Beason, Thurmond injured in Giants Loss

Beason, Thurmond injured in Giants‘ loss
Thurmond is the Giants’ third cornerback but plays a lot, with teams using three and four wide-receiver sets so frequently. Trumaine McBride stepped in for Thurmond — McBride did play very well last season for the Giants after replacing the injured …
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W2W4: New York Giants
The Giants’ best wide receiver said Tuesday that he thinks the offense will work better if he and Rueben Randle see more targets, so it’ll be interesting to see whether New York runs plays specifically designed to do that. The Giants threw to Jerrel …
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New York Giants Have Resources To Replace Walter Thurmond
The New York Giants are off to a rough start in 2014, starting 0-2 for the second consecutive season. Things aren’t looking any easier for them as Walter Thurmond injured his pectoral on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and will require season …
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Rapid Reaction: New York Giants
What it means: It means an 0-2 start for the second year in a row, and this was a gut-punch loss. The Giants had a 14-10 fourth-quarter lead in their home opener against a Cardinals team playing a backup quarterback, and they handed Arizona the game …
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Cowboys will need more than one formula

IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett likes to say the history of the NFL gets written each week. It’s a poke at the wild week-to-week proclamations made by media and fans after a win or a loss. After the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys’ season was over. Tony Romo’s best days were gone. The defense was not any better. Who will the Cowboys take with the first pick in the 2015 draft? After their Week 2 win against the Tennessee Titans, the Cowboys are now the best ground-and-pound team in the NFL.

Three thoughts on Cowboys’ win

Three thoughts on the Cowboys' 26-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. 1. Tony Romo can give me a million different explanations about why some of his passes wobble or lack zip, and I’m probably not going to believe him. He just doesn’t look right. I’ve seen 109 of the 110 NFL starts he has made in person, and I’ve never questioned whether he had a strong arm. Now, I do. Maybe, he’ll get stronger as the season goes on.

Cowboys banking on Murray’s health

IRVING, Texas -- Through two games, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on pace for 408 carries this season. It's too early to say Murray will challenge Larry Johnson's NFL regular-season record of 416 carries for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. It's probably too early to say Murray will push for Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 377 in 1995. But Murray's 51 carries are the most he has had in a two-game span in his career, and he has never had more than 217 carries in a season.

Jerry likes Romo in complementary role

IRVING, Texas -- You don’t give a quarterback a $108 million contract extension to be a bus driver. But owner and general manager Jerry Jones insists he’ll be pleased if that is his return on investment for Tony Romo’s contract, as long as the Dallas Cowboys keep dominating with the running game. Romo played a complementary role in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, when the Cowboys chewed up 220 yards on the ground, with DeMarco Murray doing most of the damage.

Dallas Cowboys Victory Over Tennessee Titans Is Recipe For Success

The Dallas Cowboys victory over the Tennessee Titans is a recipe for success. DeMarco Murray rushed the ball 29 times for 167 yards leading the Cowboys to a 26-10 butt kicking over the Titans. Did I just say Murray? Yes I did. Isn’t that a different kind of story? Yes it is. Dallas asked Romo to manage the game and to pound the rock and the offensive line opened up the holes and lanes for the Cowboys to rush for 223 yards. WOW! Now that is how you win football games. I said in last weeks article after the loss to the 49ers that this Cowboy offense didn’t have to rely on Tony Romo’s arm any more. The offense proved me right rushing the ball at will against the Titans defensive line on Sunday. Let’s take a look at a few other aspects that got the Cowboys in the win column.

Time of possession was huge for Dallas. The Cowboys possessed the ball for 41 minutes almost two thirds of the game. Romo handed the ball off to Murray for three, Murray for six just using up clock and moving the chains. The most important aspect of having the ball on offense for so long is protecting that defense and keeping them off the field and fresh. The defense was only on the field for 49 snaps on Sunday. Incredible.

In the third quarter the Titans cut the lead to 16-10 on a 61 yard pass play to Delanie Walker. I am sure many Cowboy fans were thinking oh no here we go again. However, not this time. Romo actually led the Cowboys on a 12 play 80 yard drive that resulted in a three yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. Tony actually threw the ball nine times on that 12 play drive that put the game away. I believe it was the biggest drive of the game as the Titans had gained momentum, but Romo made safe throws only taking what the defense gave him and kept getting first downs to make the game a two possession game again. Dallas answered which is what winning teams do when a team is trying to come back from a deficit. Tony Romo and the offense stuck a knife in the Titans hope and I am sure Cowboys Nation was happy that for once it was the other team getting the hope knocked out of them.

Look out folks the Cowboys have a defense. The Titans were held two of ten on third down conversions. I realize that the it is only week two of the season, but clearly this is not the defense of 2013. Demarco Murray had a fumble early in the game and the defense simply bailed him out by sending the Titans offense away with zero points off the turn over. I am not sure when the last time I was able to say that. In my opinion there are two big differences in this defense. One is that Rod Marinelli is the coordinator and the other is Rolando McClain. McClain once again made his presence felt in the game. Unfortunately he was robbed of a touchdown by the referees after they botched the call on his incredible interception blowing the play dead thinking it was an incomplete pass. This defense played with a chip on it’s shoulder all day Sunday. Dallas only had two sacks of Jake Locker, but they mixed up their coverage and blitzes keeping Locker thinking. A thinking Jake Locker is not a good thing for the Titans. Locker threw two interceptions and seemed very aware of the pressure the Cowboys were putting on him. Again it is early, but I can’t help but thinking this defense is only going to get better as the season unfolds.

The Cowboys are now 1-1 on the season. It is too early to start screaming playoffs or division titles or any of that other stuff. This is just one win and there is 14 more games to go. More importantly Dallas used an old recipe to win on Sunday. A recipe that this organization in my opinion had forgotten. Running the ball and controlling the line of scrimmage equals wins. As I said last week the recipe is not a difficult one, but it does take a team effort. Dallas played as a complete team on Sunday. The offense gave up the ball early and the defense stopped the Titans. The defense gave up a 61 yard touchdown and the offense re-took control and the momentum of the game. The win proves that this Cowboy team can play as a team. Now the question is can the Cowboys play as a team consistently and put together a winning streak. Can the Cowboys continue to follow the recipe?

Let me know what you thought were some of the keys to Cowboys’ victory. Tweet me Cowboys Nation @Robsportsguy

Until next time Cowboy fans. How about them Cowboys!

Rob Wash

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Five Wonders: Cowboys CB roles

IRVING, Texas – It's time for Five Wonders as the Dallas Cowboys keep their historic run at four straight 8-8 finishes in place with Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans. In this segment, we'll wonder more about just the final record for the forever .500 Cowboys. Away we go: With Orlando Scandrick due back this week once the NFL and NFL Players Association finalize their agreement on a new drug policy, I wonder what happens to Morris Claiborne.