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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Likely To Play Sunday

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Dallas looks like it will have Tony Romo back under center; Possible Cowboys Pro Bowlers; More QB sacks for the Cowboys defense?

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Tony Romo was officially listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, which means his chances of playing are 75 percent. That means he is playing.

On to lesser news.


Why Tony Romo SHOULD Play Sunday Against the Jags - Brady Poppinga, Football by Football
Poppinga played eight years as a linebacker in the NFL, including a four-game stint for the Cowboys at the end of the 2012 season. Poppinga writes that having Romo under center will force defenses to respect the pass AND the run, giving the Cowboys a higher probability for offensive production - something that was sorely missing against the Cardinals:

As I studied the game film of the Cardinals' reaction to the Weeden substitution, it became apparent that with Brandon Weeden at the helm, there is no NFL defense on the face of the earth that will give that Dallas Cowboys offense a favorable look to run the ball against. This is a very big deal, because as detailed here on FBF throughout the year, no team in the NFL uses its run game to create more offensive opportunity than the Cowboys.

Cowboys Friday Injury Report: Tony Romo Practices Again, Tyrone Crawford Does Not - Blogging The Boys
Dallas looks like it will have Tony Romo back under center, but Tyrone Crawford is not expected to play and Rolando McClain will be a game-time decision.

The Cowboys reveal their defensive battle plan | Brandon George, DMN
Not really that big a revelation: get off the field on third downs.

"Battle the first two [downs], then [they] get a first, it’s kind of defeating," Barry Church said. "We’ve got to win on third down. That’s the money down for us."

Arizona converted nine of 15 third-down attempts Sunday against the Cowboys. All four of the Cardinals’ touchdowns came on third down.

Cowboys In London - How About In Pro Bowl? - Jordan Ross,
Ross wonders whether the team's fast start could elevate more players into Pro Bowl contention than last year, and offers up a top-ten list of candidates that's fun to read but oddly only has Tony Romo at number 8. I'd have thought that the performance of the other nine guys on the list against the Cardinals would have sky-rocketed Romo to the top of the list, but that may just be me being snarky.

Jaguars provides opportunity for Dallas Cowboys pass rush to excel - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN Dallas
JJT points out that the Jaguars have allowed 35 sacks this season, the most in the NFL. After Sunday, perhaps Henry Melton won't be the only Cowboys player with more than one QB sack on his stat sheet.

Dallas Cowboys want consistent effort from Bruce Carter - Jean-Jacques Taylor,
Bruce Carter's inconsistent play is keeping him off the field and has him battling for a starting spot again, writes JJT.

Carter can be excellent and awful within the same drive, and it can occur multiple times within a game.

Carter was playing well before straining a quadriceps against New Orleans. He missed three games, and has been a non-factor in the two games since he returned.

His sub-par performances against Washington and Arizona created an opportunity for Wilber to play. Wilber played 25 snaps against Arizona after getting just five against Washington.

George: Why Dez Bryant's falloff during skid can't be blamed totally on Cowboys' QB play | Brandon George, DMN
Echoing a thought our own neithan20000 voiced a couple of days ago (What's The Matter With Dez?), Brandon George looks at Dez Bryant's recent lack of success and explains how the failure to connect with the QB impacts the entire team:

The odd twist in Bryant’s reduced output of late: Opponents have started to stack the line of scrimmage more to defend the Cowboys’ top-ranked rushing offense, and they’ve often blitzed the last two weeks, but Bryant hasn’t been able to make them pay.

A normal week? Cowboys dine Friday evening at the Tower of London | David Moore, DMN
The Cowboys have been pretty busy in London so far, but last night they got a chance to see some of the sights - out of their bus windows on the way to dinner at the Tower of London - where they were greeted in style:

Gosselin: I'd be shocked if Cowboys don't keep Henry Melton around in 2015 | DMN
Rick Gosselin sees a future for Melton in Dallas.

I'd be shocked if Melton is not here again in 2015. He's from Grapevine, he wants to play here and he's showing that he still has the health and talent to one day soon return to a Pro Bowl.

Undrafted "Tryout" Player Among New Faces on Defense - Kristi Scales, 5 Points Blue
Scales takes a look at the Cowboys' most recent UDFA gem who initially joined the Cowboys as a tryout player during rookie minicamp but hung around to make his first NFL interception last week.

Hot Air: D-FW radio October sports ratings | Brandon George, DMN
This may be of little interest to people outside the Metroplex, but the October radio ratings are in: Overall in the ratings it was SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket (4.5), ahead of 105.3 The Fan (3.7), and KESN-FM 103.3 (2.5).

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