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Cowboys News: Tony Romo Remains On Track, Defensive Backs Showing Out For Dallas

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Even without Orlando Scandrick, the defensive backs have been playing very well for the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, Tony Romo is still on track to return after the Bye week.

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Mo Claiborne Continues Career-Best Start: "This Is What I’ve Worked For"-Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
On the opening drive of the second half Sunday, Mo Claiborne was flagged for pass interference.Three plays later, Claiborne made perhaps his most impressive play this season in what’s becoming his most impressive stretch of football as a Cowboy.

"We know they like to go deep to him, throw the ball to him, get those deep plays, and he’s a great player. I know our DB’s are not going to back down from no one, no matter how much respect you’ve got for their game. We respect you, but we’re coming to lace our shoes up."

Why The Dallas Cowboys 2016 Team Is So Hard To Comprehend - Tom Ryle-Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys completely thrashed the Bengals. It was not supposed to be this way, was it?

The Cowboys are leading the NFC East, tied for second in the NFC standings behind the equally surprising Minnesota Vikings. Tony Romo is still on the sidelines in street clothes, and Dez Bryant is keeping him company. But the Dallas team on the field Sunday looked almost unstoppable through nearly three quarters. By that time, they had built up such a lead that losing a fumble was not any real concern.

Time to take Dallas Cowboys for real after fourth straight win- Todd Archer- ESPN
The Cowboys' offense was firing on all cylinders in Sunday's win over the Bengals, which lifted them into first place in the NFC East.

Maybe you will need a little more convincing and are waiting to see how they fare next week at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. A year ago, the Cowboys were knocked around in a 28-7 loss at Green Bay. But those Cowboys looked nothing like these Cowboys.

Cowboys’ defense is playing better than expected- Drew Davison- The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys have yet to allow a 100-yard receiver this season, as the defense is getting better and better each week.

The defense pitched a shutout for three quarters Sunday against a Cincinnati Bengals team that has made five consecutive postseason trips. The Cowboys also have yet to allow a 100-yard receiver.

That says something, considering that the Bengals had the top receiver in the league going into the game, A.J. Green. The Dallas defense had already faced elite receivers such as New York’s Odell Beckham Jr., Washington’s DeSean Jackson and Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery this season.

Dallas Cowboys: Once thought as potential liability, Cowboys' DBs have taken away 100-yard games from top WRs -David Moore- SportsDay
While Ezekiel Elliott compiles statistics that make his fantasy owners insufferable, as Dak Prescott continues to defy reason and look like the rookie of the year. This defense is quietly playing very well.

"Mo and Brandon had to play well in this ballgame. They were going to be out there by themselves with him at different times in the game, and each of those guys really stepped up. They were physical with him at the line of scrimmage, physical with him at the point of the catch. They did a good job."

Extra Points- Garrett Gives Injury Updates On Dez Bryant & Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant continue to recover from their respective injuries, though head coach Jason Garrett on Monday afternoon did not yet have results of a check-up MRI on Romo’s back.

Asked what Romo could do next following an expected good medical report, Garrett said, "I just think continue his progress. He’s working hard with our trainers, he’s working hard with our strength coaches, he has been throwing a little bit the last week or so. Depending on how he feels with the work, you try to ramp him up each day as we go. It takes a lot of feedback. The player has to be honest with you about how he’s feeling and then you make your decisions from there."

Cowboys Investment In DT Terrell McClain Paying Great Dividends -Dawn Macelli- Blogging The Boys
At a bargain-basement price, defensive tackle Terrell McClain has delivered in 2016 now that he is healthy and starting.

The team is equally happy to have him out on the gridiron. McClain is in the midst of what is shaping up to be his best season as a professional. Twice in his career he has reached 19 tackles for the season. He is about to reach that plateau again after only five contests. With 11 games left to play Terrell is already credited with 17 tackles on the season.

Awaiting MRI results, Tony Romo's return to team drills 'a little further down road'- Todd Archer- ESPN
In Dallas Cowboys injury news, some minor updates on the status of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

"Sometimes you evaluate injuries like that but I think what you try to do is you try to see who's going to be available for the game independent of that as much as you can," Garrett said. "These games are important, you've got 16 of them, so all hands on deck every week if guys are available."

Tony Romo reportedly ‘healing well and on track’ to return to Cowboys - The Washington Post
The Cowboys' quarterback has been sidelined since the preseason with a broken bone in his back.

Tony Romo got some encouraging results from an MRI exam Monday, per media reports. The Cowboys’ quarterback has been sidelined since the preseason with a broken bone in his back, but he could potentially return to his team’s lineup after its Week 7 bye.

Dallas Cowboys: What the Cowboys would be sacrificing by starting Tony Romo over Dak Prescott | SportsDay
Rick Gosselin doesn't think chemistry will be affected if Tony Romo is given the job back but he does question what the offense will look like.

Gosselin: When the Cowboys go back to Romo, they will sacrifice the legs of Dak Prescott in the hopes that Romo can continue, at 36, to be magic with his passes. Sacks will go up, and Ezekiel Elliott will find the front a little more crowded with the absence of the play-action rollouts the Cowboys have been running with Prescott. The Cowboys are banking on Romo's arm making a difference. But he will have to play as turnover-free as Prescott, who has not thrown an interception in five starts. Romo has never gone five consecutive games without an interception in his 10-year career as a starter here. There is still a strong loyalty to Romo from the veteran players, so I don't think chemistry will be an issue. What will be an issue is if Romo starts throwing interceptions and/or the Cowboys start losing games. Then the second-guessing will commence.