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And then the Dallas Cowboys got in on the 2013 Draft. After trading down with the San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys used their first round pick to get Center Travis Frederick at the 31st spot out of Wisconsin.
After inking QB Tony Romo for a few more million/years, one way to ensure Romo lasts and maybe becomes effective was to strengthen their interior. The only question about this, was why did they take what was largely seen as 3rd round talent in the 1st round? Is this enough for Romo and his injury-prone backfield?
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers got burned in the Super Bowl after Ravens WR Anquan Boldin toasted their secondary. So, this year, the Niners took Boldin from the Ravens, picked up CB Nnamdi Asomugha and now, traded up in the draft with the Dallas Cowboys. Taking Safety Eric Reid out of LSU with the 18th pick, the Niners are utilizing their 13 picks wisely and confidently.
The NFC East, or, Your Annual Sideshow
It’s becoming an annual tradition, if traditions can be painful, comical, entertaining all at once. The NFC East might not always provide the most asthetic brand of football, but for sheer drama it’s hard to find a division that’s provided quantity over quality for more than a decade.
Division winners in order since 2004: Philadelphia, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York.
Parity. Chaos. Always entertaining.
Last year, the Giants and Cowboys squared off in a season ending game for the division. It was suppose to be a meaningless game in the grand scheme of things, the mediocre cream rising to the top, and somehow, the Giants won it all.
That makes about as much sense as this season, where the Giants look likely to be out of the playoffs, even though they’re the owners of signature wins over San Francisco and Green Bay. In Philadelphia, the dream team curse continues and Mike Vick has gone from the subject of an entire ESPN magazine to the inventor of the fumblebrag.
And so, come Sunday, it’s the previously 3-6 Washington Redskins against the perpetually lingering Cowboys team in a winner take all.
The Cowboys — America’s Team by no one’s definition — always flash the potential of a 12-4 team, and yet there’s always a handful of inexplicable, close losses that prevent them from being anything but average (this year: Week 6 at Baltimore, Week 8 vs. Giants, last week vs. Saints). And somehow, Romo’s having another “maybe he can sustain this level of play” stretch and Dez Bryant might be the best wideout in the league, and so, here they are again with a shot at the post-season.
But consider this: Under Romo, the Cowboys have had as many playoff victories as Tim Tebow does. Mark Sanchez has four playoff wins to Romo’s one. Sure, it’s not always on the quarterback, but the franchise has underachieved and made questionable personnel decisions (Roy Williams trade, anyone). In another division, in another league, that means you relegate yourself to irrelevance. Here in the NFC East, you get your shot at redemption every Week 17.
For the Redskins, their coach said it was time to look ahead to next season a month and a half ago, and no one in the fanbase particularly disagreed. But no team has a brighter outlook than Washington, not when RG3 is the man leading the way.
And come Sunday, Griffin III looks to join fellow rookies Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson as playoff qualifiers. It would be a wonderful story, and for that very fact, no one will be surprised if the Cowboys prevent that happy ending from happening.
This is the NFC East, no need for rational arguments here.
"He’s the most dazzling, playmaking quarterback in football. I love watching Romo."
- Jon Gruden, before Romo threw 5 interceptions
Tonight, Tony Romo threw so many interceptions (5), to the Chicago Bears defense, that he just started Tebowing after each one.
Sadly, though he tried, he still remains on the Dallas Cowboys.
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Rob Ryan got a haircut!
So here’s something for those who aren’t the biggest Dallas Cowboys fans.
Basically, the “cowboys.com” domain name was up for sale in 2007. The Dallas Cowboys had won the bid at $275,000, however, the rep for the Cowboys believed their bid to be $275. So when it was time to pay, the Cowboys team declined and they lost the domain name.
Here’s what happened next:
Eventually, the site sold at auction for about $100,000 more than what the Cowboys would’ve paid. Since then, the site has basically gathered dust for five years. But this morning, a press release went out, proclaiming a new mission for Cowboys.com, as a dating site geared toward “gay & straight dating people looking to find themselves a cowboy.”
So yes, if you go to Cowboys.com, you will find yourself in a Gay/Straight Dating site for cowboys. Slick move Jerry Jones.
Getting lit up by a guy named Golden Tate should always hurt.
Overreaction Power Rankings
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Last week: 2
Dallas is tops in the NFL. They have yet to lose a game and own the leagues longest winning streak. They are first place in the tough NFC East and are undefeated in the division. They are road warriors, winning all away contests thus far. Their roster is deep. They have the number one total offense in the league. Boasting the leading passer, rusher and receiver. Kevin Ogletree leads all receivers in yards and touchdowns. They also own the leagues stingiest defense as well as the current sack leader.
Team: New York Giants
Last week: 1
The New York Giants find themselves with the worst record in the league. They rank lowest in the NFL in both offense and defense. Eli Manning owns the worst Passer Rating thus far. The offense is dead last in first downs. Furthermore, the Giants receiving corps has more drops than any other team. The defending champs have yet to win a single game this season.
In the sure to be tight NFC East the Cowboys get started on the right foot with a win over the Giants. Normally, the bigger the stage the more helpless the Romo but Tony did just fine under the bright New York lights. Romo went 22-29 for a total of 307 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
The Big D’s De also stepped up in a big way giving up 269 total yards to the defending champs. The new look Dallas secondary appears much improved. The deadly duo of Cruz and Nicks were kept very quiet (Cruz missing plenty of opportunities on his own).
All that said, DeMarco Murray was the most impressive. No touchdowns but 20 rushes for 131 yards. This man runs hard. Violent collisions every time he crossed into Giants territory. I wouldn’t want the job of bringing him down. If he can stay healthy, DeMarco is going to be a force.
Second verse, same as the first. Two touchdowns for Kevin Ogletree.
Ladies and gentlemen, your week one fantasy waiver wire sweetheart, Mr. Ogletree.