Belated Notes on Cowboys Schedule, Bledsoe


Very strangely, my original version of this post vanished after I posted it last evening. At any rate, the Cowboys have what looks to be a pretty forgiving schedule, except that the late season games look as troublesome as those from last year. Here is a piece by Todd Archer analyzing the schedule:

Sept. 9: vs. New York Giants
The Wade Phillips era kicks off at Texas Stadium with a night game on NBC.

Projection: Win, 27-13

Sept. 16: at Miami
The Cowboys will be making their first trip to Miami since 1996, with Phillips facing former San Diego cohort, Cam Cameron. And UT’s Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams could be on the field after a suspension.

Projection: Win, 19-7

Sept. 23: at Chicago
The defending NFC champion will have a different look this season, highlighted by the ascension of UT-ex Cedric Benson to the No. 1 tailback role. The Bears could be without linebacker Lance Briggs, but they still have a defense that can shake down an offense with their other linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Projection: Lose, 23-16

Sept. 30: vs. St. Louis
If the Cowboys want to be considered a team to be feared in the NFC, this is a game they must have.

Projection: Win, 31-20

Oct. 8: at Buffalo
Phillips faces his former team in front of a national television audience. The Cowboys last won in Buffalo in 1971. Of course, they’ve played there just three times.

Projection: Win, 24-16

Oct. 14: vs. New England
This game would have been the most interesting of the season had Bill Parcells decided to stick around for a fifth season. But it will be Tom Brady’s first visit to Texas Stadium, just like it was Peyton Manning’s first last year. The Cowboys managed to win that one. Can they make it two in a row over the top quarterbacks in the AFC?

Projection: Lose, 30-28

Oct. 21: vs. Minnesota
If Randy Moss was still a Viking, we’d know the result. He’s not, but second-year coach Brad Childress knows the personnel after serving as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator.

Projection: Win, 27-22

Oct. 28: bye

Nov. 4: at Philadelphia
Terrell Owens hopes to have a much better return to Lincoln Financial Field than he had in 2006 when he was noticed more for his sideline demeanor than his catches. The Iggles fans will be waiting and will have all day to get ready to boo T.O. This starts a three-week stretch of NFC East games.

Projection: Lose, 17-13

Nov. 11: at New York Giants
Martin Gramatica’s game-winner vs. the Giants last year, set up by Tony Romo’s beautiful throw to Jason Witten, still burns the New York fans.

Projection: Lose, 23-20

Nov. 18: vs. Washington
Will this be Joe Gibbs’ last visit to Texas Stadium? His return to the sidelines has not been the best, but he gets his teams ready for the Cowboys. And this is bound for a wacky ending.

Projection: Win, 22-10

Nov. 22: vs. New York Jets
In 2004, Julius Jones outran his brother, Thomas, and the Bears on Thanksgiving. Now Thomas is a Jet, and Julius will get a chance to do it again on the holiday.

Projection: Win, 26-20

Nov. 29: vs. Green Bay
For the first time in franchise history, the Cowboys will be playing a Thursday game after their traditional Thanksgiving tilt.

Projection: Win, 33-26

Dec. 9: at Detroit
The Lions ran it up on the Cowboys at Texas Stadium last year, exposing the defense. This will be a revenge game of sorts.

Projection: Win, 27-14

Dec. 16: vs. Philadelphia
The Eagles return for the rematch and have shown in the past they play their best when it matters most.

Projection: Win, 20-16

Dec. 22: at Carolina
The Cowboys will be making their third straight trip to Charlotte, and they have come up with clutch wins the previous two years, including Tony Romo’s first start last year. This game will go a long way in determining playoff seeding, wild card or otherwise.

Projection: Lose, 28-24

Dec. 30: at Washington
The last time the Cowboys closed the season at FedExField was Dave Campo’s final game in 2002. This team hopes to be playing for something, and there is nothing better than a Cowboys-Redskins game with playoff implications.

Projection: Lose, 19-13

So according to Mr. Archer, Dallas will finish 10-6. Thinking rationally for a few seconds– that’s pretty good if it happens.

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Deadspin ran a piece on Drew Bledsoe after the quarterback announced his retirement. Here is another one from Chicks Dig the Long Ball. I don’t think of Bledsoe as a hall-of-famer, but he does compare pretty well with a few other quarterbacks who are in there. Take Dan Fouts, for instance:

Fouts:

15 seasons
Two AFC Championship game appearances, no Super Bowl appearances
6-time Pro Bowler
3297 of 5604 (58.8%), 43,040 yards, 254 TD, 242 Int.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bledsoe:

14 seasons
Two AFC Championship game appearances (one as a starter); two Super Bowl apperances (one as a starter)
4-time Pro Bowler
3839 of 6717 (57.2%), 44,611 yards, 251 TD, 206 Int.

Just for your consideration.

New Name in the Mock Drafts: Chris Houston


After noting twice (here and here) that Texas guard/tackle Justin Blalock was the mock draft frontrunner, I am now seeing less and less of him. Some have him going late in the first round, while others have him dropping to the second. I have also pointed out that a number of mock drafts are now focusing on defensive backs, and I have previously run posts on free safeties, as well as Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Chris HoustonHere is a new name that has shown up on mock drafts from Yahoo (John Murphy) as well as Fox Sports (Derek Harper): Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston. Here is more on him:

Video highlights (from Yahoo)

From WarRoomReport.com

Strengths:Chris Houston has adequate size and uses his size to physically match up with bigger receivers. He has good power and long arms that allow him to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage, which the scheme at Arkansas requires. He is one of the fastest players in the draft and is able to turn and run with receivers. He has good change of direction skill in case he is beat to recover quickly. Houston is an extremely confident corner who has potentially the most upside of any CB in the class.

Weaknesses:Houston could have benefited from another year at Arkansas to improve his technique. He is still raw and relies on his physical skills too much. With his confidence comes an overly aggressive style of play that can leave him susceptible to double moves. He is not the best at supporting the run, as he is not as aggressive in run support as he is in the passing game. He is not the best open field tackler. Despite great athleticism, he does not have elite ball skills.

Overall:Chris Houston made a name for himself with a solid junior season in which he shut down top receivers Robert Meacham and Dwayne Jarrett. He is drawing comparisons to former Arkansas corner Ahmad Carroll and while there is some reason for concern, Houston is a better overall prospect. Houston, unlike Hall and Revis, has the ability to develop into a true shutdown corner, but he also has a much higher bust factor than those two players. For a prospect of his caliber more interceptions and pass deflections would have been expected. Houston could possibly be the first corner off the board, but the risk factor makes him more deserving of a pick in the bottom third of Round One.

Trivia: The Very Early Years

These questions should be a little bit more difficult than those that I posted on Wednesday. These focus on the very early years of the Cowboys, mostly before the team had been formed. 1. In 1952, Texas textile mogul Giles Miller moved which NFL team to Dallas to become the original Dallas Texans? 2. Original […]

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Trivia: Name That Year, 1960s Edition

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Marion Barber Highlights, Other News

The Cowboys site ran this audio clip featuring highlights of Marion Barber last season: ———— Mickey Spagnola ran a good piece the other day that answered some common questions. Here are a couple of notes of interest: Who are the Cowboys going to draft? They don’t know. Seriously. Come on, the Cowboys have the 22nd […]

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MOP Award for 1968: Craig Baynham

This ends the longest post drought since I opened the blog. And what do I have for you? Yes, filler…er… a MOP Award! This comes after spending 27 hours at work in two days–most of which was spent grading– so pardon the punch-drunk nature of this. Anyway, the MOP Award winner for 1968 was ready-made […]

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ESPN Mock Draft: Darrelle Revis to Dallas?

Although I still think that Dallas should look to the offensive side of the ball rather than the secondary, ESPN’s mock draft suggested that the Cowboys take Pitt’s Darrelle Revis. He certainly has flash and appears to be the real deal from what I’ve read and seen. Here is more from ESPN: Revis played in […]

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Off-Season Program Begins Monday

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Historic Draft: 1967

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Video: Defensive Highlights

Amidst all of the exciting news these days– [ANOTHER MOCK DRAFT! AND DALLAS IS STILL LOOKING FOR A FREE SAFETY (Ken Hamlin of the Seahawks)… AND PERHAPS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD TRAINER…YES, I JUST MADE THAT UP AND IT WASN’T FUNNY]… here is another highlight clip by Steven Otero that focuses on the […]

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