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The Dallas Cowboys will face the San Francisco 49ers at 7 p.m. (central) on Sunday night.
Below are a few stories from the past week.
The Cowboys will face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday evening at Levi’s Stadium. Below are some top stories
Brandon Weeden was so bad last November when he replaced Tony Romo against Washington that Weeden made my list of worst performance by a backup in team history.
He started against San Diego last night in the first preseason game of 2015. Although he completed 4 of 5 passes for 42 yards, he also lost the handle on a snap, and the fumble cost the Cowboys 35 yards (!) on 4th down (!).
Some grumblings on Facebook this morning suggest that Dustin Vaughan might be a better backup. Vaughan completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards last night and showed some ability to avoid the rush.
Not sure I have strong feelings about this. Here’s a poll for anyone else who does:
The Dallas Cowboys face the San Diego Chargers in the first preseason game of the year for both squads. Dallas is without Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten.
As training camp for the Dallas Cowboys begins, here are a few potential career milestones. (And yes, we are stretching a few of these.)
Wins as a Starter: Tony Romo
By leading the Cowboys to at least 11 wins in 2015, Tony Romo will surpass Roger Staubach in regular-season wins as a starter. Romo’s record is now 75-48, while Staubach’s was 85-29.
Staubach also led Dallas to 11 playoff wins and 2 Super Bowl titles. Romo’s playoff record is 2-4.
Career Touchdown Receptions: Jason Witten and Dez Bryant
Jason Witten has 57 career touchdowns, just eight shy of Michael Irvin’s mark of 65. It’s more likely that Dez Bryant will catch Irvin, though, as Bryant enters this season with 56 career TDs.
Bob Hayes holds the franchise record with 71 TDs.
Career Rushing Marks (Pitiful)
We all know that the Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray and his 4,526 career rushing yards. He left ranked sixth in team history in career rushing yards.
That leaves Tony Romo as the current franchise leader in rushing yards with 607. Romo ranks 30th in team history, just 31 yards behind Charley Young.
Among quarterbacks, Romo probably won’t catch Roger Staubach in career rushing yards. Staubach rushed for 2,264 yards, best in team history among quarterbacks and 12th among all players.
Joseph Randle is exactly 100 yards behind Romo with 507 career rushing yards.
Meanwhile, Darren McFadden had 4,247 career rushing yards with Oakland. He surpassed 1,000 yards only once (in 2010).
Field Goals: Dan Bailey
Dan Bailey has the highest career field-goal percentage with 89.8%. Chris Boniol connected on 87.1% in three seasons with Dallas.
At his current pace, Bailey will eventually surpass Rafael Septien in career field goals made, but not in 2015. Septien had 162, while Bailey has 114.
Punting: Chris Jones
Chris Jones’s average punt traveled 45.4 yards in 2014, and his career average is 45.0. Mat McBriar holds the franchise mark for best career average, with 45.3 yards per punt.
Tackles: Orlando Scandrick
Orlando Scandrick has 282 career tackles and ranks 17th on the franchise’s all-time list. Players just ahead of him on that list include Robert Jones (283), Jack Del Rio (292), and Kevin Smith (334). Scandrick has averaged just over 40 tackles per year since 2008.
We all know that Dez Bryant displays his emotions. Now that he has signed a five-year, $70 million contract, we also know he is not just doing anything for a payday.
So in honor of Dez’s new contract, here is an animated GIF featuring Dez and his emotions.
The trivia questions:
(1) During which season did this take place?
(2) Against which team was Dallas playing when this happened?
(3) Who won that game?
The 1976 Dallas Cowboys provided images that we can always use on July 4. That is, we can always admire the red-white-and-blue stripes on the 1976 helmets.
Anyway, those 1976 Dallas Cowboys and their patriotic helmets are kind of a forgotten team. The Cowboys rebounded from their loss in Super Bowl X to record an 11-3 record and reclaim the NFC East title. Dallas struggled in the playoffs, however, losing to L.A. Rams.
Below is a quiz with five questions about those 1976 Cowboys.
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Video highlights from the 1976 season are available on YouTube, but only the second part is online.
When you solve the puzzle above, you will see two Cowboys players attempting to block a field goal by Tom Dempsey during the 1975 NFC Championship Game. The Cowboys won the game, of course, 37-7 to earn a spot in Super Bowl X.
Here are the trivia questions related to this picture:
(1) Who are the Dallas players in the picture, and what did each of them accomplish in the game? (Hint: one played on offense and the other on defense.)
(2) Neither player blocked this kick, but another Dallas player blocked a field-goal attempt in the second half. Who was this player?
(3) Dempsey is best known for what?
Who is the holder?