’s toughest road trip, managed to quiet the acoustically aided 12th man and defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 30-23. Ever since reversing that three-touchdown hole against the Rams, the Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s hottest team and, for now, the NFC’s team to beat. Imagine that.
Cowboys' stunner in Seattle - CBSSports.com
There's not a more difficult test than going into Seattle, squaring off against the Seahawks and facing their tenacious, championship defense. The Cowboys passed with flying colors and served notice to the NFL they are for real.
DeMarco Murray clear MVP - NFL Videos
In this video, Deion Sanders says DeMarco Murray is "balling right now," and believes Murray is the clear MVP of the NFL. Sanders continues:
"First of all, let's give some love to Jerry Jones. We shoot at him all the time when it's not clicking, but all these offensive linemen that he's drafted, you see the vision is coming to pass. I like every bit of it and they're playing the best football of anyone right now."
DeMarco Murray better than Seattle run defense - Seattle Seahawks Blog, ESPN
In the end, the league’s best runner was better than the league’s best run defense, Terry Blount writes.
So the Seattle defense, which entered the game No. 1 against the run this season giving up an average of 62 yards per game, finished with a 30-23 loss in which they allowed Murray to tie a record set by NFL legend Jim Brown.
Murray’s 115 yards on 29 carries was his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game to start the season, which equals Brown’s record set in 1958 with the Cleveland Browns.
Seahawks finally meet their match - John Clayton, ESPN
In his roundup of the Week 6 action, Clayton summarizes the Cowboys' road win as follows:
This was a great win for the Cowboys. It legitimized their fast start and makes them a major player this season. At some point, coach Jason Garrett will have to cut down the carries for Murray, who is on a record-setting pace, but that's an issue for another day.
What we learned: Cowboys stun Seahawks at home - Seattle Post Intelligencer
No two ways about it, the Seahawks got dominated.
What ultimately happened was a dominant effort from the Cowboys that should have put them up by multiple scores instead of sweating it out at the end. But a resilient Seahawks squad, aided by a couple of key turnovers on special teams, kept fighting until the bitter end.
It was indeed bitter for the Hawks when Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant and a surprisingly stout defense gave the "America’s Team" a victory in the NFL’s toughest road venue.
Jerry Jones: Win over Seahawks could be Cowboys’ defining victory | The Seattle Times
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the road win over the Seahawks could "flip the match" and light up Dallas’ season.
Cowboys condemn Seahawks to rare home defeat | Bangkok Post
The Cowboys win made national and international headlines.
(Tony) Romo is burning, and so are Cowboys with fifth straight win - Chicago Tribune
Today were even taking bad puns in good humor.
Eli Manning versus Hall of Fame QBs. - FootballPerspective.com
A celebratory news roundup wouldn't be complete without a little fun at the expense of our NFC East rivals, which today comes courtesy of Chase Stuart with this little nugget:
Let’s worry about axes and labels later. For now, take a look at the graph below. The red dots represent Hall of Fame quarterbacks (or players not yet eligible but very likely to wind up in Canton). The blue dots represent non-HOF quarterbacks. The black dot? That’s Eli Manning.