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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles while on the sideline during an NFL football game at Cowboys Stadium.
Recent public surveys ranked Tony Romo as one of the most disliked players in the NFL. Well, those that dislike him certainly weren’t hanging around the players exit at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.
Following the 44-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills, fans screamed and yelled for the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback as he was attempting to walk to his vehicle. Graciously, Romo signed several autographs and even posed for a photo.
Check out the YouTube video and see what it’s like to be Romo after work.
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While quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray are getting all the headlines, deservedly so for their stellar play in Sunday’s blowout win against the Bills, its the improved play of the team’s offensive line that is the foundation of the Cowboys success of late.
It would be too simple, although somewhat accurate, say the improvement in the line coincided with the return of guard Montrae Holland not only to the team but to the starting lineup.
Holland replaced injured rookie Bill Nagy at left guard giving the Cowboys more bulk and experience up front which was crucial considering that team has first years starters at center and right tackle in Phil Costa and rookie top pick Tyron Smith.
But what’s also work is that the line has had chance to grow and gain some continuity and chemistry.
The Bills game featured the same offensive line playing together for the fourth straight game for the first time all season.
“When a group, any group, any position group is playing together it’s really important because you get a real good feel for each other and the communication you need to have,” coach Jason Garrett said. “There probably is no group on a football team that needs to communicate better than the offensive line. There are a lot of calls they make together and there is a lot of communication that happens right before the snap that they have to be on top of and be on the same page. And so the more times you get the chance to do that in practice and in games, hopefully you’ll get better at it.”
The Cowboys picked up a game on the New York Giants on Sunday. They now are alone in second, one game out of first. Winning the NFC East will be their easiest route to the playoffs.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes it is his team’s only route.
There are six teams with a better record than the Cowboys in the NFC. The Falcons have the same record. The Lions, who will be fighting for a wild-card berth, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas.
Since the current playoff format began in 1990, the NFC East winner has won at least 10 games.
“It’s very early, and I wouldn’t dare to venture what can happen,” Jones said Sunday when asked how many victories it will take to win the East. “I wouldn’t dare to venture. I will say this: We’re going to need to win the division, I think, to get in the playoffs.”
The Giants are the only team left on the Cowboys’ schedule with a winning record.
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett challenged with the task of keeping the ‘boys focused for the next 12 days
IRVING – There is a certain rhythm to the NFL schedule. Teams typically play on Sundays, allowing them plenty of time during the work week to process what happened in the previous game, refocus, and make preparations for their next contest.
But on Sunday, when the Cowboys throttled Buffalo 44-7, they began a stretch in which they play three games in a span of 12 days. This weekend, they will travel to Washington to face the Redskins before returning home for a showdown with Miami on Thanksgiving Day.
If the players and coaches seemed fazed by the challenges presented by their unusually condensed schedule, they didn’t reveal their concerns Monday.
Instead, Cowboys safety Abram Elam said the team is concentrating on its next game and nothing more.
“Really what our focus is on Washington this week and this week will be pretty normal for our players,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett added. “We’ll have a quick turnaround next week getting ready for the Thursday game. But we’ve played in those Thursday games before.
“We feel good about how we prepare for them. But the thing we need to focus on more than anything else is our preparation for Washington.”
A hamstring injury has prevented Tashard Choice from carrying a football in a game since the Cowboys’ 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7. According to Choice, he’ll be back on Sunday — just in time to face his old team.
“I’m playing this week,” Choice said.
Choice, who was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, signed with Washington on Oct. 31 after Dallas released him. In his final game with the Cowboys, the 26-year-old carried twice for eight yards before injuring his shoulder.
Choice, who was listed as questionable last week, was primarily a reserve player in Dallas, rushing for 1,139 yards in 54 games.
Now, he feels healthy and ready to contribute to a Redskins backfield that has been hampered by injuries.
“I felt like I was about ready, but I just had a little doubt,” Choice said. “You don’t want to have that with a hamstring.”
He added: “I’m just going to go in there and play — get behind those guys and run to daylight. I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ve just got to make sure I’m healthy.”
After being notified of his release, Choice tweeted: “I just want to say thanks to all the great dallas cowboy fans. My time in Dallas has come to an end and the best is yet come. God bless.”
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley (16) hangs on to the ball … and his position with the ‘boys special teams.
IRVING, Texas — Following Sunday’s victory over the Buffalo Bills, Cowboys wide receiver/special teamer Jesse Holley was asked about his status with the team. For weeks the Cowboys needed to juggle their roster due to injuries and it appeared Holley might get released.
After catching a 77-yard pass in overtime in the Week 3 victory over San Francisco, Holley has disappeared. He has a total of four catches, including a 25-yarder in the first quarter on Sunday, on the season.
Holley doesn’t worry about the lack of offensive snaps. He’s a punt protector and is among the team leaders on special teams.
“It’s part of the game and you just … I don’t control that,” Holley said. “I can control what I can control and I can keep coming out there with my head down working hard every day in practice doing everything I got to do. They keep trying to find a way to cut me and it ain’t happened yet.”
The Cowboys still value Holley in some fashion or he wouldn’t be here. He can’t return kicks yet has improved as a receiver but not enough where the Cowboys use him on a regular basis.
Special teams is where he makes his living. Holley said he’s inspired by Bill Bates, a long-time special teams ace for the Cowboys in the 1980s and ’90s.
“Bill Bates, 15 years, that’s all I got to say about that,” Holley said. “They tried to cut Bill Bates for 10 years, 12 years. What the hell? Bill Bates 15 years. I can play 10.”