42 seconds for the Cowboys? The Steelers never had a chance - David Moore, SportsDay
Moore with a fascinating recap of what happened during to final 42 seconds of the game against Pittsburgh.
Down to their final 42 seconds in a hostile environment with a loss staring them in the face, there was no despair.
These Cowboys are too young, too confident to lose hope. Rather than allow frustration to undermine the afternoon, Ezekiel Elliott made it a point to seek out fellow rookie Dak Prescott before the two returned to the field.
"Look, man, this is why we're here," Elliott said. "This is why we're in Dallas.
"This is where great players become great. This is where great players perform and do what they need to do."
The New England Patriots Are Beatable. The Cowboys? Maybe Not. - Benjamin Hiffman, The New York Times
Tom Brady came up short at the goal line against the Seahawks, while the Cowboys’ rookies won in a thriller at Pittsburgh. Week 10 scores and highlights.
The Dallas Cowboys are too young to lose the games they are supposed to lose. The team’s winning streak already included a win at Lambeau Field over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and this week the team’s rookies led the way to beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The game also proved that a potential scoring play for Ezekiel Elliott is any play in which the rookie running back touches the ball.
This Cowboys team is beyond fascinating and remarkable: It's epic - Rick Gosselin, SportsDay
Gosselin offers an interesting analogy for the 2016 Cowboys.
There is only one team in the 38 years since the implementation of the 16-game schedule that can be compared to the 2016 Cowboys: the 1999 St. Louis Rams.
Like the 2015 Cowboys, the Rams had finished 4-12. Like the 2016 Cowboys, Dick Vermeil and his staff were coaching for their jobs. And like the 2016 Cowboys, the Rams lost their starting quarterback in August and were forced to put the offense into a set of inexperienced hands.
The Rams replaced injured quarterback Trent Green with Kurt Warner, won their first six games and sprinted to a 13-3 record en route to an NFC West title, the top seed in the NFC and, eventually, a Super Bowl championship.
As crazy as it was in real time, that Cowboys win over Pittsburgh becomes even more remarkable when you break down the tape.
I counted five quality blocks on the 83-yard screen pass to Ezekiel Elliott. The kick out by Zack Martin on Sean Davis got the play started. Then Travis Fredrick drove Ross Cockrell into the Steelers’ bench. Ronald Leary alertly peeled back and got just enough of Mike Mitchell to get Elliott further up the field. There, Elliott picked up a block from Terrance Williams on Robert Golden that broke him into the clear. With four defenders chasing him, Elliott begin to pull away, but he needed Williams to throw one more block -- which he was able to get on William Gay, allowing Elliott to finish the run.
Cowboys @ Steelers: Five Critical Plays That Shaped The Game - Joseph.Hatz, Blogging The Boys
Five plays that shaped the Cowboys 35-30 win over the Steelers.
Listing all four failed conversions is definitely cheating on my part, but I’d be remiss if I did not mention them as they played a huge role in the game, and there’s no way to single out just one since each failed conversion basically led to the next. The domino effect of these missed conversions was significant.
Dallas Cowboys' Jason Garrett hopeful Tony Romo will be active Sunday - Todd Archer, ESPN
Garrett wouldn't go as far as owner Jerry Jones did, but said he is hopeful Tony Romo will be on the active roster Sunday.
"We’re certainly hopeful that would happen based on what he did last week, but again we’ll take his situation day by day and hopefully he’ll have a good day on Wednesday," Garrett said of Romo being active against the Ravens.
Darren Woodson and Wade Phillips headline the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Woodson was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. He spent his entire career with Dallas (1992-2004), earning three Super Bowl titles (1992, 1993, 1995) and three first-team All-Pro selections (1994, 1995, 1996). He was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor on Nov. 1, 2015.
Geoff Swaim To Have Surgery For Pectoral Injury; Scandrick Update - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Tight end Geoff Swaim is expected to have surgery this week for a pectoral injury suffered in Sunday’s win over the Steelers.
But Swaim’s injury further depletes the team’s tight end depth. Garrett said James Hanna (Physically Unable to Perform list; knee) is unlikely to be ready to resume practicing anytime soon.
The Most Surprising Veteran Player For The 2016 Cowboys - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
The rookies are setting the NFL on fire, but before the season, no one expected this player to even keep his job.
Quick, think of a blown coverage or missed tackle by Wilcox that has truly hurt the team this year. Can’t come up with one? You are not alone. And remember that he is playing in the secondary, which has been the only unit of the team that has been really depleted by injuries.
As Cowboys win, spirits high at early Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal - Todd Archer, ESPN
With the Cowboys on an eight-game winning streak, everyone was in a festive mood at the annual event.
"The energy wasn’t too good here last year. They faked it for little bit," Witten said. "They were thankful for the food but of course they had a lot of comments on the games. But to be 8-1 and be here, it’s a great time to be in Dallas."
Memorable day in Pittsburgh for native son Sean Lee - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had nine tackles against Pittsburgh. It was a nice homecoming day for the former Penn State linebacker.
"I used to come to games and sit in the stands and you’d get all juiced up watching the guys come out," Lee said. "I was in college when James Harrison was really coming into his own and making all the plays in 2008. To see him kind of be the last guy introduced was something that was fun to see."
Why didn't CB Brandon Carr defend Steelers WR Antonio Brown after Orlando Scandrick was injured? - Brandon George, SportsDay
The Dallas Cowboys chose not to have cornerback Brandon Carr exclusively defend standout Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the fourth after Scandrick left the game.
"I don't know," Carr said. "Just keep playing ball, man. We have confidence in all of our guys. Us veteran players and coaches just did a great job of getting guys prepared to play Sunday, whether you just got into the building or you've been here for a few years."
Despite Cowboys Changing QB Stance, Prescott Still Singing Same Tunes - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
For the last 10 weeks, Dak Prescott has kept basically the same mantra when asked about the quarterback situation.
"He helps me so much, I really can’t pinpoint one area," he said. "He helps me on the field especially. He’s just great. He’s a great guy to look up to you and a great mentor to have and learn from."