TBAB NOTE: This is an hour long show … called Lunch Time. It features some of the talent that is regularly featured on this blog … and also guests, including players and coaches of the Dallas Cowboys.
Stuart Scott, Trent Dilfer, Steve Young and Rick Reilly discuss whether or not Tony Romo should have played.
Cowboys placekicker Dan Bailey and running back Felix Jones are among the nominees for player of the week honors in the NFL.
Bailey, who made six field goals in the Cowboys’ 18-16 victory against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, is a nominee for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. He’s up against receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, receiver Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens and guard Stefan Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders.
Jones, who rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries against the Redskins, is up for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award. He had his two longest runs of the year, 29 and 40 yards, in the second half. He also had three catches for 40 yards, accounting for 155 yards for the Cowboys. His competition is running b ack Ryan Matthews of the San Diego Chargers and running back Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders.
SportsDayDFW’s Kevin Sherrington and Barry Horn join Fox Sports Southwest’s John Rhadigan to talk about the Dallas Cowboys, including Tony Romo’s ribs and his ability to carry the team. Sherrington says players are always going to take a shot at a quarterback’s ribs, whether they are hurt or not. Horn says Romo can carry the team, but needs someone to run the ball. Also, the writers discussed the rivalry with the Washington Redskins. Sherrington says it’s not really a rivalry anymore because its become one-sided.
ARLINGTON – The Cowboys final drive Monday night was impressive not only because they converted a game-winning field goal, but because they overcame a difficult third-and-21 situation.
Cowboys center Phil Costa was having trouble with the snap count, which resulted in quarterback Tony Romo having to scramble to recover a wild snap on first-and-10 with just under three minutes to play. It was the third time Monday that Romo was forced to retrieve a snap that he wasn’t expecting.
Apparently, the problem involved Redskins defenders yelling out their own snap count, attempting to fool Costa.
“We’ve got to get the snap thing worked out,” Romo said. “We’ll get that worked out. We’ll tell the league and see if that’s something that can be fixed because you’re not supposed to be able to that. So we’ll see. But we can’t have that happen. We shouldn’t have been in that situation.”
Costa said the fix would be simple, he just has to block out the voice of his opponent.
“It’s just being patient,” Costa said. “Just trying not to hear them and trying to hear Tony.”
Here are the BOLD predictions from Robert A Knight … A self-proclaimed prediction guru. He said his crystal ball was a little hazy last week … finished with slightly over a 50% success rate! That was an improvement over week one. This week … he’s going for all green! Ok, here we go …
The GREAT Robbini: “Cowboys stadium becomes a home vs Washington” (won, overcome adversity)
- 10 pt. win for the ‘Boys (2 pt. win … Dallas wins 18-16)
- Lee leads tackles (FS Sensabaugh, lead with 6. Lee, and 5 others, had 4 tackles each)
- Ware at least 2 sacks (1 sack … extended his streak)
- 5 team sacks (3 teams sacks)
- Romo will start (struggled early, was brilliant in the 4th QTR)
- Diamond Dez Bryant will play (4 catches for 63 yards. 2 were clutch!)
- TD for Witten (No TD’s, although Witten and FJones sustained drives in 4th quarter)
- At least 82 yards rushing for the Cowboys (125 yards rushing, 115 for FJones)
- WAS 4 turnovers (1 fumble, 1 interception thrown by Rex Grossman)
- WAS 8 punts (5 punts)
Remember, you read it here! The Great Robbini predictions for week #3
The GREAT Robbini originally predicted that the ‘Boys would have six scoring drives.
TBAB POSTGAME SUMMARY: Not bad … 5 out of 12. Dallas offense struggled, mostly with the OL and young WR’s mistakes. On the positive side, Romo was able to rally the ‘boys and pulled off the win in the fourth quarter. They have a lot to work on, mostly offensively. Without those mistakes, DAL would have easily won by 2 TD’s or more. Ware was a huge factor, but only had one sack statistically. Spencer had a key sack in the 4th quarter. I credit Ware partially, because he was doubled and that opened up Spencer on the other side (for a blindside sack and forced fumble). Cowboys Stadium was rockin’, thanks mostly to the Dallas defensive effort and consistant kicking from Dan Bailey (6 for 6, a Dallas kicker record). Can’t really say that we’ll look back on this game as the ‘turning point’ when Cowboy Stadium became a home-field advantage. It was a very positive setting … large crowd, vocal in the 4th quarter … and was the Dallas Cowboys first home opener since the stadium opened. Gotta love that!
Felix Jones delivered his two longest runs of the season Monday night against the Redskins, breathing life into one of the worst running games in the NFL.
Jones peeled off runs of 29 and 40 yards in the second half, the first double-digit runs of the year for the Cowboys, who were 31st in the league at 54.5 yards per game coming in. Jones’ longest run in the first two games was 8 yards.
Jones went over 100 yards for the first time in almost a year, rushing for 115 yards on 14 carries. He ran for 109 yards in Week 4 last year against Tennessee.
Jones had only 69 yards on 26 carries in the first two games. He played Monday’s game with a harness to protect the shoulder he dislocated last week in the first quarter against the 49ers.
“It makes a difference,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of the run game. “We just had to keep banging away. They’re a very good defense. They’re a very good front. They do a lot of different things to you, so you’re going to have some ugly plays. You’re going to have some minus plays both in the run game and in the pass game. We had to know that. That’s the style of their defense. We had to just keep chipping away. A real tribute to the guys up front, certainly Felix Jones coming into this game with a dislocated shoulder, not getting a lot of work in practice this week and playing the way he played throughout the ball game. He did a hell of a job, and it was one of his best games as a Cowboy.”
RELATED: Felix Jones, running game flip the switch at half
Through two quarters against the Redskins Monday, Felix Jones and the Cowboys’ running game was looking as pedestrian as it had the first two weeks of the season.
The question crept in, were the Jets and 49ers really good run defenses, or did it just appear that way because they had played the Cowboys? Entering Monday night, the Cowboys were averaging only 2.3 yards per carry, and that number barely crept upward in the first half, which they finished with 11 carries for 31 yards, seven for 20 by Jones.
After 10 quarters of the 2011 season, the Cowboys still hadn’t logged a single run of at least 10 yards. And with the passing game struggling thanks to a handful of injuries, things were looking ugly. But the Cowboys came out of the locker room a different team in the ground game.
“We made some changes at halftime,” center Phil Costa said. “We were running a certain play and then we changed it back, so it helped us run the ball.”
Behind a 29-yard burst by Jones in the third quarter, and a 40-yarder he had in the fourth, the Cowboys had 94 yards rushing in the second half. Jones personally had 95, as six carries by Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray went nowhere. Jones finished with 115 yards on 14 carries.
Ironically, with the passing game stagnant, the Cowboys weren’t able to abandon the run, as they’ve been accused of in the past. Even with Jones hurt himself, the Cowboys had to go back to him down the stretch.
Here are some notes from Monday night’s game:
Tonight’s win improved Dallas’ league record of Monday Night Football wins to 43.
The last nine Cowboys games have been decided by three points or less, which is the longest streak of games with a point differential of three or less in NFL history. The previous long was held by the Raiders (six) from 2004-05.
Tonight’s 18-16 win was the 41st game in which Dallas did not score a touchdown. Of the 41, tonight was just the sixth time Dallas won a game in which they did not cross the goal line. The last time Dallas won without a touchdown was a 9-7 win against Washington (10/15/01).
Dallas Wins – No Touchdowns
Score Opponent (Date)
6-2 vs. Cleveland (12/12/70)
9-3 vs. N.Y. Giants (11/7/76)
21-6 vs. Green Bay (11/18/96)
12-6 vs. New England (12/15/96)
9-7 vs. Washington (10/15/01)
18-16 vs. Washington (9/26/11)
The Dallas Cowboys had three more sacks in the game tonight to give the team 13 on theyear which leads the league through three weeks.
Rookie kicker Dan Bailey was true on all six of his field goal attempts tonight to establish a club rookie single-game record for field goals made. The previous was five held by Roger Ruzek (at the L.A. Rams, 12/21/87) and Richie Cunningham (at Arizona, 9/7/97 and against Philadelphia, 9/15/97).
Bailey’s six made field goals tonight allowed him to become just the third rookie in NFL history (since 1960) to convert six field goals in a single game. The first was Garo Yepremian (Detroit, at Minnesota, 11/13/66) and Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh, at Jacksonville, 12/1/02).
Bailey’s six field goals made were the third-most in a game in club history:
Player FG Opponent (Date)
Chris Boniol 7 vs. Green Bay (11/18/96)
Billy Cundiff 7 at N.Y. Giants (9/15/03)
Dan Bailey 6 vs. Washington (9/26/11)
With David Buehler (groin) sidelined tonight, Bailey also made his debut on kickoffs. He finished the game with seven kickoffs, four that reached the end zone with two touchbacks.
Tony Fiammetta’s 15-yard reception was a career-long.
Felix Jones rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries for an average of 8.2 tonight. It marked Jones’ single-game career high yardage total and his second career 100-yard outing. His average of 8.2 yards-per-carry was also a career-best when rushing more than 10 times.
Jones upped his career rushing yards total to 1,935 to pass Troy Hambrick (1,896) for 14th in team history.
Sean Lee intercepted his second pass of the season, fourth of his career. His two interceptions through three weeks ties Brian Urlacher for the most picks by a league linebacker.
Lee also recovered a fumble to seal the win late in the fourth quarter, his second game of the season with multiple takeaways. He provided the same takeaway stat line (one interception and a fumble recovery in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11).
Mat McBriar had a long punt of 65 yards, his longest since booting one 65 yards at Indianapolis (12/5/10).
Laurent Robinson had his first catch as a Cowboy tonight. It was a 22-yard pass from Tony Romo in the second quarter.
In failing to throw a touchdown pass tonight; TonyRomo’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass was stopped at 20, which was the second-longest active streak in the league. Drew Brees upped his league-leading streak to 30 games.
Gerald Sensabaugh blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter tonight. It was his fourth career blocked kick, third field goal and second as a Cowboy.
Anthony Spencer’s fourth quarter sack tonight gave him a sack in his fourth straight game – the longest streak of his career.
DeMarcus Ware’s sack tonight was his sixth straight game with a sack – the third longest streak of his career (10 – 12/16/07-10/12/08 – and 7 – 11/2/08-12/20/08). With sacks in each of the first three games this season, it was the second time in his career he opened theseason with sacks in each of the first three games. The first was in 2008 when he opened the season with at least one sack in each of the first seven games.
More photos »“>about 17 hours ago: MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 25: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lions defeated the Vikings 26-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
- The Detroit Lions are one of three teams with a 3-0 record. The Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers are the other two teams that have started the season 3-0. The Washington Redskins are also undefeated, but they have only played two games so far. (Washington takes on the Dallas Cowboys — Detroit’s opponent next Sunday — on Monday night.)
- There was some brief confusionafter Jason Hanson made the game-winning field goal in overtime on Sunday. It’s not clear what was going on, but it sort of seemed like the referees weren’t aware the game was over. Perhaps they were thinking the playoff overtime rules were in effect and the game wasn’t over, but it was as soon as the field goal went through the uprights.Jim Schwartz was none too pleased with the confusion and he let the referees know about it. Luckily for us, the referee’s microphone picked up what Schwartz was yelling at the officials: “Learn the f—ing rules!”
- No microphones picked up what Schwartz had to say after his epic fist pump, but it is believed that Schwartz yelled this: “Minnesota … f— you!” You gotta love the Schwartz.
- Calvin Johnson is the first player in NFL history to catch two touchdowns in each of his first three games of the regular season. His six touchdown receptions so far mean he is on pace for 32 touchdowns this season. Last week when he was mic’d up, Matthew Stafford joked about the on-pace numbers with Johnson by saying, “32 sounds good.”
- Speaking of Stafford, he is currently on pace to throw for 5,210 yards and 48 touchdowns during the 2011 season.
- NFL Network had a very interesting graphic about how different things were the last time the Lions started 3-0 (in 1980). The president was Jimmy Carter; gas only cost $1.22 a gallon; a postage stamp was only 15 cents; and the DOW Jones average was a mere 964.
- From Matt Barnhart: Stafford’s nine touchdowns in the first three weeks tied him for the franchise record with Milt Plum for the most touchdown passes in the first three games of the season.
- Also from Barnhart: This is the first time the Lions have won four straight road games since they rattled off four in a row from 1969 to 1970.
- And one more from Barnhart: Sunday’s 20-point comeback was the Lions’ third biggest rally in team history and their biggest ever road comeback.
- Two really interesting notes from Michael Schottey on the last time the Lions were 3-0: Gary Danielson was the starting quarterback and only eight of the current Lions players were alive.
- The Minnesota Vikings paid tribute to Tom Kowalski by not filling the seat assigned to him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills did the same thing earlier this month.
- When the Lions play the Chicago Bears two weeks from Monday, they better make sure to track the ball on punts instead of looking strictly at the returner. I say this because on Sunday, the Bears completely faked out the Packers by Devin Hester acting like he was locating the ball. This drew the Packers’ entire cover unit to Hester, but the ball was actually caught on the other side of the field by Johnny Knox. He was able to return the punt with ease for a touchdown, but a questionable holding penalty resulted in the return being nullified. It was a very cool play and it’s something to look out for in the future when teams play the Bears.
Jason Witten speaks with Stuart Scott, Trent Dilfer and Steve Young about the Cowboys win, Tony Romo’s health and rookie kicker Dan Bailey after the Cowboys win over the Redskins
ARLINGTON, Texas — The banged-up Dallas Cowboys won without scoring a touchdown Monday night in the home opener at Cowboys Stadium. It was a gutsy performance and might be a sign of things to come for this team. At the conclusion, Jason Garrett hugged Anthony Spencer, whose strip sack of Rex Grossman sealed the victory.
What it means: The Cowboys won a game without a touchdown. Not from Tony Romo. Not from a running back. But rookie kicker Dan Bailey came up big, making all six of his field goal attempts to give the Cowboys a victory and move them into a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins. Bailey hit from 41, 27, 32, 41 and 23 before nailing what would prove to be the game winner from 40 yards out with 1:47 to play.
Romo toughs it out: Romo was knocked down a handful of times, including several times from the blind side as a result of some poor blocks by left tackle Doug Free. But Romo, who played with fractured ribs, came out of the game OK. He wore a flak jacket and took pain medication. For the night, Romo went 22-of-36 for 244 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. It’s the first time in the last 20 games Romo has not thrown a touchdown pass.
Garrett doesn’t gamble: With 13:10 to play, the Cowboys were faced with a fourth-and-7 from the Washington 41. The Cowboys decided to go for it, but as the play clock ran down, a timeout was called. Then Jason Garrett elected to punt. During the timeout, Romo said something to Laurent Robinson, and Jason Witten spoke to Kevin Ogletree. It’s clear the Cowboys have too many issues between the quarterback and the receivers.
Felix goes over 100 yards: Felix Jones gave the Cowboys their first run of over 10 yards from a running back this season with a 29-yard dash in the third quarter. He added a 40-yard scamper in the fourth. Jones finished with 115 yards on 14 carries and also pitched in three receptions for 40 yards.
Where’s the pass rush?: The Cowboys came into the game leading the NFL with 10 sacks. With 4:14 left, DeMarcus Ware — who was held, pushed and knocked down for most of the night — sacked Grossman. Ware’s sack pushed the Redskins from needing nine yards for a first down to 17. On third down, Ware flushed Grossman out of the pocket, forcing him to throw an incompletion. Of course, Spencer’s sack clinched the game with 28 seconds to play.
What’s next?: The Cowboys host the undefeated Detroit Lions on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
NOTE: Video was removed from ESPN archives
ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo took a pain-killing injection for his fractured rib after the Cowboys’ pregame warm ups.
It didn’t work.
“Not as well as we wanted,” said Romo, who needed another shot just before the game.
The second shot worked well enough to help Romo get through the game. It wasn’t his prettiest performance — 22-of-36 for 255 yards with an interception while his 20-game touchdown pass streak was snapped — but it was successful. After all, the Cowboys won the game despite playing with a young receiver corps.
Romo engineered his second game-winning drive in the last two games and the 11th of his career, a pretty impressive feat for a quarterback playing in pain.
“He had that little drama to go through before he even got out and played the ballgame,” Jerry Jones said. “I’m telling you now, he’s a champ.”