For the first time in over a decade, Tony Romo will not be the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
Okay, well, that's not totally true as Romo did miss the game in 2010 due to a broken collarbone, and the immortal Jon Kitna started in his place. Still, if he was healthy, Tony would have started. This is the first time since 2005 that he is not the guy on Thanksgiving, which seems like a pretty big deal.
As well all know, rookie Dak Prescott will be starting in his place, trying stake his claim as the rookie of the year while winning the team's 10th straight game in his holiday debut. Dak has some big shoes to fill, however, if he wants to match his current backup's Thanksgiving debut.
Almost 10 years ago to the exact day (it was really 11/23 not the 24th) Tony Romo shredded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for a franchise record 5 touchdowns and 306 yards on 22/29 passing en route to a dominant 38-10 win. Romo finished the game with a near perfect passer rating, 148.9, and the Cowboys improved to a 7-4 record.
Ironically, Romo was not supposed to be the starter for this game when training camp opened, the same way Dak was not supposed to be the starter this year. Stuff happens. Now, we hope that Dak can put on a show the way that Tony did, because we all know that the kid has it in him.
The great Brad & Charlie call Tony Romo's first thanksgiving game. His record breaking five touchdown game vs Tampa Bay.
For those of you who feel nostalgic, like me, when watching Tony stand on the sidelines or even when thinking back to when he was the young quarterback filling in for the old veteran, I urge you to watch this video.
This nostalgia got me thinking about other classic Thanksgiving day games, specifically ones against this Thursday's opponent, the Washington Redskins.
The first place my mind went was back to 2002, when the Cowboys got their last glimpse of a great Emmitt Smith. Smith, playing with some extra motivation against Washington coach Steve Spurrier, rushed for 144 yards, the most he had in a single game since the 1990's.
The most memorable highlight of the game came from safety Roy Williams, however, who returned an interception for a touchdown to cut Washington's lead to 3 points.
Roy Williams with his biggest play of his rookie season. Pick six.
The Cowboys defense held Washington scoreless the rest of the way, and the offense rode Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith to victory.
Of course, this week's game with Washington has some added importance. Despite being 9-1, the Cowboys are still very much in jeopardy of not winning the NFC East. At 6-3-1 Washington is making a push, and the New York Giants still sit just two games behind. The Cowboys need to win this game, and put Washington's division hopes to bed once and for all.
Hopefully, they can make some more Thanksgiving memories, and leave us all with a happy feeling to celebrate the holiday with.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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