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We can never make too many puzzles featuring Jerry Jones, given that most of the Cowboys’ moves in terms of the coaching staff and personnel are puzzling.
And so, here’s a puzzle:
Without significant effort, it was difficult in 2013 to keep track of who was playing defense for the Dallas Cowboys. The names are as obscure as some of those who played in the replacement games in 1987.
So let’s have fun with it. In the puzzle below, find the names of the players who played on the defensive line for the Cowboys in 2013.
Here is a word scramble games featuring the starting New England quarterbacks in each of the games in which the Cowboys have traveled to play the Patriots.
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The last time the Cowboys won at New England was 1987. That was a significant game because it marked the first time that Herschel Walker had started over a healthy Tony Dorsett. Walker responded with 173 rushing yards on 28 carries, and his 60-yard touchdown in overtime gave Dallas a 23-17 win. Dorsett had just one rush for five yards and left the game with an injury in the third quarter.
Dorsett appeared in four more games as a Cowboy but only managed 144 yards in those games. Walker became the focal point of the offense for the rest of the season.
A 49ers fan tonight said he thought the Cowboys would dominate the game on Sunday to the tune of around 30-13. The diehard Cowboys fans turned around and tried to explain why the game would be much closer. The early 1990s could not be further away.
Anyway, let’s start today’s post with the answer to Tuesday’s trivia question about the one time the Cowboys blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and finished with a tie.
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Instead of a puzzle this week, let’s turn to Hulu, which presented the 1970 NFC Championship Game between Dallas and San Francisco, played on January 3, 1971 at Kezar Stadium.
The puzzle below focuses on past games between the Cowboys and Jets. The teams have met nine times in the past, with Dallas holding a 7-2 record.
The hints in the puzzle include the following:
1. In 1971, this Dallas running back scored 3 TDs
2. This Dallas QB threw for 3 TDs vs. Jets in 1971.
3. Dallas QB threw a TD vs. Jets in 1975.
4. Dallas safety who returned a pick for a TD in 1975.
5. Starting Dallas QB vs. Jets in 1978
6. Dallas QB in 1987 during strike game vs. Jets
7. Scrub WR caught 2 TDs vs. Jets in 1987.
8. NY kicker who hit game-winner in 1999.
9. Dallas DB who returned INT for TD in 2007.
10. Dallas CB scored on INT return vs. Jets in 1993.
The Cowboys have to decide which among the four remaining kickers will kick for the team starting one week from Sunday.
From Mickey Spagnola:
Kicker: The Cowboys had so many kickers they could have fielded a starting five for a rec league basketball team. That’s right, five before trimming to four by placing rookie Kai Forbath on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List, meaning they have bought themselves at least six weeks, and as many as 10 to make a decision on his rights. So the kicking job, or jobs since Jerry Jones suggested keeping two kickers is not out of the question, comes down to David Buehler, rookie Dan Bailey and recently-signed veterans Shayne Graham and Dave Rayner. Some might suggest none of the above, but the guess here is Buehler and … meaning a second guy just in case. Frankly, no one, if you look at the combination of kickoffs and field goals, has unseated the incumbent Buehler, who seemingly has recovered from his strained hip-flexor. Remember, the past week of practice counts, too, and we didn’t get to see those.
So there’s no better time than to feature a word search game with names of former and current kickers of the Dallas Cowboys. Either of you who might like this stuff, please enjoy.
Not sure whether Phillip Tanner will ever play a meaningful down for the Dallas Cowboys, but his run against the Chargers last weekend where he lost his helmet yet ended up in the end zone has caught everyone’s attention.
Here is a clip of it:
So why not also feature Tanner in this week’s puzzle. Here is a sliding puzzle, with the picture showing Tanner’s helmetless run.
Below is a puzzle featuring a picture of one of the newest members of the Ring of Honor, Drew Pearson.
The picture was taken during a game against Atlanta. Can you guess the year? If so, what was the final score of this game?
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Weeks after losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs in January 2007, Bill Parcells resigned as head coach. The Cowboys spent several weeks tossing the names of different coordinators around to find replacement.
What if on February 7, 2007, Jerry Jones acquiesced to Troy Aikman and hired the team’s former offensive coordinator, Norv Turner?
Cowboy fans want nothing less than a Super Bowl title. Down seasons in recent years have been unacceptable, given the level of talent assembled.
In real life, Turner led the Chargers to an 11-5 during his first year in San Diego, and the Chargers made it to the AFC Championship Game. However, since that season, the Chargers have won just one playoff game, and that came after the team snuck into the playoffs win an 8-8 record in 2008.
Imagine that sort of finish in Dallas. An 11-5 record and two playoff wins would have been most welcome in 2007, given that not even Bill Parcells won a playoff game here.
But expectations would have been sky high in 2008 (as they were in real life). Think the Cowboys’ 9-7 record in 2008 was bad? It was better than the Chargers’ 8-8 finish that season.
Recall Wade Phillips’ biggest failure—watching his 13-3 team fall apart to a New York team in the playoffs at home in 2007?
Turner’s Chargers in 2009 managed to finish with a 13-3 record before falling apart to a New York team in the playoffs at home.
Turner’s Chargers followed that up by going 9-7 and missing the playoffs in 2010, which sound quite similar to the Cowboys’ finish in 2008.
The bottom line is that Tony Romo and the Dallas offense would not likely be much better under Turner than it has under Jason Garrett. Both the Cowboys and the Chargers have ranked in the top half of the league in offensive yards. Philips Rivers has developed at a similar pace compared with Tony Romo, though Romo has suffered more injuries.
The Cowboys would have to find a different defensive coordinator, and perhaps Turner’s fate would have depended on who the Cowboys could bring in as a defensive coordinator.
Ron Rivera? Mike Singletary?
Anyway, my bet is that Turner would not have lasted past season #4 in 2010.
Complete the puzzle below by matching new members of the Dallas Cowboys (at least during training camp) and their tentative jersey numbers.