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How Has Tony Romo Fared Against 2016 Opponents?

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The offseason is the perfect time to conduct research and make some discoveries about your favorite team. Normally when you make these discoveries, you want to find some way to relate them to how great your favorite team can be in the upcoming season.

Personally, as a Dallas Cowboys fan, I am a habitual "Kool-Aid" drinker in July. Despite the suspensions, the injury and depth concerns, and the overall problems with the roster, I am all hands on deck and ready for a playoff run.

Because, as a fan, isn't that how you're supposed to act as long as you're within reason?

Last week my quest for Cowboys optimism led me to examine how teams with weaker projected strength of schedules fared during that same season. Not surprisingly the easier your schedule was, the more likely it was for you to win games. Lucky for us, the Cowboys have only the 27th strongest schedule in the NFL this season.

This week, I examined the Cowboys schedule a little closer, looking at how the Cowboys have fared against each team when Tony Romo was at the helm. We all know how important Romo is to this team, so comparing the Cowboys raw overall record against these 16 opponents without controlling for the Romo factor wouldn't show us much at all.

The findings were pretty positive.

Tony Romo only has a regular season losing record against four of this season's opponents.

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a first down against the New Orleans Saints in the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Of course he only has a losing record against six teams in the entire league so the odds were that he would be playing teams that he normally beats, but it is still an interesting point to make.

Out of these opponents, the Baltimore Ravens are the only one which he is winless against (0-2). The first loss coming during the final game at Texas Stadium, a game which still kills me to this day, and the second loss coming in 2012 in a 31-29 heartbreaker.


Damn, Jacoby Jones.

Against the other three teams-the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears- Romo-led teams are a combined 7-9 (including playoff games against Detroit and Green Bay). Unfortunately, Romo has not beaten the Packers since 2008, though he has recent victories over both the Bears and Lions.

Outside of those 4 teams, and the NFC East, Romo is a combined 11-5 against the Cowboys 2016 opponents.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is introduced before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Monday, October 27, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys in overtime, 20-17. (AP Photo/James D Smith)

This mark includes a 4-0 record against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a 2-1 record against the San Francisco 49ers, a 2-2 record against the Minnesota Vikings, and 6-2 record against all AFC North teams not named the Ravens.

Then we have the divisional foes, which Romo has owned ever since he got the chance to start in the league. Tony Romo has a winning record of 33-25 against the entire division, including 11-9 against the New York Giants, 11-7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and 11-9 against the Washington Redskins.

Not too bad if you ask me.

What does this all mean?

Well, to be honest, it might mean absolutely nothing. Projecting how a particular team or player will perform in the next season solely based on past games can often get you into trouble. But, when you look at teams like Tampa Bay and Cleveland, who have never beaten Romo, I do think the historical trend means something. Romo has succeeded against these teams in the past, and for the most part, we should expect him to continue to do so this season.

So here's that glass of Cowboys' Kool-Aid, please enjoy it with me.


Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

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With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

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BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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