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Better History: Cowboys vs. Packers at Milwaukee

The Cowboys have faced Green Bay ten times in Wisconsin. Five of these games have been played at Lambeau Field, including the Ice Bowl in 1967, and Dallas has lost all five. Of the five played at County Stadium in Milwaukee between 1965 and 1991, however, Dallas won three of five. Here is a history of those games played in Milwaukee:

Cowboys at Packers in Milwaukee

1965: Packers 13, Cowboys 3

The Packers entered the 1965 contest unbeaten and on their way to the first of three straight NFL titles, but Dallas made it tough on them. The game was tied at 3-3 until Dallas committed some mistakes deep in its own end, allowing the Packers to score 10 third quarter points. The teams combined for just 103 yards passing, but Dallas outgained the Packers 193 to 73 on the ground.

1972: Packers 16, Cowboys 13

The Cowboys had managed to beat the Packers for the first time in 1970, but when the teams met again two years later in Milwaukee, Green Bay prevailed again. Green Bay went on to qualify for the playoffs that season, but Dallas really beat itself with turnovers and boneheaded plays. Green Bay overcame a 13-10 second half deficit with two field goals to pull out the win.

1978: Cowboys 42, Packers 14

The Cowboys lost eight of their first nine against the Packers, but in 1978 at Milwaukee, it was all Dallas. The Cowboys had lost two straight and stood at 6-4, but the win began a six-game winning streak that lasted until Super Bowl XIII. Dallas rushed for a team record 313 yards in the win, with Tony Dorsett gaining 149 yards and Robert Newhouse picking up 101.

1980: Cowboys 28, Packers 7

In Danny White’s first season as the starter, the 2-1 Cowboys took care of business against the 1-2 Packers. White helped as much with his legs as a punter as with his arm as a passer, rushing 48 yards for a first down on a fake punt. The Milwaukee crowd started booing former-hero-turned-coach Bart Starr, who was in his third year as head coach.

1991: Cowboys 20, Packers 17

Ray Horton returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown, and Emmitt Smith picked up 122 yards on 32 carries, as the Cowboys won the final matchup with the Packers at County Stadium. Jay Novacek had a big day as well, catching eleven passes for 121 yards.

The starting quarterback for the Packers in 1991 vs. the Cowboys? Blair Kiel. This game was noteworthy because it sparked an eight-game winning streak against Green Bay that lasted until 1997, when the Cowboys visited Lambeau Field.

Instant Trivia: Cowboys vs. Eagles

Here are ten trivia questions related to the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia on Monday night.


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Instant Trivia: Cowboys vs. Eagles

Here are ten trivia questions related to the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia on Monday night.


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Cowboys’ Super Bowl Odds Improve with Brady’s Injury

According to Bodog, Tom Brady’s injury has improved the Cowboys’ odds for winning Super Bowl XLIII. Here are the odds to win the Super Bowl as of September 9 (NFC East teams in bold):

Dallas Cowboys: 4/1

San Diego Chargers: 13/2

Indianapolis Colts: 15/2

New Orleans Saints: 10/1

Pittsburgh Steelers: 10/1

Jacksonville Jaguars: 13/1

New York Giants: 14/1

Philadelphia Eagles: 14/1

Green Bay Packers: 15/1

Minnesota Vikings: 15/1

New York Jets: 15/1

New England Patriots: 20/1

Carolina Panthers: 25/1

Denver Broncos: 25/1

Seattle Seahawks: 26/1

Buffalo Bills: 30/1

Tennessee Titans: 30/1

Chicago Bears: 35/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 40/1

Arizona Cardinals: 50/1

Cleveland Browns: 55/1

Baltimore Ravens: 60/1

Atlanta Falcons: 100/1

Cincinnati Bengals: 100/1

Detroit Lions: 100/1

Houston Texans: 100/1

Oakland Raiders: 100/1

San Francisco 49ers: 100/1

St. Louis Rams: 100/1

Washington Redskins: 100/1

Kansas City Chiefs: 150/1

Miami Dolphins: 150/1

Notes from the 2009 Super Bowl Odds Changes

* The new favorites are the Cowboys who went from 6/1 to win the Super Bowl to 4/1. The Cowboys are 9/5 odds to win the NFC.

* New England fell from 7/2 to 20/1. The Patriots were 2/1 odds to win the AFC again but are now just 9/1 odds to repeat.

* Buffalo went from 50/1to 30/1.

* Pittsburgh went from 18/1 to 10/1

* Philadelphia moved up from 25/1 to 14/1

Cowboys’ Super Bowl Odds Improve with Brady’s Injury

According to Bodog, Tom Brady’s injury has improved the Cowboys’ odds for winning Super Bowl XLIII. Here are the odds to win the Super Bowl as of September 9 (NFC East teams in bold):

Dallas Cowboys: 4/1

San Diego Chargers: 13/2

Indianapolis Colts: 15/2

New Orleans Saints: 10/1

Pittsburgh Steelers: 10/1

Jacksonville Jaguars: 13/1

New York Giants: 14/1

Philadelphia Eagles: 14/1

Green Bay Packers: 15/1

Minnesota Vikings: 15/1

New York Jets: 15/1

New England Patriots: 20/1

Carolina Panthers: 25/1

Denver Broncos: 25/1

Seattle Seahawks: 26/1

Buffalo Bills: 30/1

Tennessee Titans: 30/1

Chicago Bears: 35/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 40/1

Arizona Cardinals: 50/1

Cleveland Browns: 55/1

Baltimore Ravens: 60/1

Atlanta Falcons: 100/1

Cincinnati Bengals: 100/1

Detroit Lions: 100/1

Houston Texans: 100/1

Oakland Raiders: 100/1

San Francisco 49ers: 100/1

St. Louis Rams: 100/1

Washington Redskins: 100/1

Kansas City Chiefs: 150/1

Miami Dolphins: 150/1

Notes from the 2009 Super Bowl Odds Changes

* The new favorites are the Cowboys who went from 6/1 to win the Super Bowl to 4/1. The Cowboys are 9/5 odds to win the NFC.

* New England fell from 7/2 to 20/1. The Patriots were 2/1 odds to win the AFC again but are now just 9/1 odds to repeat.

* Buffalo went from 50/1to 30/1.

* Pittsburgh went from 18/1 to 10/1

* Philadelphia moved up from 25/1 to 14/1

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.

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.

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

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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.

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%