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Cowboys tight end made the most of his opportunities on Sunday and recorded a solid day for his fantasy owners. Witten hauled in a 59 yard touchdown pass that momentarily gave the Cowboys a 24-17 lead in a game that they would eventually win in overtime. Witten finished with three catches and 85 yards including his touchdown.
Witten remains an automatic start at the tight end position each week and NumberFire projected him as one of the top 3 starts at his position for Week 11 just behind Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski. Witten made the most of his chances catching a pass on each of his three targets.
For the season, Witten has 49 receptions for 585 yards and four touchdowns. Witten has at least three catches in every game he has played in this season. His 85 yards on Sunday were the most he has had since Week 4 against the Lions.
Prior to the game, NumberFire rated Dallas rookie running back as the fourth best option at running back this week. However, the rookie ball carrier still got plenty of touches but failed to find a lot of running room finishing with 25 carries for 73 yards or just a 2.9 per carry average. Murray was also kept out of the end zone in Week 11.
With Dallas trailing in the second half, the Cowboys found success through the air totaling just under 300 yards and three touchdowns in the overtime victory over the Redskins.
Fantasy owners can hardly complain about the slow day from Murray who has been solid while filling in for Felix Jones. In his five starts, Murray has topped the 100 yard mark three times including a franchise record 253 yards in his first start against the Rams. On the season, Murray has over 700 yards rushing despite seeing limited touches during the first five games of his rookie season.
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant didn't overwhelm anyone with his three catch, 68 yard performance but he did find his way into the end zone to give his fantasy owners some needed points for their teams.
Most of Bryant's damage came in the first quarter when he hauled in a 22 yard scoring pass from quarterback Tony Romo that gave the Cowboys a 7-0 lead. Romo had a solid day throwing the ball but spread the wealth among his receivers with Laurent Robinson and Jason Witten also catching touchdowns.
Bryant was targeted eight times by Romo which was good for second most on the team behind Robinson's 11. This was the second straight game that Bryant has caught a touchdown and has totaled at least 68 yards in each of his last three games.
On the season, Bryant has 32 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns.
Romo turned in his solid performance despite being without the services of one of his top offensive weapons in wide receiver Miles Austin who was out with an injury. In his absence, Romo spread the wealth among his receivers with Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson all catching touchdown passes.
The solid performance by Romo marks the first time in the last five games that the Dallas QB delivered a solid performance against the Redskins. Romo's three touchdowns on Sunday nearly eclipsed the total (4) he had in the last five match ups against Washington. His 292 passing yards also was more yards than he had thrown for in any of the previous five meetings.
Washington won the coin toss and received the ball at the start of overtime, but failed to capitalize on their good fortune. Graham Gano, though, failed to connect on a 52 yard field goal attempt, setting up the Cowboys with prime field position.
Taking over at his own 42 yard line, Tony Romo immediately put the Cowboys in Redskins territory, completing a first down pass to Martellus Bennett for 14 yards. Two plays later on 3rd-and-15, Romo connected with Dez Bryant on a 26 yard pass to Washington's 23 yard line. The Cowboys played it safe from there, running the ball up the middle twice before attempting a 39 yard field goal on third down. Bailey's kick nearly sailed wide right, but stayed true, giving the Cowboys a much needed 27-24 win.
Dallas had difficulty establishing the running game, managing only 89 yards on the ground on 32 carries. DeMarco Murray led the team with 73 yards on 25 carries, averaging 2.9 yards per rush.
Romo, though, was excellent, completing 23-of-37 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59 yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten. Romo completed passes to nine different receivers, with Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson also hauling in touchdown passes.
Dallas survived Rex Grossman's near heroics. Grossman led the Redskins on touchdown drives at the end of both the first and second halves. Donte Stallworth was the recipient of a four yard touchdown reception from Grossman with just 14 seconds left on the clock, tying the game at 24 and sending it into overtime.
With the win, Dallas improves to 6-4 on the season, remaining in second in the NFC East. Dallas trails the New York Giants now by half a game, as the Giants put their 6-3 record on the line on Sunday night against the desperate Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys will have little time to celebrate the victory, as they now must prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving day.
Rex Grossman and the Washington Redskins just won't go away. Grossman hooked up with Donte Stallworth on four yard touchdown pass with just 14 seconds remaining on the clock, tying the game at 24 against the Cowboys.
Stallworth's touchdown capped off a 12 play, 89 yard drive, which took 5:21 off the clock in the fourth quarter. Dallas had scored 14 unanswered points until the touchdown by Stallworth.
Grossman, who had thrown an interception on the first pass of Washington's last drive, has now thrown two touchdown passes while completing 20-of-32 passes for 237 yards.
Washington has failed to get a running game going, managing just 58 yards on 22 carries. Still, Grossman has found a way to burn Dallas' defense at the end of both halves.
Rob Ryan's defense will have no margin for error as the game heads into overtime.
Jason Witten and Tony Romo connected on a 59 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, giving the Cowboys the lead for the first time since the second quarter. The touchdown strike gave Dallas a 24-17 roughly midway through the fourth quarter, and also represented 14 unanswered points by the Cowboys.
Romo has now completed 21-of-33 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns, without turning the ball over. Romo has completed passes to nine different Cowboys receivers as well.
Laurent Robinson hauled in a touchdown pass for the fourth consecutive game, drawing the Cowboys even with the Redskins at 17 in the fourth quarter. The touchdown pass capped off a 14 play, 61 yard drive that took 6:24 off the clock.
Robinson and quarterback Tony Romo have seemingly been out of sync, as Robinson has received 10 targets, but has only recorded four receptions thus far. Romo and Robinson, though, managed to come through on a pivotal third and goal play to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
Dallas' defense will look to force Washington to a three-and-out, as the Cowboys look to regain the lead in the fourth quarter.
Someway, somehow, Rex Grossman has given the Washington Redskins a 14-10 lead into halftime over the Dallas Cowboys. Grossman has led the Redskins on scoring drives on each of their last two possessions, scoring 14 unanswered points to take the lead late in the second quarter.
Dallas jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, after Tony Romo connected with Dez Bryant on a 22 yard touchdown strike on Dallas' second possession of the game. The Cowboys inherited great field possession on that drive, taking over deep in Redskins territory following a Fred Davis fumble.
Unlike last week's touchdown-fest against the Bills, Dallas' offense has stalled out, failing to get into the endzone again in the first half. Dan Bailey drilled a 37 yard field goal to give Dallas a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, accounting for the rest of Dallas' first half offense.
Despite looking like a J.V. quarterback, Rex Grossman led the Redskins on a pair of touchdown drives to end the first half. Grossman was involved in both touchdowns, as he scrambled for a four yard touchdown run to cut Dallas' lead to 10-7 before connecting with Jabar Gaffney on a 16 yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the second quarter, giving the Redskins a 14-10 lead.
Dallas' offense will need to make adjustments and finish drives with touchdowns, or else the Cowboys will be in serious danger of dropping to 5-5.
An eight play, 33 yard drive ended with points for the Cowboys in the second quarter, as Dan Bailey drilled a 37 yard field goal to extend Dallas' lead to 10-0 in the second quarter over the Washington Redskins.
Dallas' offense isn't as dominant as it was last week, but the Cowboys have still managed to take a two score lead. Tony Romo is 8-of-13 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown. DeMarco Murray leads Dallas in receptions, hauling in four passes for 19 yards. Dez Bryant, unsurprisingly, leads Dallas in receiving yardage, with two receptions for 42 yards -- with 22 of those yards coming on a first quarter touchdown reception.
Dallas' defense has been excellent, as Rex Grossman has started the game 2-of-6 passing for two yards. Four Redskins have carried the ball thus far, accounting for 19 yards on six rushes.
Rob Ryan's defensive unit will look to keep Washington's offense in check following the ensuing kickoff.
Another week, another touchdown reception from Dez Bryant. In case you missed the 22 yard touchdown reception, or just want to see it again, here's video of Bryant's touchdown reception, which has given Dallas an early 7-0 lead over the Redskins.
Bryant and the rest of Dallas' offense look like they could be primed for another big day in Washington.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it wasn't on the first possession as it was last week against the Bills, when the Cowboys scored on each of their first four possessions. Dallas' first drive looked promising, but the Cowboys were forced to punt after a nine play, 45 yard drive stalled out in Washington territory.
Dallas, though, took over deep in Washington territory following a Fred Davis fumble, and took advantage with the touchdown strike.
The Cowboys are set to enter the tilt against the Redskins as seven-point road favorites today in Washington. At least according to the Las Vegas Hilton courtesy of the website Vegas Insider. The line opened at 7 and has remained constant during the week; indicating no shift due to uneven betting on either side. The over/under has remained constant at 41.5 as well. The betting public seems to indicate that Vegas had this spread right on the money.
I normally run this column on Blogging The Boys, but after my last week, I'm switching it up to see if the scenery changes the mojo a bit.
The Cowboys are 2-1 ATS on the road this year, 2-2 Over/Under. Overall for the year, they are 4-4-1 ATS and 4-5 Over vs Under. Washington on the other hand is 1-3 ATS at home as well as Over vs Under while at Fed Ex. Dallas has won 21 of the last 28 meetings, straight up between the two clubs, but is just 5-4 ATS in the team's last nine meetings. Washington has in fact gone 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between the two teams. That would seem to indicate a close battle. The Under has won in 6 of the last 9 meetings between the two clubs.
When on the road, Dallas totals 44.8 so far this season. On the flip side, Washington totals 37.0 points per game. The middle ground puts you at 40.9 points per game between the two, hence the Over/Under set at 41.5.
I see this game playing out more along the lines of how the Cowboys want to be played, with an explosive offense taking it's circus on the road. I don't think the Redskins will have an answer for DeMarco Murray and that Felix Jones' return will offset playing without Miles Austin again.
Prediction: Dallas 27 - Washington 10. Straight Up: Dallas. ATS: Dallas -7 O/U: The Under.
Here's a look at the rest of the games on this weekend's schedule. Don't forget to follow me on twitter for live in-game tweeting on @BloggingTheBoys.
|NY Jets @ Denver||T820p||BRONCOS||6||Jets||39||Jets||Jets||Under|
|Buffalo @ Miami||1p||Bills||2||DOLPHINS||43||Bills||Bills||Over|
|Cincinnati @ Baltimore||1p||Bengals||7||RAVENS||40.5||Ravens||Ravens||under|
|Jacksonville @ Cleveland||1p||Jaguars||PICK'EM||BROWNS||34.5||Jaguars||Browns||Over|
|Oakland @ Minnesota||1p||Raiders||1.5||VIKINGS||45.5||Raiders||Raiders||Over|
|Carolina @ Detroit||1p||Panthers||7||LIONS||47||Lions||Lions||Under|
|Tampa Bay @ Green Bay||1p||Bucs||14||PACKERS||48.5||Packers||Packers||Over|
|Dallas @ Washington||1p||REDSKINS||7||Cowboys||41.5||Cowboys||Cowboys||Under|
|Arizona @ San Francisco||405p||Cardinals||9.5||49ERS||40.5||49ers||Cardinals||Over|
|Seattle @ St. Louis||405p||Seahawks||3||RAMS||39.5||Seahawks||Seahawks||Under|
|Tennessee @ Atlanta||415p||Titans||6.5||FALCONS||44||Titans||Falcons||Over|
|San Diego @ Chicago||415p||Chargers||4.5||BEARS||45||Chargers||Chargers||Under|
|Philadelphia @ NY Giants||830p||Eagles||6||GIANTS||45||Giants||Giants||Over|
|Kansas City @ New England||M835p||Chiefs||15||PATRIOTS||46.5||Patriots||Patriots||Under|
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray has taken over the starting roll since Felix Jones has been out the past four games with an ankle injury. Jones is active for Sunday's game, but he will be the backup and return kicks, so for those who grabbed Murray will reap the rewards since he has supplanted Jones as the starting running back.
Murray has been exceptional in Felix Jones' absence and also established a franchise record for most yards in a single game with his 253-yard outburst against St. Louis in Week 7. That output matched Felix Jones' total for the season before an injury has forced him to miss the past four games. He is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Redskins, but in a secondary role to Murray, who has three 100-yard games in the past month. His predecessor Jones has had just two such outings in his 41-game career. Fantasy owners should continue to view Murray as a No. 1 Fantasy RB for Week 11.
Jones could eat into some of Murray's carries, but it is not expected to be too many and that is why numberFire projectsMurray as the fourth best running back this week.
Heres are numberFire's complete Week 11 running back projetions:
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sat down with NFL Network's Michael Irvin this morning, in anticipation of the 1pm EST tilt against rival Washington. Quiet as kept, Romo has now thrown for 16 touchdowns against only seven interceptions on the season. The televised interview wasted no time in getting down to the core of the overall argument made against Romo; nice stats, but can he win.
Irvin: "You're setting a lot of records, with the Cowboys. You're setting NFL records... what does this mean to you?"
Romo: "It's about winning. It's about winning and losing, and my positions judged by that. Thats really what it comes down to so... they really don't hold [a] huge place in that regard. I mena obviously the better stats you have, usually your team is playing better so that's a good sign."
Romo also spoke to the fact that he had forgotten how great it feels to play without the protective vest and the numbing shots he has taken every game since a Week 2 rib injury suffered at the hand of the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers. Romo returned after halftime to lead a great comeback victory; the lone blemish on the Niners record.
Romo also addressed the infamous criticism lobbied at him by another NFL Network analyst, Hall Of Famer Deion Sanders. After the come-from-ahead loss to the Detroit Lions, Sanders blasted Romo saying that he could never lead a team to a championship.
Romo: "Deion never played quarterback in the National Football League, so his comments are based off the other side of the ball. If you play my position and criticism can really affect you and hurt you and make you play differently, then you're only gonna be around for so long anyway. The whole objective is to keep getting better. Keep finding ways to improve, and if your talented enough and good enough, you will lead your team to the Super Bowl. That will happen around here, it will."
Swagger and confidence. Those are important as well.
The Dallas Cowboys have already announced starting wide receiver Miles Austin out in today's matchup against the Washington Redskins with a hamstring injury. Replacing Austin will once again be Laurent Robinson, last week Robinson stepped up big for Dallas with two touchdowns. Also, backup quarterback Jon Kitna did not make the trip to Washington and Stephen McGee is now the backup for Sunday's game.
Washington will be without wide receiver Santa Moss which will hurt an already supbar passing offense for the Redskins. The other key player out for Washington is hard hitting safety LaRon Landry who is sidelined with an achilles injury.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to have a big game this week against the Washington Redskins. Romo will be without wide receiver Austin Miles who is out with a hamstring injury, but last week Laurent Robinson stepped in for Miles and connected well with Romo as he had 73 yards and two touchdowns.
NumberFire has Romo as a medium risk and project a swing in points of 6.52 which puts Romo's scoring between 9.78 - 22.82 points.
Dallas QB Tony Romo has not been sharp over his last five games against Washington, his Week 11 opponents. Romo has just four TD passes over that span with five interceptions and has never topped 286 passing yards. Earlier this season in Dallas, Romo went 22 for 36 for 255 yards against the Redskins with no TD passes and one pick. That said, Romo was playing with rib and lung injuries, which have since healed.
In the last two games, the Dallas Cowboys have started to establish themselves in the way that quality teams should. They've dominated inferior opponents, beating the Seattle Seahawks by 10 points, and the Buffalo Bills by 37. Championship caliber teams blow out inferior opponents. If the Cowboys want to be considered amongst the best teams in the league, they need to continue their recent trend by establishing a real winning streak; something they haven't done since the end of the 2009 season.
Every one still remembers the atrocity that was 2010, no need to rehash that misery. Dallas won two games in a row last year just once, the first two games of the Jason Garrett era. In 2009, Dallas won four games in a row on two occasions. In the middle of that season, they reeled off wins over Kansas City, Atlanta, Seattle and Philadelphia. They followed that with a late season run that featured victories over the Saints, Redskins and back-to-back victories over the Eagles.
Notice that three game sweep of Philly? Oh, the good-ol' days.
The Washington Redskins are a downtrodden franchise. The early season bravado they displayed has left, replaced by a disappointing defeatist attitude that has them paying more attention to the collegiate game and draft prospects than looking to win another game this season. If Dallas wants to be considered a top tier team, they must continue their upswing and lay a classic beat down to today's opponent.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant looks to be a good start this week for your fantasy football team as he is projected to be a top-10 player this week. However, Bryant will be without fellow starting wide receiver Miles Austin who is out again for this week, and with that numberFire feels that Bryant is a high risk play. They predict Bryant to score 10.72 points but could see him score anywhere from 4.06 - 17.38 against the Washington Redskins.
According to numberFire they have Bryant listed as the seventh best play for a wide receiver this week, but it is extremely close the No. 5 to No. 9 spot as those players are separated by less than one point in the projections.
Another week, another set of NFL picks from the staff at SB Nation Dallas.
Dallas tries to sweep the season series from rival Washington when the two teams face off Sunday from Fed Ex Field in
Kentland Raljon Landover, Maryland.
The Washington Redskins head into Dallas this Sunday with a losing streak and a number of players limping. Washington has 12 players on its injury report for Week 11.
Wide receiver Santana Moss will be out for the game, so there's no help for Washington's already anemic passing attack in his case. And hard-hitting safety LaRon Landry is questionable with an Achilles injury, though he did practice on Friday.
Here's the Redskins injury report for Week 11:
Austin and Jenkins are each out for the NFC East rivalry game with the Redskins on Sunday with hamstring injuries. Austin's injury has led to the emergence of receiver Laurent Robinson, who has 13 catches for 208 yards and four touchdowns in the Cowboys' last three games, while Jenkins' injury has left the Cowboys without one of their best cover corners.
The good news for Dallas is that linebacker Sean Lee is probable for Week 11. Lee returned from injury in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, but made just three tackles, well under his season averages.
Here's the rest of the Cowboys injury report for Week 11:
OUT: Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring), fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness).
DOUBTFUL: Quarterback Jon Kitna (back).
PROBABLE: Linebacker Sean Lee (wrist), punter Mat McBriar (left foot).
In Week 3 of the season, Dallas beat Washington at home 18-16, as rookie kicker Dan Bailey knocked down six field goals, bailing out an offense that couldn't find the end-zone.
But the emergence of DeMarco Murray in recent weeks has energized the team, allowing them to place less pressure on Tony Romo and a young offensive line and helping them be more efficient in the red zone.
The Cowboys will look to attack the line of scrimmage against a Redskins team which gives up 120.4 yards rushing a game, 18th in the NFL. However, their ground game will look different this week, as RB Felix Jones is expected to play while FB Tony Fiametta is out.
Washington, meanwhile, has flamed out since coming out of their bye in Week 5 at 3-1. The Redskins have lost five straight games while alternating between Rex Grossman and John Beck at QB, neither of whom have done much of anything.
Their rushing attack, averaging only 86.7 yards a game, 31rst in the NFL, hasn't helped either. Tim Hightower, the team's leading rusher, has only 321 yards on the ground this season.
With Washington's offense struggling, the over/under for Sunday's game is only 41.
The Dallas Cowboys' injury report looks a lot like it did on Wednesday. Miles Austin and Mike Jenkins remain out while Felix Jones was limited again. Linebacker Sean Lee was a full participant again on Thursday and should play on Sunday. Lee returned to action last week against the Buffalo Bills.
Felix Jones again looks like he could see his first action since being injured way back on October 16 against New England. Since that time, Demarco Murray has established himself as the starter and has rushed for more than 130 yards in the Cowboys' last two games.
|Miles Austin, WR||Hamstring||DNP||DNP|
|Tony Fiammetta, FB||Illness||LP||DNP|
|Montrae Holland, G||Illness||DNP|
|Mike Jenkins, CB||Hamstring||DNP||DNP|
|Felix Jones, RB||Ankle||LP||LP|
|Jon Kitna, QB||Back||DNP|
|Kyle Kosier, G||Foot||DNP||LP|
|Sean Lee, LB||Wrist||FP||FP|
|Mat McBriar, P||Foot (left)||FP||FP|
Landry, the safety from LSU, missed Wednesday's practice with an Achilles' injury, per the Redskins' official Twitter feed reports. Landry's been dealing with the achilles' injury for over the past week, but he was fit enough to play last Sunday, recording seven tackles against Miami.
Like Landry, Fletcher also played through a nagging injury, the hamstring, last week and also recorded seven tackles. The veteran linebacker has been in the league a long time, so this should be considered a day of rest for Fletcher, and should be on the field ready to go Sunday versus Dallas.
Here is the Wednesday injury report for the Washington Redskins:
Did Not Participate in Practice
Limited Participation in Practice
Full Participation in Practice
Incumbent starting tailback Felix Jones was on the practice field Wednesday in a limited capacity. Jones had been out of service for the Cowboys after suffering a high ankle sprain versus the New England Patriots on October 16th. In the last four weeks, rookie Demarco Murray has stepped in and performed admirably, rushing for 601 yards in his last four games.
Will Felix getting his starting spot back, or is he the change-of-pace back that he was a few years ago with Mario Barber serving as the lead ball-carrier? We'll find out soon as the Cowboys face their NFC East rival Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Here is full injury report for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday:
Did Not Participate in Practice
Limited Participation in Practice
Full Participation in Practice
The Dallas Cowboys should be getting former starting running back Felix Jones back this week from injury for their divisional matchup with the Washington Redskins. Jones, who has been sidelined for the last four weeks with a high ankle sprain, should be ready to go according to Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett. via espn.com
We just want to get (Jones) back into action," Garrett said Monday. "He's been a really good football player for us the past few years, a dynamic player both in the run game and the pass games. We just want to get him some touches."
The Cowboys have won two in a row and trail the New York Giants by just one game in the NFC East division.
Two teams headed in opposite directions square off in Week 11, as the Dallas Cowboys head on the road to take on the Washington Redskins in another NFC East showdown.
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