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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Set To Pass Aikman And Staubach In Cowboys Record Books

I don't like Mondays.

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Mile Markers: Cowboys Records Within Reach - KD Drummond,
KD looks at Cowboys players who are ready to make their mark in the franchise record books in 2014. Leading the charge is Tony Romo, who will probably eclipse Aikman's career passing yards this year. And here's another, much more surprising, mark that Romo will very likely surpass this year:

Tony needs just one more game winning drive to break the tie with Captain Comeback himself, Roger Staubach. A game-winning drive is defined as a a 4th quarter or overtime offensive drive that puts the team in the lead for the last time. Tony might make some late-game mistakes, but late-game heroics are definitely his thing, too.

Analyzing the rushing stats of each team in 2013 —
ANY/A or Adjusted Net Yards per Pass Attempt is one of the stats that correlates most strongly with winning in the NFL. Chase Stuart proposes a similar stat for the ground game, which he calls AY/C or Adjusted Yards per Carry, and which is a little simpler to calculate than its passing equivalent.

Stuart uses AY/C to look at the 2013 stats for each team, and has the Cowboys ranked seventh in the NFL by this metric. Footbal Outsiders (5th) and Advanced Football Analytics (7th) come to very similar conclusions. The Cowboys may not have run a whole lot, but when they did, they were pretty effective.

Yet another offseason ranking of NFL QBs -
Another offseason Sunday, another QB rankings list. The only interesting thing about these tedious rankings are the different categories the authors come up with to rank the QBs. We find Tony Romo in one such category titled "Established franchise quarterbacks."

Moore: Cowboys have several options at No. 3 receiver spot | DMN
In a recent chat, David Moore was asked who the third wide receiver could be this year.

Cole Beasley is the slot receiver and the Cowboys feel very good about him. But he won't always be the third receiver. Sometimes it will be rookie Devin Street. Sometimes it won't be a receiver at all — the Cowboys will put tight end Gavin Escobar outside. Dwayne Harris will continue to get some opportunities as well, but Street will likely take some of those snaps away.

Ranking the Cowboys’ 53-man roster: Numbers 53-41 | Jon Machota, DMN
Machota plans on having a series of articles counting down the 53-man roster, and starts with the bottom of the roster. That automatically makes this the most interesting article in the series, because the top 40 players won't hold many surprises, but the bubble players here do.

Of the players on the list, DE Anthony Spencer (apparently not a PUP candidate on this list), LB Rolando McClain, RB Ryan Williams, DT Amobi Okoye, and FB Tyler Clutts are the more surprising names, and Ben Bass beats out Ben Gardner, Ken Bishop and Davon Coleman for the ninth and final defensive line spot.

Baltimore Ravens News: Trade of McClain Not Such a Steal After All -
This Ravens blog dejectedly realizes that the Ravens didn't pull a fast one over the Cowboys in the McClain trade after all.

When the Ravens traded retired linebacker Rolando McClain to Dallas earlier this week, it seemed Ozzie Newsome had pulled off a heist, gaining a sixth-round draft pick for a player who has retired twice in the past year, never played a down for the Ravens and has said he was "done" with football. But the trade is not as one-sided as originally thought.

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