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Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys Defeat Kansas City Chiefs




It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t flashy. It surely wasn’t what we expected, but the Cowboys pulled off the win against the winless Kansas City Chiefs. The game looked like it was getting out of hand as the Cowboys fell early 10-0 to the Chiefs, who only had 8 yards of offense at that time. It would take a Second half for the Cowboys to take off.

As the kickoff boomed, the Cowboys seemed to be a different team. The defense was stout, and the offense finally got something rolling. The Chiefs were able to keep up though, tying it up with 20 seconds left on the clock. In overtime, it was the impressive Miles Austin that took the ball 60 yards for the game winning TD.

Impressive Headlines:

1) Jay Ratliff’s Blocks field goal to keep the game tied up.

2) Tashard Choice runs 36 yards for a TD, sparks the running game.

3) Miles Austin’s 2 TD grabs for distances of 59 and 60 yards insures Dallas win.

4) DeMarcus Ware registers 2 sacks.

5) Tony Romo, silences critics with a QB passer rating of 113 throwing for 351 yards and 2 td’s.

6) Defense continues to get better, a sign of good things to come.

Needs some work:

1) Penalties- The Cowboys had 13 penalties for 90 yards.

2) Fourth Quarter Defense- This is the second time that the Cowboys let a team drive at the end of the game to take control

3) Getting the passing game more then 1 dimensional- We need to work on getting everyone involved and not being predictable.

Game Ball:

1) Miles Austin- Miles set a franchise record with 10 receptions for 250 yards and 2 TD’s

2) Tony Romo- A great performance after a week of scrutinty.

3) Demarcus Ware- 2 sacks… Finally

Heating Up:

These players are beginning to heat up on the field

1) Anthony Spencer- Spencer looked great today, pressuring the quarterback and being involved on plays.

2) Keith Brooking- The mans been a monster since coming over via Free Agency.

3) Tashard Choice- He’s becoming a home run threat.

4) Jay Ratliff- He's having another Pro Bowl Caliber season

5) DeMarcus Ware- His 2 sacks today, quite possibly mean he's figured it out again.

Final Word:

I guess I expected this game to be a bit of a blow out. However, I wont complain with the result, a win is a win. The Cowboys made more mistakes then a team who expects to win, should. The Bye week is here and there is much to be worked on, but a win gives confidence to a team that needs it with Atlanta coming to town.

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  • Joe

    Didn’t get to watch the game live, had to use NFL for play-by-play. The penalties were killing me, esp. I think in the 3rd or 4th quarter. When it was basically back-to-back-to-back penalties on both the Chiefs then the Boys. I really hope NFL Replay shows this game later in the week. So I can give my .02 cents too. But what I saw from the play-by-play and then the last minutes that was shown on FOX, this offense looks to finally be getting things together. But like you said, this Bye Week will def. help us figure more things out and prepare for that lethal Falcons offense, we all know our D needs it.

    How bout em.

  • miz.thang

    Now I’ve been a what I call a true fan all my life. Every since I found out,heard about, and watched on T.V. The Dallas Cowboys has always been the team I choose. I do not have a second team. If you have a second team, you’re not a true fan. Any ways back to the point, I strongly beleive if Mr.Jones Jerry or Steven, Either or I really think Steven can do this job quicker than Jerry. Now Mr. Steven Jones. I personaly think that you would start some new stuff on the field. Than we would’nt have so many penilties on the field. Now I suggest that you start to FINE whoever get a stupid call on them. $10.000 dollars for each penilty they get. I bet the team won’t get as many. And the same player will not keep making the same mistake. That keep setting us back yards or give the other team extra yards. I just wanted to bring that to your attentiion. Mr. Jones. Thank You
    Ms.Wanda H.

  • Joe

    After watching the game on NFL Replay, all I have to say is the refs must be coming down with Glaucoma. On the final drive for the Boys before the half, there was an obvious HORSECOLLar, no call. A few plays later it was helmet to helmet on Romo, NO CALL. THEN on the other side of the ball they were throwing all kinda of BS calls against us, especially that killer penalty on Ball (I think?) The unnecessary roughness I believe was the call (helmet to helmet) but clearly it was his shoulder that drove him in. Whatever, besides those and the NUMEROUS penalties that racked up 90 yards. I have to say Romo looked good in this game, he was perfect up until he barely missed Austin in the end zone. Our D looked pretty stout, esp. against the run. Only thing they need to work on is still the secondary/LB’s in coverage. But I think this bye week more things will get squared away and they will be ready for the Falcons. I can’t wait.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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