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Romo Surpasses Danny White in 300-Yard Passing Games

Before the 2007 season, I ran a post about the number of times that Dallas passers had thrown for at least 300 yards in a game during their careers. Last year, Tony Romo surpassed that mark seven times, easily breaking the mark of three that he tied in 2006. With his 320 yards yesterday, Romo surpassed Danny White to move into second place in number of 300-yard games in a career.

Below is an updated table. Click here for a list of his 300-yard games.

Table: 300-Yard Passing Games, Career (Regular Season)

Name No. Record Win %
Aikman, Troy 13 7-6 53.85%
Romo, Tony 11 10-1 90.90%
White, Danny 10 5-5 50.00%
Meredith, Don 7 6-1 85.71%
Staubach, Roger 6 4-2 66.67%
Pelleur, Steve 4 2-2 50.00%
Bledsoe, Drew 3 3-0 100.00%
Hogeboom, Gary 3 2-1 66.67%
Testaverde, Vinny 3 1-2 33.33%
Carter, Quincy 1 1-0 100.00%
Garrett, Jason 1 1-0 100.00%
Hutchinson, Chad 1 1-0 100.00%
LeBaron, Eddie 1 1-0 100.00%
Morton, Craig 1 1-0 100.00%

Instant Trivia: Cowboys vs. Browns

Here are 10 questions about the Cowboys’ 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:


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News

A couple of news items:

* Dallas signed former Viking and Jet Brooks Bollinger, leading to release of Richard Bartel from the practice squad. Also released was receiver Mike Jefferson, who played against Cleveland.

* The Raiders signed former third-round pick James Marten, whom the Cowboys had hoped to add to the practice squad.

Week 1: Cowboys 28, Browns 10

Against the Browns on Sunday, the Cowboys did something they had trouble doing last season: starting strong. Dallas also repeated what happened in most of the games a year ago: pulling away in the second half.

Marion Barber provided the strong running early the game, which set up big throws to Jason Witten and Terrell Owens. Barber had two short touchdowns in the first half, and Tony Romo found a wide open Owens on a post route. The second Barber touchdown with 29 seconds left in the half gave the Cowboys a 21-7 lead.

Felix Jones scored a touchdown on his first NFL carry in the third quarter, which increased the Dallas lead to 28-7. The game wasn’t close after that, though Romo’s otherwise perfect day was flawed when he threw an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter. Cleveland could only manage a field goal for the rest of the way out, as the Cowboys rolled to a 28-10 win.

Rate the Cowboys

In the polls below, rate the various players and categories. I will keep a tab of these as the season progresses.

My votes for Cowboys’ offense:

Tony Romo – Five Stars: Romo’s only real mistake was the poor pass in the back of the end zone. It was just as much Felix Jones’ fault on the play, however, as Willie McGinest bowled over Jones to put pressure on Romo. Otherwise, Romo had an outstanding day, throwing for more than 300 yards for the 11th time in his career. The team record in this category is 13, held by Troy Aikman.

Marion Barber – Five Stars: Barber run tough as usual, and he averaged 5.0 yards per carry on the day.

Terrell Owens – Five Stars: Owens had a solid performance with five receptions for 87 yards, and he could have been even more productive, as Romo wasn’t able to get the ball to him on a couple of longer passes.

Patrick Crayton – Five Stars: It should be tough for everyone on the offense to get five stars, but Crayton made some great catches today. In the third quarter, Romo threw the ball over Crayton’s back shoulder, and it looked as if defensive back Brandon McDonald might pick it off. But Crayton managed to snag the ball and turned the play into a 17-yard gain.

Jason Witten – Five Stars: Witten had a pretty bad drop in the second quarter on what turned out to be a touchdown drive, but otherwise he dominated the middle of the field.

Pass Blocking – Five Stars: The Browns eventually got to Romo in the second half, but there were a few plays where Romo just stood behind the line without a hint of a Cleveland player near him.

Run Blocking – Five Stars: Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice combined for 168 yards on the ground with a 5.6 yard-per-carry average.

Role Players and Backups – Four Stars: Felix Jones just about broke three long runs and finished with 62 yards. Isaiah Stanback caught his first two NFL passes, while Tony Curtis caught his first NFL pass that wasn’t a touchdown. Tashard Choice ran well at the end of the game as well. Martellus Bennett did not show up on the stat sheet.

Penalties – Four Stars: Of the Cowboys’ 11 penalties, eight were on offensive players. Two penalties were on Terrell Owens for unsportsmanlike conduct and offensive pass interference, and another penalty was called for illegal formation. The other five were on offensive lineman Flozell Adams (2 for 15 yards), Leonard Davis (1 for 10 yards), Marc Columbo (1 for 5 yards), and Cory Proctor (1 for 10 yards).

My votes for Cowboys’ defense:

Run Support – Five Stars: Cleveland only ran the ball 18 times, and four of those runs were by quarterback Derek Anderson. Jamal Lewis had some decent runs, but he was never really a factor after midway through the first half.

Pass Rush – Four Stars: This could have been better. DeMarcus Ware recorded a sack, but he was not as disruptive as normal. The Cowboys’ blitzes generated some pressure, but Anderson usually had time to throw the ball.

Tackling – Four Stars: Overall, the tackling appeared to be solid. Ken Hamlin had a couple of solid hits, and there were only a few instances were Dallas really had trouble bringing Lewis down. One of those was a 24-yard run right after a Romo pass was intercepted in the end zone by Eric Wright late in the third quarter.

Coverage – Five Stars: Even without Terence Newman, Dallas had a solid day. Anderson had some success to start the game, but he failed to complete a pass for nearly two full quarters. There were a couple of scares, though, including pass in the first quarter that Braylon Edwards dropped after he had beaten Anthony Henry to the post. That said, limiting a Pro Bowl quarterback to 114 yards ought to be good enough for five stars.

Penalties – Four Stars Two of the Cowboys’ three defensive penalties occurred on third down plays. Pacman Jones was called for defensive pass interference in the end zone, which allowed the Browns to score a touchdown early in the second quarter. Dallas did not have a single defensive penalty in the second half.

My votes for Cowboys’ special teams:

Nick Folk (Field Goals and Kickoffs) – Four Stars: Folk was consistent on his kickoffs, which was pretty much his only job besides extra points.

Mat McBriar – Four Stars McBriar only punted twice but averaged 48.5 yards on those two kicks. His net average was 37 yards.

Coverage Units – Four Stars: Kickoff coverage was solid for the most part, as Cleveland only averaged 18 yards per return. Syndric Steptoe had a couple of decent punt returns.

Return Game – Three Stars: The return game was almost entirely a non-factor. Pacman Jones muffed a punt in the third quarter but was able to recover.

Penalties – Five Stars: Dallas did not commit a single penalty on special teams.

Preview: Cowboys vs. Browns

Episode 13 of KYDC, The Show: Money and Polka Make Cleveland’s World Go Around

A bonus this week: a second episode of Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show. In this show, Gnome is still in Cleveland and decides to take a tour of the city, leading him to learn about money and polka. We also hear some predictions about Sunday’s game with the Browns.

Accuscore Prediction: Dallas 27.8, Cleveland 22.9

Dallas won 63% of the simulation games between the Cowboys and Browns. Here is a breakdown of the average stats from these simulations:

Dallas Projected Statistics

 PASSING QBR YDS TD INT
 Tony Romo 87.8 240.1 2.0 1.1
 RUSHING RUSH YDS YPC TD
 Marion Barber III 13.7 78.2 5.6 0.6
 Felix Jones 9.1 43.6 4.7 0.3
 Tony Romo 2.3 11.9 5.1 0.1
 RECEIVING REC RECYD YPC RECTD
 Terrell Owens 4.9 82.0 16.7 0.8
 Jason Witten 5.5 66.2 12.0 0.5
 Patrick Crayton 1.9 27.5 14.5 0.2
 Marion Barber III 3.0 22.2 7.4 0.2
 DEFENSE SACK INT FUMR TO
 DAL 1.6 1.1 0.8 1.9

WhatIfSports Prediction: Dallas 28, Cleveland 26

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The score was closer in the predictions for WhatIfSports, with Dallas winning by only two points. Here is the summary of the prediction from there:

Going to the Dawg Pound is a big factor here as the Cowboys are the better team, but it could be close. The Browns offense has high expectations and will likely succeed, but its secondary will be overmatched by Terrell Owens and Jason Witten (who may play receiver with the injuries to Sam Hurd and Miles Austin). Romo, Owens, Witten and Marion Barber are all top ten fantasy players at their positions this week and Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow are right there with them. These are two great teams with great offenses. This should be fun to watch.

More Videos

Here are a couple of additional video previews available on YouTube:

The Dallas Cowboys Show

fiacolet Video

Final Thoughts

In the past four years, Dallas has alternated wins and losses in their season openers. The big win over the Giants in week one last year propelled the team into a very strong first quarter of the season, so it would help if Dallas could accomplish the same thing against the Browns on Sunday. That said, I think we are in for a few disappointments this year and that how the team performs down the stretch is more important than shooting out of the gate like gangbusters.

I think Dallas wins, but I don’t think it will be as impressive as everyone would like.

Ranking Terrell Owens’ Two-Year Production

The Associated Press ran a piece today about Terrell Owens taking advantage of the depleted Cowboys’ receiving corps. Here is a little bit of that story:

Terrell Owens has an easy way for the Dallas Cowboys to hide their lack of proven receivers: Just throw it to him more.

“I did a lot of shoulder presses this summer,” Owens said, smiling. “I think I will be ready to shoulder the load.”

T.O. is always eager to be option Nos. 1, 2 and 3, and he might have to be at times during the opener Sunday in Cleveland. Because after Owens and fellow starter Patrick Crayton, Dallas has … not much.

Backups Miles Austin and Sam Hurd are out with ankle injuries, leaving only Isaiah Stanback, a college quarterback who didn’t play last season while learning his new position. He also was slowed by injuries, and is now battling a shoulder problem that will force him to wear a harness.

Of course, the Cowboys also have Jason Witten, whose 96 receptions last season are among the most by a tight end. But even his backups are iffy — rookie Martellus Bennett and Tony Curtis (three catches in two seasons, although all for touchdowns).

Then there are the running backs. Marion Barber caught 44 passes last season, but his two backups are rookies and the fullback, Deon Anderson, has only six catches.

The circumstances could very well mean that Owens could improve on his 2007 season when he caught 81 passes for 1355 yards and 15 TDs. In team history, only Michael Irvin has had two consecutive seasons that were more productive than Owens’ production in 2006-2007 in terms of total numbers. On the other hand, the Cowboys in their history have never produced the type of passing numbers that they have in the past five years or so.

Here is a look at the best two-year totals of the top receivers in team history (listed generally in chronological order):

Frank Clarke: 1961-1962 (28 games)

Clarke total/receptions: 88
Team total/completions: 415
Clarke %: 21.2%

Clarke total/yards: 1962
Team total/passing yards: 5533
Clarke %: 35.5%

Clarke total/TDs: 23
Team total/TD passes: 54
Clarke %: 42.6%

Bob Hayes: 1965-1966 (28 games)

Hayes total/receptions: 110
Team total/completions: 382
Hayes %: 28.8%

Hayes total/yards: 2235
Team total/passing yards: 5410
Hayes %: 41.3%

Hayes total/TDs: 25
Team total/TD passes: 52
Hayes %: 48.1%

Lance Rentzel: 1967-1968 (28 games)

Rentzel total/receptions: 112
Team total/completions: 427
Rentzel %: 26.2%

Rentzel total/yards: 2005
Team total/passing yards: 5825
Rentzel %: 34.4%

Rentzel total/TDs: 14
Team total/TD passes: 53
Rentzel %: 26.4%

Drew Pearson: 1974-1975 (28 games)

Pearson total/receptions: 108
Team total/completions: 413
Pearson %: 26.2%

Pearson total/yards: 1909
Team total/passing yards: 5122
Pearson %: 37.3%

Pearson total/TDs: 10
Team total/TD passes: 33
Pearson %: 30.3%

Tony Hill: 1979-1980 (32 games)

Hill total/receptions: 120
Team total/completions: 552
Hill %: 21.7%

Hill total/yards: 2117
Team total/passing yards: 6697
Hill %: 31.6%

Hill total/TDs: 18
Team total/TD passes: 59
Hill %: 30.5%

Kelvin Martin: 1989-1990 (32 games)

Martin total/receptions: 110
Team total/completions: 520
Martin %: 21.2%

Martin total/yards: 1376
Team total/passing yards: 5466
Martin %: 25.2%

Martin total/TDs: 2
Team total/TD passes: 26
Martin %: 7.7%

Michael Irvin: 1994-1995 (32 games)

Irvin total/receptions: 190
Team total/completions: 604
Irvin %: 31.5%

Irvin total/yards: 2844
Team total/passing yards: 6991
Irvin %: 40.7%

Irvin total/TDs: 16
Team total/TD passes: 37
Irvin %: 43.2%

Keyshawn Johnson: 2004-2005 (32 games)

Johnson total/receptions: 141
Team total/completions: 608
Johnson %: 23.2%

Johnson total/yards: 1820
Team total/passing yards: 6769
Johnson %: 26.9%

Johnson total/TDs: 12
Team total/TD passes: 42
Johnson %: 28.6%

Terry Glenn: 2005-2006 (32 games)

Glenn total/receptions: 132
Team total/completions: 610
Glenn %: 21.6%

Glenn total/yards: 2283
Team total/passing yards: 7177
Glenn %: 31.8%

Glenn total/TDs: 13
Team total/TD passes: 49
Glenn %: 26.5%

Jason Witten: 2006-2007 (32 games)

Witten total/receptions: 160
Team total/completions: 652
Witten %: 24.5%

Witten total/yards: 1899
Team total/passing yards: 7941
Witten %: 23.9%

Witten total/TDs: 8
Team total/TD passes: 62
Witten %: 12.9%

Terrell Owens: 2006-2007 (32 games)

Owens total/receptions: 166
Team total/completions: 652
Owens %: 25.5%

Owens total/yards: 2535
Team total/passing yards: 7941
Owens %: 31.9%

Owens total/TDs: 28
Team total/TD passes: 62
Owens %: 45.2%

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #89

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #89

Fifteen players have worn #89 for the Cowboys, including twelve tight ends and three wide receivers.

Rob Awalt, TE, San Diego State, 1990-91

Statistics: Awalt caught 90 passes for 190 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Awalt in 1990 as part of a trade and expected him to start. However, it was another former Cardinal– Jay Novacek– who became the starter. Awalt moved on to Buffalo in 1992 and played two seasons there.

Kelly Blackwell, TE, Texas Christian, 1993

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Blackwell was brought in to be a blocking tight end, but he was released midway through the 1993 season.

Thornton Chandler, TE, Alabama, 1986-89

Statistics: Chandler caught 29 passes for 268 yards and 4 TDs.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Chandler was Doug Cosbie’s primary backup for two years. He served primarily as a blocker.

Tony Curtis, TE, Portland State, 2007-

Statistics: Curtis has caught three passes for 18 yards and three touchdowns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Curtis enters his third season with Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Curtis came on strong in the 2007 preseason and saw some action in 2007. Each of his receptions during the 2007 season were touchdowns.

Donnie Davis, WR, Southern, 1962

Statistics: Davis caught two passes for 31 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys released him in 1962, and he remained out of football for eight seasons. However, he was signed by Houston in 1970 and played one season there.

Mike Ditka, TE, Pittsburgh, 1969-72

Statistics: Ditka caught 72 passes for 924 yards and five TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys. He made five Pro Bowls and was inducted to the Hall of Fame, mostly due to his play with Chicago.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ditka was a bruising tight end who joined the Cowboys in 1969 and split time with Pettis Norman. He was solid though not spectacular with the Cowboys and retired after the 1972 season. He joined the coaching staff and spent several years as the special teams coach.

Fred Dugan, WR, Dayton, 1960

Statistics: Dugan caught 29 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Dugan from San Francisco in the 1960 expansion draft. He started all season but was traded to Washington before the 1961 season.

Billy Joe DuPree, TE, Michigan State, 1973-83

Statistics: DuPree caught 267 passes for 3565 yards and 41 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to three Pro Bowls.

Longevity: He spent 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: At 225 pounds, DuPree was big enough during his era to be both an outstanding blocker and a great pass-catcher. He was a key part of three Super Bowl teams and remained a key contributor until Doug Cosbie won the starting job in 1982.

Scott Galbraith, TE, Southern California, 1993-94, 1997

Statistics: Galbraith caught 7 passes for 48 yards and one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent a total of three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Galbraith was a very good blocking tight end with the Cowboys. He left after the 1994 season when Dallas brought in Kendall Watkins and Eric Bjornson, but he returned in 1997.

David LaFleur, TE, Louisiana State, 1997-00

Statistics: LeFleur caught 85 passes for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Troy Aikman recommended that Dallas draft the 6’7 LeFleur to give the Cowboys a dominant tight end. LeFleur showed flashes, but he developed slowly. A back injury ended his career after just four seasons.

Jim Price, TE, Stanford, 1993

Statistics: Price caught one pass for four yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a seldom-used backup to Jay Novacek.

Brian Salonen, TE/LB, Montana, 1984-85

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Salonen was drafted as a tight end, but the team tried in 1985 to convert him to linebacker. He mostly played on special teams.

Derek Tennell, TE, UCLA, 1992

Statistics: Tennell did not record a catch for the Cowboys during the regular season. However, he caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs in 1992.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played for Dallas during the 1992 playoffs.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Tennell five days before the Cowboys played the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. His one catch gave Dallas the lead in the game, one that they never relinquished. After that season, Tennell played one more year with Minnesota.

Derek Ware, TE, Central Oklahoma, 1996

Statistics: Ware caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ware only dressed for five games during the 1996 season. He was used mostly on special teams.

Randal Williams, WR, New Hampshire, 2001-04

Statistics: Williams caught one pass for 14 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams had amazing speed, but he did not develop very well as a receiver. His big career highlight for Dallas came in 2003 when he returned an onside kick attempt by the Eagles for a touchdown. He saw considerably more action at receiver with the Raiders in 2005-06.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #89.

Greatest #89

  • Billy Joe DuPree (87%, 96 Votes)
  • Mike Ditka (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Randal Williams (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tony Curtis (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Derek Ware (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Price (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David LaFleur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kelly Blackwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Scott Galbraith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Dugan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thornton Chandler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Salonen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Derek Tennell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Donnie Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rob Awalt (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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My Vote: DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

DuPree is the most accomplished Dallas player among those in this list. He was a very important player on three Super Bowl teams and remained an important weapon until the very end of his career. Ditka’s best career moments came before he joined the Cowboys (though he had the memorable touchdown catch and an otherwise very good game in Super Bowl VI).

Cowboys Jersey Numbers Update

#95 Tank Johnson

#95 Tank Johnson

Thanks to Nick Eatman’s blog, we know that there have been some number changes lately:

#23— Running back Tashard Choice has given up #29 to wear #23, which was vacated when Dallas released Evan Oglesby.

#29— Keith Davis is getting his old number back (note that Davis also wore #40 early in his career).

#66— Tank Johnson has given up on this number in favor of #95.

#95— Tank Johnson’s new number.

Trivia: Cowboys-Browns Photo

I haven’t asked many trivia questions lately, but this one may be interesting. Take a look at this picture (click on it to see a larger size) and then answer the questions that appear below it.

Cowboys vs. Browns, 1960s

Cowboys vs. Browns, 1960s

Questions:

1. In what year was this game played?

2. Who was the quarterback for the Cowboys in this picture?

3. In what year did the Cowboys begin displaying their names on the backs of their jerseys?

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #88

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #88

Nine players have worn #88 for the Cowboys. This includes six wide receivers, a linebacker, a tight end, and a punter/kicker.

Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh, 2002-04

Statistics: Bryant caught 99 passes for 1549 yards and 8 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than three full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: The highly talented Bryant has yet to find a way to stay out of trouble. He lasted just over two seasons in Dallas before the Cowboys sent him packing.

Sonny Davis, LB, Baylor, 1961

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a wide receiver at Baylor, but the Cowboys tried to convert him to linebacker. He saw little action during his one pro season.

Jackie Harris, TE, Northwest Louisiana, 2000-01

Statistics: Harris caught 54 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Harris was a starter in Green Bay, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee before Dallas signed him in 2000 to replace David LeFleur. He was adequate for the two years he played in Dallas.

Michael Irvin, WR, Miami, Fla., 1988-99

Statistics: Irvin caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Five Pro Bowls, All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Ring of Honor, and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Longevity: Irvin played 12 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Irvin was a physical receiver who could fill roles as both a possession receiver and as a big playmaker. He was the most vocal (and obviously most flamboyant) of the leaders on the 1990s teams, but he always backed up his talk with his play. His 1995 season (111 rec., 1603 yds.) is easily the greatest single season for any Dallas receiver, and he accomplished it even though every opponent knew he was the primary weapon in the passing game.

Drew Pearson, WR, Tulsa, 1973-83

Statistics: Pearson caught 489 passes for 7822 yards and 48 TDs.

Accolades: Three Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. He was also a member of the All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.

Intangibles: Pearson was a free agent who became the team’s top receiver during the Cowboys’ resurgence in the mid-1970s. He was a clutch receiver who made as many big plays in big games as any player in team history.

Sonny Randle, WR, Virginia, 1968

Statistics: Randle caught one pass for 12 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He made four Pro Bowls with the Rams.

Longevity: He played less than a full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Randle in 1968 after he spent several seasons with the Rams, Cardinals, and 49ers. He retired after the 1968 season.

Colin Ridgway, P/K, Lamar Tech, 1965

Statistics: Ridgway averaged 39.2 yards on 13 punts for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than a full season for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Ridgway competed in the Olympics in the high jump for Australia in 1956. He spent most of his time in Dallas on the taxi squad. Tragically, he was a murder victim in 1993 in a crime that has never been solved.

Reggie Rucker, WR, Boston University, 1970-71

Statistics: Sellers caught 10 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons for the Cowboys before being traded to the Giants.

Intangibles: Rucker is best remembered as member of the Cleveland Browns. He finished his career with more than 7000 yards, but only a few were with the Cowboys.

Ron Sellers, WR, Florida State, 1972

Statistics: Sellers caught 31 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Sellers caught Roger Staubach’s last-minute touchdown pass in the 1972 playoff win over San Francisco. That happened to be his final catch as a Cowboy, as he was traded to Miami in 1973.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #88.

Note from 9/2: Thanks to an “upgrade” to my WordPress software, I was having trouble with the poll plugin. I think I have fixed it. I incorporated the results from the Zoho poll (below) into this poll:

Greatest #88

  • Michael Irvin (82%, 164 Votes)
  • Drew Pearson (17%, 34 Votes)
  • Jackie Harris (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Sonny Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Antonio Bryant (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sonny Randle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Colin Ridgway (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Reggie Rucker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ron Sellers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 199

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Here is the Zoho poll in case anyone is still having problems.

My Vote: Irvin

Michael IrvinWhen I set out to conduct this poll, the debate over the greatest #88 is what came to mind first. The stats clearly support Irvin, but this one is about more than stats. Both made plays that created their legends, and the Cowboys’ franchise wouldn’t have been what it was during either of their eras. What gives Irvin my vote is that he was greater for a longer period of time. From 1991 to 1998, he was the centerpiece of the Cowboys’ passing attack, and he consistently came through in the biggest moments. By comparison, Pearson became less and less of a primary target as his career progressed, and he finished behind Tony Hill in receptions during each of Pearson’s final six seasons. We can only pick one here, and my vote has to go to Irvin.

Episode 12 of Know Your Dallas Cowboys, The Show: Browns vs. Cowboys Classic Rivalry

Given the lack of viewers, we decided to rename our show from 10 Minutes to Know Your Dallas Cowboys to Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show so that we could produce episodes that were less than 10 minutes long. As it turns out, this show ended up being just about 10 minutes long, thus meaning that we just changed the name for really no good reason.

Here is some background information that relates to the show:

Between 1960 and 1970, Dallas faced Cleveland 20 times, including the playoffs. The Browns won 14 of those games, including two huge playoff games at the end of the 1960s. You might or might not know the names of some of the Cowboy-killers of the decade: Jim Brown (232 yards vs. Dallas in 1963); Bobby Mitchell (3 TDs in 1960; 140 rushing yards in 1962); Rich Kreitling (several touchdown receptions vs. Dallas); Gary Collins (same); Paul Warfield (same); Frank Ryan (Cleveland QB); Bill Nelson (Cleveland QB); Leroy Kelly (another of Cleveland’s Hall of Fame RBs).

This series was not all bad news for Dallas, though. The Cowboys pulled off one of their best performance in early franchise history when they routed the Browns 45-21 on December 2, 1962. The picture below (also featured in the clip) show Amos Marsh running for a few of his 117 yards that day.

Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Amos Marsh

Cleveland currently leads the series, 17-11. Below is a list of each of the games, which are linked to the box scores available at Pro-Football-Reference.com

Oct. 16, 1960 (at Dallas): Cleveland 48, Dallas 7
Oct. 1, 1961 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 25, Dallas 7
Dec. 3, 1961 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 17
Oct. 7, 1962 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 19, Dallas 10
Dec. 2, 1962 (at Dallas): Dallas 45, Cleveland 21
Sept. 22, 1963 (at Dallas): Cleveland 41, Dallas 24
Nov. 24, 1963 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 17
Oct. 4, 1964 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 6
Oct. 18, 1964 (at Dallas): Cleveland 20, Dallas 16
Oct. 17, 1965 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 23, Dallas 17
Nov. 21, 1965 (at Dallas): Cleveland 24, Dallas 17

Oct. 23, 1966 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 30, Dallas 21
Nov. 24, 1966 (at Dallas): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Sept. 17, 1967 (at Cleveland): Dallas 21, Cleveland 14

NFL PlayoffsDec. 24, 1967 (at Dallas): Dallas 52, Cleveland 14

Sept. 22, 1968 (at Dallas): Dallas 28, Cleveland 7

NFL PlayoffsDec. 21, 1968 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 31, Dallas 20

Nov. 2, 1969 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 42, Dallas 10

NFL PlayoffsDec. 28, 1969 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 14

Dec. 12, 1970 (at Cleveland): Dallas 6, Cleveland 2
Dec. 7, 1974 (at Dallas): Dallas 41, Cleveland 17
Sept. 24, 1979 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 26, Dallas 7
Nov. 25, 1982 (at Dallas): Dallas 31, Cleveland 14
Sept. 22, 1985 (at Dallas): Dallas 20, Cleveland 7
Dec. 4, 1988 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 24, Dallas 21
Sept. 1, 1991 (at Cleveland): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Dec. 10, 1994 (at Dallas): Cleveland 19, Dallas 14
Sept. 19, 2004 (at Dallas): Dallas 19, Dallas 12

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #87

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #87

Thirteen players have worn #87 for the Cowboys. This includes seven wide receivers, four tight ends, and two defensive ends.

Ray Alexander, WR, Florida A&M, 1988-89

Statistics: Alexander caught 55 passes for 804 yards and 6 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Alexander was a standout in the Canadian Football League, but he had only one good year in the NFL. After catching 54 passes for 788 yards in 1988, he was injured for most of the 1989 season and never played again.

Gordon Banks, WR, Stanford, 1985-87

Statistics: Banks caught 35 passes for 220 yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Banks was a former USFL standout who was a backup in Dallas.

Nate Borden, DE, Indiana, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Borden in the 1960 expansion draft from Green Bay. He started for the Cowboys in 1960 and part of 1961 before moving on to Buffalo in 1962.

Billy Davis, WR, Pittsburgh, 1995-98

Statistics: Davis caught 42 passes for 724 yards and three touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a very good special teams player who became a starter in 1998. He was not a bad receiver, but when Dallas acquired Rocket Ismail in 1999, Davis moved on. After two seasons in Baltimore, he was out of the league.

Ron Howard, TE, Seattle, 1974-75

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Howard played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a former basketball player who played special teams in Dallas for two seasons. He played much more when he moved to Seattle in 1976.

Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, Ohio State, 2001-02

Statistics: Rambo caught 17 passes for 239 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A product of Ohio State, Rambo saw quite a bit of action in 2002. However, that was his final year in the league.

Alfredo Roberts, TE, Miami, Fla., 1991-92

Statistics: Roberts caught 19 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The former teammate of Michael Irvin played two years in Dallas as a blocking tight end.

Jay Saldi, TE, South Carolina, 1976-82

Statistics: Saldi caught 63 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played seven seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Saldi was Billy Joe DuPree’s primary backup from 1976 to 1980. He has some big plays in some important playoff games, including a touchdown catch that was Roger Staubach’s final career touchdown pass.

Zuriel Smith, WR, Hampton, 2003

Statistics: Smith averaged 7.1 yards per punt return and 21.5 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Smith saw action in 2003 but had trouble making the team after that.

Andy Stynchula, DE, Penn State, 1968

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Stynchula played for the Colts, Redskins, and Giants before joining the Cowboys in 1968. He retired after one year in Dallas.

Billy Truax, TE, Louisiana State, 1971-73

Statistics: Truax caught 19 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was one of Roman Gabriel’s favorite targets in Los Angeles, and he backed up Mike Ditka in Dallas. However, injuries slowed him in 1972 and 1973, and he retired after the 1973 season.

Jason Tucker, WR, Texas Christian, 1999-00

Statistics: Tucker caught 36 passes for 565 and two touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Tucker was a product of nearby TCU, and he made the squad as a free agent after being cut by Cincinnati. He caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Troy Aikman in the season finale in 1999 in a win over the Giants that gave Dallas a playoff berth.

Dedric Ward, WR, Northern Iowa, 2004

Statistics: Ward caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ward was another former Jet who joined the Cowboys thanks to Bill Parcells. He saw action in only eight games and played mostly on special teams.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #87.

Greatest #87

  • Jay Saldi (82%, 77 Votes)
  • Alfredo Roberts (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Jason Tucker (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Alexander (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Billy Davis (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Gordon Banks (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Zuriel Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Billy Truax (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dedric Ward (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ron Howard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ken-Yon Rambo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nate Borden (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Stynchula (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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My Vote: Saldi

Jay SaldiSaldi had several big plays, including a fumble recovery against Minnesota in the 1977 NFL Championship Game, the touchdown reception against Los Angeles in the 1979 playoffs, and a huge 37-yard reception against the Rams in the 1980 playoffs. Thanks to those and his longevity, he gets my vote.

Saldi’s son, John, tried out for the Cowboys in 2006 and 2007, but John failed to make the team.