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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Cowboys Knock The Spots Off Jaguars" - Early Reactions To Sunday's Win

An early selection of headlines following the Cowboys' 31-17 win over the Jaguars.

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Tony Romo leads Dallas to Wembley victory as Cowboys knock the spots off Jaguars |
The Daily Mail provides a play by play of the game, including lots of pictures, as they describe a dominant Cowboys win.

The Cowboys know that tougher tests await them following their bye week, including two games against division rivals Philadelphia. A win against the Jaguars was all that mattered here, though, and it was a job well done.

Romo, Cowboys cruise past Jaguars in London - Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune liked what it saw from the Cowboys on the ground.

The Dallas Cowboys ended a two-game losing streak, re-establishing the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing offense behind DeMarco Murray, who recorded his ninth 100-yard game in 10 weeks, including 71 yards on 13 carries in the first half.

Tony Romo inspires Dallas Cowboys to victory over Jaguars |
This is one NFL record that you may not have heard about - if Peyton or Tom were chasing that record, we'd probably have a weekly countdown on ESPN.

Romo, who has thrown at least one touchdown pass in an NFL-record 37 consecutive games on the road, was also well protected by the offensive line, despite the Jaguars having one of the top pass rushes in the league.

Tony Romo's first half almost perfect - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer notes that Tony Romo was 16 of 21 for 225 yards and three TDs in the first half.

Tony Romo adds to his legend - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer channels his inner Barney Stinson and calls Romo's performance legen - wait for it - dary.

Don't let Romo undersell what he did. He has fractured bones in his back. When he played with a punctured lung and broken rib against the Washington Redskins in 2011, he didn't throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted once.

He took a Toradol pill to cope with the pain Sunday, but did not add much extra padding to protect his back.

"A lot of guys are banged up, a lot of guys played," Romo said. "At the end of the day nobody cares when you step on the field. It's all about winning."

NFL Winners and Losers: Tony Romo is back. So are the Dallas Cowboys | Yahoo Sports
Frank Schwab offers a little perspective, something that is in etremely short supply these days.

Overreaction rules in the NFL, especially in the Twitter era. That’s how we ended up with an argument that Ben Roethlisberger should be MVP after two great games. And anything with the Cowboys is overstated. So when the Cowboys lost two in a row, it was the perfect storm. Their 6-1 start didn’t matter. They were done, or so you'd think.

Turn off the panic alarms. Romo looked fine. So did the Cowboys. A lot of people hate the Cowboys and predicted them to collapse after their great start. It doesn’t seem like that’s the path Dallas is on this season.

Tony Romo puts his back into it, leads Cowboys over Jaguars | Sporting News
Clever title that dresses up an AP article long on detail and short on insight.

Tony Romo returns, proves Cowboys are legit contenders | Jon Machota, DMN
Machota thinks the Cowboys are favorites to win the division. He's right of course.

Where do they go from here? If Romo is on the field for the next six games the Cowboys should be the favorites to win the division. It’s a two-team race with Philadelphia. The Cowboys finish with Chicago, Indianapolis, the New York Giants, Washington and two games against the Eagles. Philadelphia has Carolina on Monday, Green Bay, Tennessee, Seattle, Washington and the New York Giants to go along with the two Dallas games. I’ll take the Romo-led Cowboys over the Mark Sanchez/Nick Foles-led Eagles down the stretch.

Inside the Game: Cowboys draft picks vs. Jags free agents was no contest |
You've got to go all the way to the Florida Times-Union to find a report that isn't yet jaded from the endless repetition of tired old memes.

The Jaguars’ defensive line, featuring four starting free agents, never pressured gimpy Dallas quarterback Tony Romo until the outcome of Sunday’s 31-17 loss at Wembley Stadium was well in hand.

The Cowboys’ offensive line, featuring three first-round picks, kept Romo safe and opened up plenty of holes in the running game.

This is what can happen when a franchise with stable leadership (Dallas) faces one reeling from constant upheaval.

Jerry "Stable Leader" Jones approves this message.

Dez Bryant, Cowboys slam hapless Jaguars in London -
A morning of drama-filled reports could not deter the Dallas Cowboys in London as they crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, Marc Sessler writes and adds a special shout out to the defense:

Despite a laundry list of injuries to their front seven, the Dallas defense allowed just 5.1 yards per play and held Jacksonville to four of 14 on third down. The pass rush misses Tyrone Crawford, but that didn't stop the Cowboys from piling up four sacks and five quarterback hits on the day.

Jaguars vs. Cowboys: 3 things we learned in 31-17 loss - Big Cat Country
One of the things the SB Nation Jaguars blog learned the hard way is that "Dez Bryant is just a matchup nightmare."

One of the reasons the Jaguars defensive line was unable to affect Romo for most of the game was because the Cowboys schemed to run often and get the ball out of the quarterback's hands asap on passing plays.

The Jaguars defense was schemed against effectively and the Cowboys took advantage of the mismatches that Dez Bryant creates. One was a one-on-one against Dwayne Gratz that really wasn't terrible coverage and the other was a crossing route that allowed Bryant to beat Johnathan Cyprien around the edge.

Those are mistakes, no doubt, but not ones that the team should worry about too much considering Bryant is a special receiver who shreds opposing secondaries often.

Rapid Reaction: Rookie Anthony Hitchens sets tone on defense - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer offers up a motley collection of thoughts on the Cowboys' win, including this on Anthony Hitchens.

Anthony Hitchens has started games at middle linebacker, weakside linebacker and strongside linebacker this season. On Sunday, he started at middle linebacker and directed a defense that held Jacksonville in check after an 80-yard drive to open the game. Hitchens played well enough that the Cowboys did not have to use Rolando McClain, who was active after a pregame workout following a week in which he didn't practice. For the second time this season, Hitchens stopped a fourth-down run, meeting Toby Gerhart in the hole in the third quarter. The Cowboys were unable to take advantage of the stop, but Hitchens set the tone.

Cowboys rest LB Rolando McClain as rookie continues to shine | Brandon George, DMN
There were some scattered concerns that McClain didn't play yesterday, but George puts all the attendant conspiracy theories to rest:

With rookie Anthony Hitchens playing well in McClain’s place, the Cowboys didn’t need to risk McClain getting hurt more. Hitchens and Bruce Carter played linebacker in the Cowboys’ nickel package. In base defense, Hitchens was in the middle with Carter at weak-side linebacker and Kyle Wilber on the strong side.


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