Daily Archives: December 14th, 2013

PICK THE WINNER POLL: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys - Dallas Cowboys schedule 2013 2014

Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas Cowboys schedule 2013 2014

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: The Great Robbini’s predictions for Game #14 | 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers

The GREAT Robbini deep in his Crystal Ball trance - The Boys Are Back blog 2013Regular readers know that The Boys Are Back website features the ALMOST WORLD FAMOUS predictions from The GREAT Robbini. Our “exalted one” predicts the fate of America’s Team with unprecedented precision and accuracy from week-to-week.  Kinda!

Last week, there was a slight hiccup and malfunction issue with his crystal ball. Apparently,  frozen (crystal) balls can lead to some very misleading signals. For safekeeping, he had put his powerful (and awe inspiring) crystal ball in his freezer to prevent his family cat (Katnip Kiffin) from playing with it in the middle of the night. Needless to say, he caused league-wide issues with frozen tundra last weekend! We feel it’s important to inform you that The GREAT Robbini feels personally responsible for the Chilled Cowboys embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears.

This week, The GREAT Robbini has appropriately thawed his balls and envisions a complete contrast in Dallas Cowboys production leading into the matchup with those traveling Packers from Green Bay.

This afternoon, The GREAT ONE was able to sit down and put a seriously powerful rub on his magic ball. I’m told it was so vigorous, that his balls emitted images of a very determined (warm) Dallas Cowboys team and supportive home crowd sportin’ some Christmas magic. Obviously, he’s psyched about the Dallas Cowboys – Green Bay Packers vibe … and ready to share his prognostications that we all count on from week-to-week. Without further delay, it’s time for The GREAT Robbini’s predictions …

The GREAT Robbini’s – 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys game #14 predictions:

Not even I could see last weeks beating coming. Did you? I didn’t think so.

This game should go SLIGHTLY different. we ‘ll still see the 4 Cowboy touchdowns, and a field goal for good measure. This time its enough for a win. Without Sean Lee, the ‘Boys give up points, but the (pissed off) Rodger-less Pack can’t supply an upset. The Cowboys continue an impressive streak at home vs. Green bay.

Predictions for the Texas 2 Defense …

  • 2 takeaways
  • 4 sacks on QB
  • 2 sacks Hatcher
  • 1 sack Ware
  • Fumble recovery Church
  • Carr Interception
  • T2D gives up 310 in the air
  • T2D gives up 80 on the ground

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE - The Great Robbini’s predictions for Game 14 - 2013 2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers mad

Predictions for the offense …

  • Romo 300 yds.
  • Bryant Touchdown
  • Witten Touchdown
  • Murray Touchdown
  • Austin Touchdown
  • Murray/Randall 155 all purpose yards
  • Austin 60 yards
  • Dez 120 yards
  • Williams 60 yards
  • Witten 55 yards
  • Cowboys receive second half kick

The GREAT Robbini

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2013-2014 DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER: Team brings back DE Edgar Jones and releases LB Orie Lemon

2013-2014 DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER - Team brings DE Edgar Jones back and release LB Orie Lemon - Dallas Cowboys roster 2013 2014

IRVING, Texas — Defensive end Edgar Jones rejoined the Dallas Cowboys active roster today after an eight-week absence. The team released linebacker Orie Lemon to make room for Jones on the 53-man roster.

Jones suffered a groin/abdominal strain in the Cowboys’ Sept. 29 loss to San Diego, and he was placed on the reserve/injured list in October with a designation to return. NFL rules allowed Jones to resume working with the team after six weeks, but this weekend’s game against Green Bay was his determined date to be eligible for return to the roster.

“With the rules, I feel like I could have come back earlier than the rules were set for. I kind of felt like, around week six, I was feeling back to myself,” Jones said Wednesday. “The good thing about that rule, though, there wasn’t any rush on it. That was the thing I had to be careful about – not trying to rush it and getting hurt.”

The Cowboys traded their 2014 sixth round draft pick to Kansas City in return for Jones and a 2014 seventh round pick after the preseason. Jones played in all four games during the first month of the season and tallied five tackles.

Lemon joined the team from Arizona’s practice squad following the bye week. He played in five games for Dallas during the 2012 season and notched five tackles, which prompted the Cowboys to sign him while Sean Lee and Justin Durant recovered from hamstring injuries.

During that time span Lemon appeared in two of three games and didn’t record a tackle. 

AROUND THE NFL–HISTORY: Many kickers have tried to break Dempsey’s 63-yard field-goal record

AROUND THE NFL–HISTORY - Many kickers have tried to break Dempsey’s 63-yard field-goal record - NFL Record - NFL History

NFLN: Prater’s NFL-Record 64-Yard FG | Watch Video

Kicker Matt Prater set a new NFL record when he kicked a 64-yard field goal through the uprights at the end of the first half against the Tennessee Titans in Week 14.

Last Sunday, kicker Matt Prater took down Tom Dempsey and the legendary 63-yard field-goal record when he banged a 64-yard attempt through the uprights in Denver.

Dempsey’s regular-season mark stood for exactly 43 years and one month. Three men in history tied the 1970 record: Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2012).

None until Prater could surpass the legend.

No kicker in four decades of football could muster that extra yard to outdo Dempsey. In honor of Matt Prater and all the men who went before him in the valiant effort to kick balls from deep, we give you a look at the failed attempts to break the record.

FG attempts of 64-plus yards
Player Team Date Quarter Length of miss
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 9/28/2008 2 76
Joe Danelo New York Giants 10/28/1979 2 74
Mark Moseley Washington Redskins 11/25/1979 4 74
Fred Steinfort New England Patriots 9/29/1980 2 73
Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers 9/26/2013 2 71
Mark Moseley Washington Redskins 9/2/1979 4 70
Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers 12/28/2008 2 69
John Hall New York Jets 10/19/1997 2 68
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 11/23/2008 2 68
Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs 9/21/1975 2 67
Steve Cox Washington Redskins 12/20/1987 4 67
Ali Haji-Sheikh New York Giants 10/24/1983 4 66
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 12/10/1995 2 66
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 12/13/2009 2 66
Robbie Gould Chicago Bears 12/1/2013 4 66
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams 10/14/2012 4 66
Steve Christie Buffalo Bills 11/2/1992 2 65
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 9/10/2001 2 65
Jason Hanson Detroit Lions 10/14/2001 2 65
John Kasay Carolina Panthers 10/29/2006 2 65
Jeff Reed Pittsburgh Steelers 10/21/2007 2 65
Raul Allegre Baltimore Colts 12/11/1983 4 64
Steve Cox Cleveland Browns 12/2/1984 4 64
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 12/19/1997 2 64
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 10/31/2004 2 64
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 11/4/2007 2 64
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 10/21/2012 4 64

COWBOYS AT&T STADIUM GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE: Dallas Cowboys hope to corral Green Bay Packers in 2013-2014 home game 7 of 8

COWBOYS AT&T STADIUM GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE - Dallas Cowboys hope to corral Green Bay Packers in home game 7 of 8 - Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

    WHAT: Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

    WHEN: Sunday, 3:25 (CST)

    WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

    TELEVISION: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver)

    If you’re one of the fortunate fans to attend tomorrow’s game, here are some things to look for before, during and after the game.

    Did You Know:

    • The roof and the doors are expected to be closed for this game.  Please note that this can change up to 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

      • The key times for Sunday’s game include:

        Parking Lots open at 10 a.m.

        Plazas open at Noon

        Doors open at 1 p.m.

        Kickoff is 3:25 p.m.

      • Ford is the title sponsor for this game and will provide 60,000 Dallas Cowboys Car Flags to fans as they exit AT&T Stadium after the game.

      • Dallas Cowboys Alumni will be signing autographs in the club areas one hour prior to kickoff.

        • Main Club Home : Jay Novacek

        • Main Club Visitors : Rayfield Wright

        • Silver Club Home : John Gesek

        • Silver Club Visitors : Mel Renfro

              *Alumni are subject to change/cancellations. One item/autograph per person. Autographs are not guaranteed. Prohibited items are not permitted inside AT&T Stadium.

              On the Plazas

              Other forms of entertainment will abound at AT&T Stadium.

            • FOX Sports’ Robot, Cleatus, will be taking photos by the Miller Lite East Plaza stage from 12:00-3:00pm.

            • Santa Claus and Reindeer will be taking photos in ‘Santa’s Village’ on the AT&T West Plaza from 12:00-3:00pm – Free for all kids

            • The Dallas Cowboys Center for Dance’s Youth Dancers will be performing on the AT&T West Plaza during pregame.

            • Jana Kramer Band will perform on the AT&T West Plaza at 12:45 and 2:15 pm.

            • Rhythm & Blues Dance Team, Rhythm & Blues Drum Line and Rhythm & Blues Break Boys will each perform on both East & West plaza before the game.

            • There will also be a free Kids Zone, complete with mechanical bull, rock climbing wall and zip line. There will also be NFL Play 60 games, face painting and balloon animals.

            • There will also be giveaways like official game-used merchandise, CD’s, and much more  on each stage in the plazas for games like Karaoke Contest, Ladder Golf, Bag Toss and Dance Contest

            • There will also be Plaza food and beverage discounts:  $2 for 12oz. soda & bottled water; $5 12oz. Miller beer, as well as discounted hot dogs, burgers and sausages.

                    In-Game Entertainment

                  • Trumpeter Freddie Jones will once again perform the national anthem Sunday, as he is scheduled to do for every home game this fall. Jones’ instrumental anthem was wildly popular at the Cowboys’ season opener.

                  • The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will perform the Christmas Spectacular dance show during halftime.

                  • Time Machine will perform during the Post-Game Party on the Main Concourse East Platform.

                          Looking For 20

                          All season long, Cowboys fans attending home games will be hoping for at least 20 points. This year, Papa John’s has partnered with the Cowboys for the ultimate fan promotion. Any game in which the Cowboys get at least 20 points, all fans in attendance will get 50 percent off their entire order the following day at papajohns.com with promo code COWBOYS20. Offer valid for regular-priced menu items and only at participating stores.

                          New Bag Policy

                          Fans are reminded to remember the NFL’s new bag policy, which will be in effect Sunday night and at every Dallas Cowboys home game this season.

                          Only hand-held purses will be allowed into the stadium, along with clear plastic tote bags that do not exceed 12”x6”x12” inches.

                          Items such as backpacks, coolers, large purses, camera bags, diaper bags, fanny packs and seat cushions are not allowed into the stadium under the new NFL safety rules.

                          Traffic and Parking

                        • It’s recommended to use the Dallas Cowboys interactive parking site for all travels to AT&T Stadium.  This website provides the best route from point of origin to the pre-purchased or selected cash parking lot.

                        • The I-30 HOV lane is being converted to a managed toll lane.  As a result, HOV lanes from west of downtown Dallas to the Tarrant County line will not be available.  However, you can access the HOV lane that serves the left exit to Legends/AT&T Way, as it will continue to be open for in-bound and out-bound needs.

                        • Lamar Avenue in Arlington is under construction and has been reduced to one lane from Collins to Ballpark Way.


                              • Tailgating is permitted in designated tailgating spaces located along the perimeter of each of the AT&T Stadium and Rangers parking lots.  The spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

                              • There will be no early admittance into parking lots.

                              • Parking privileges can be revoked at any time for failure to follow parking guidelines.

                              PACKERS VS. COWBOYS GAME PLAN: Dallas defense must defend run with linebacker shuffle | Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 NFL Game 14 of 16

                              PACKERS VS. COWBOYS GAME PLAN - Dallas defense must defend run with linebacker shuffle - Dallas Cowboys schedule 2013-2014 NFL Game 14 of 16

                              IRVING, Texas — Some final gameplan thoughts from scout Bryan Broaddus:

                              Linebacker Shuffle

                              When the news came down that Sean Lee missed practice due to the MRI results of a sprained neck ligament, the wheels were in motion of how the Dallas Cowboys on defense would adjust to his loss for the game against the Packers.

                              In knowing what I know about these linebackers and how these coaches like to play them, look for to start at the Mike, at the Sam or strong side and at the Will or weak side.

                              The Cowboys will also be without the services of , who normally lines up at the Will, but he too will miss the game with a hamstring injury. should be active this week after missing the last several games with a neck issue of his own.

                              The backups for the game will be Holloman, and . is currently on the roster as well but could be a roster spot casualty when defensive end is activated off the injured reserve list.

                              In watching the game Monday, it was clear that when Lee went out of the game, that Bears decided it was the right time to hammer the ball at Sims and the middle of this Cowboys defense, and they did it with great success. I expect the Packers to do the exact same thing with Eddie Lacy in order to try and protect Matt Flynn at quarterback.

                              Going Deep

                              You have heard me say this a lot about watching the Packers — they play with an aggressive set of cornerbacks.

                              Tramon Williams is the best one, in my opinion, over Sam Shields. Both run well, but Williams is the better cover man, and I would expect Dom Capers to try and match him up with . What I have learned over the years in the NFL is if you play against aggressive corners, take some shots on them down the field.

                              The Packers like to play man coverage with their corners and when you do that, double moves and pick routes are great beaters of coverage. This Cowboys offense has played this season with the attitude of taking what the defense gives them, and these corners and the way they play, makes you want to go down the field because there is a chance here for some big plays.

                              I believe you will see these Cowboys receivers in some longer routes if the protection is able to hold up.

                              Running On The Edge

                              Since the Minnesota contest, this Cowboys offense has been an efficient unit when it comes to running the football. The questions of and his inability to find the hole because of his vision issues is now an afterthought.

                              This offensive line and group of tight ends have done a much better job at the point of attack, and Murray has rewarded them for their effort. Against this Packers front, I believe you can run the ball as well, but it is going to have to come more in the form of it going off the tackle than up inside.

                              It’s a 3-4 front that has tremendous size at all three spots along the front. BJ Raji, Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly are strong, massive, powerful defenders that can hold the point of attack, but having them have to move laterally is an issue for them. It’s very difficult to get push on them, so shielding them or staying between them and the ball carrier is the right way to block them.

                              In this type of front, you are going to see some traps, angle blocks and quick hitting plays. There are all points along this offensive line where the ball could hit with Murray, but the most productive will continue to be on that left side with and, where the club has run to the ball in that direction 131 times for an average of 5.1 per carry. 

                              Important Role For Scandrick

                              It was a business decision for both and the Dallas Cowboys on a two year extension that gives him guaranteed money and frees up $4.5 million for the next three years.

                              Scandrick, to his credit, has been playing well and it does add years to a player that is still a young man and should continue to grow as a player. Putting all this behind him, Scandrick will be called on to play a very important role in how this game against the Packers will shake out.

                              The Packers even with Matt Flynn at quarterback will still play a great deal of “11” personnel, which means the Cowboys nickel package will be on the field during that time. Scandrick will have the job of dealing with Jordy Nelson, who is the best Packers receiver, where he does some of his best work.

                              Nelson is one of those guys who doesn’t look like he is moving fast initially, then you see him covering a great deal of ground. He is the best route runner on the Packers and will catch the ball no matter where it is thrown. Nelson is very similar to what we saw with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in his ability to snatch the ball on the move and out of the air.

                              He has outstanding sideline awareness and is a big time threat in the red zone.Scandrick has the quickness to hang with Nelson, but where he can’t give up on him is how he uses his body to physically push off for separation. No matter who is the quarterback for the Packers, Jordy Nelson is the direction in which they look to make a play.

                              Orlando Scandrick needs to make sure he is there so that doesn’t happen.

                              DALLAS COWBOYS SALARY CAP: Orlando Scandrick contract extended through 2018

                              DALLAS COWBOYS SALARY CAP - Orlando Scandrick contract extended through 2018 - Dallas Cowboys roster

                              IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys added another two years to Orlando Scandrick’s contract Friday afternoon.

                              The cornerback, a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008, had been playing on a six-year, $28 million contract that expired after the 2016 season. The new extension adds $9 million in guarantees and secures Scandrick’s services through the 2018 season.

                              In exchange for the guarantees, the deal allows the Cowboys to reduce Scandrick’s compensation and save $4.5 million on the salary cap over the next three seasons.

                              The extension comes at the tail end of what has been a career year for the veteran. Injuries in the Cowboys secondary, most notably to fellow corner Morris Claiborne, have forced Scandrick into extensive duty at both nickelback and outside cornerback.

                              His response to the circumstances has been impressive. With 59 tackles through 13 games, he has already bested his career high of 51. His two interceptions on the season are also a career high. He logged one interception in 2009, 2010 and 2011 before going without one last season.

                              Scandrick is tied with Brandon Carr for the team lead in passes defensed at 14. He is also the lone defensive back on the roster with a sack, which he logged on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 3.

                              The extension keeps Scandrick with the Cowboys until 2019, which currently gives him one of the three longest-running contracts on the roster. Tony Romo and Sean Lee are both under contract until 2020.

                              DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY UPDATE: Sean Lee won’t play Sunday | Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers | 2013-2014 NFL Game 14 of 16

                              Bruce Carter #54 and Sean Lee #50 of the 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys walk down the tunnel to play San Diego Chargers

                              IRVING, Texas – Green Bay’s starting quarterback will be out again, but so too will the Dallas Cowboys defensive quarterback and leader. 

                              Sean Lee had been a limited practice participant all week since straining his neck against the Bears on Monday night, but he was off the field entirely for the first time this week on Friday and will not play in Sunday’s game. The news was discovered not long after the Packers ruled out Aaron Rodgers.

                              In an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Friday, Lee said he was feeling better earlier in the week. He also said there’s still a chance he could play against Washington on Dec. 22.

                              “The plan is to rest and hopefully reevaluate early next week,” Lee said. “Early in the week I was getting better and feeling healthier and healthier, so that’s why I was gung-ho on being ready to play this week. Hopefully that’s a good sign, meaning that I’m going to continue to improve this week and continue to improve next week and get reevaluated. Hopefully we’ll know pretty soon when I’ll be back. Obviously, it’s extremely frustrating.”

                              Lee said after Thursday’s no-pads practice he would try to fight through the injury. But after checking with doctors between Thursday’s practice and Friday morning’s practice, he was deemed incapable of going back on the field this week.

                              “He worked through yesterday’s practice on a fairly limited basis,” head coach Jason Garrett said before Friday’s practice. “He was in there a lot, but some of the other guys were getting some action as well. That happened the other night in the ballgame where it was a neck type issue. He’s as tough a guy as there is. We talked about (Jason) Witten, and Sean Lee’s cut from the same cloth.”

                              Garrett said Lee’s injury is similar to anyone’s in that they’ll try to predict how he can handle it with physical exams and scans and based off what the player’s saying and how he’s reacting. He said he’d see how Lee felt Friday, but evidently the news wasn’t positive.

                              Lee described the injury as more muscle related than nerve related and said there wasn’t necessarily a specific protocol he had to pass in order to play this weekend. But he also said he’d continue to get tested throughout the week and go through scans.

                              Clearly, the doctors saw something they weren’t comfortable with. The injury to the neck comes immediately after Lee missed two games with a hamstring injury.

                              Bruce Carter, Dwayne Harris and Morris Claiborne were also off the field at Friday’s practice.

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