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.
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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