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Here’s an animated GIF from a game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. Some trivia question are below the image.
Here are the questions:
(1) What was the significance of this game?
(2) Who was the New England quarterback?
(3) True or false: The Cowboys did not lose another game during the season in question after beating the Patriots.
Here’s a quote about one member of the secondary.
He’ll be an outstanding player at safety, whether he makes his move there this year or next season.
Trivia question: Who was the player?
This may help—
On the same day Tom Landry made this statement, the Cowboys announced they had traded Craig Morton to the New York Giants in exchange for New York’s number one draft pick.
The Giants finished 2-12 that season, meaning the Cowboys held the second overall pick the follow season.
The Cowboys selection? Hall-of-Famer Randy White.
I am perhaps overdoing it with the puzzles, but they have prevented me from being too sarcastic about the Cowboys this offseason.
Anyway, most mock drafts have the Cowboys taking a defensive tackle in the 2014 Draft. This would mark the first time since 1991 that the Cowboys have selected a DT in the first round.
In their history, the Cowboys have taken eight DTs in the first round. The results are quite mixed, with two of the players making the Hall of Fame, two never playing a down with the Cowboys, and the others falling somewhere in between.
Here is a crossword puzzle featuring these former first-round picks. The puzzle should vary, and not all eight players will show up in every puzzle.
Below are all eight hints:
- 1991, Miami (FL)
- 1991, Mississippi
- 1987, Nebraska
- 1985, Michigan
- 1978, Michigan State
- 1975, Maryland
- 1964, Texas
- 1961, TCU
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.
Everyone knows the Cowboys set a franchise record for futility on defense by allowing 6,645 yards. The team allowed 432 points, which is the second-highest total in team history.
The highest total remains 436, set by the 2010 Cowboys. A difference? The 2010 team only scored 394 points, while the 2013 team scored 439.
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Those 439 points rank fifth in team history behind the 1983 team (479), the 2007 team (455), the 1980 team (454), and the 1966 team (445) p0ints.
Of course, the 1966 team still has the mark for most points scored per game, as the team averaged 31.79 per game in a 14-game season.
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The Cowboys ranked 5th in the league in points scored but only 16th in yards gained. The #16 ranking is the lowest finish for a Dallas team since the Cowboys ranked 30th in 2002.
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The Cowboys finished with a turnover ratio of +7. This ranked 9th in the league, which is the highest such rank since 2007.
Dallas had a turnover ratio of -13 in 2012 and -11 in 2008. Fortunately, those are the only two seasons since 2006 in which the Cowboys have had negative ratios.
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The Cowboys tied for 29th in the NFL in total number of penalties with 112. Dallas ranked 7th in 2012 with 89 and tied for 2nd in 2011 with 85. The yards given up via penalty increased from 726 in 2011 to 875 in 2013.
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The Cowboys had 42 sacks in 2011. That number decreased to 34 in 2012 and 2013.
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The Cowboys were among three teams (Denver, Baltimore) to attempt seven field goals of 50 yards or more. Like the Broncos and Ravens, Dallas made six of them.
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Lastly, the Cowboys tied for 7th in the league with an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt. However—and this will surprise nobody—the Cowboys ranked 31st in rushing attempts with 336.
It has become easy to forget that the Dallas Cowboys were supposed to have turned a corner in 2009 when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back games. The first win clinched the NFC East title for Dallas. The second gave the Cowboys their only playoff win since 1996.
Here are the video highlights. Some faces are the same, but you will see quite a bit of Marion Barber and Patrick Crayton, along with big plays by Felix Jones, Doug Free (on Jones’ touchdown run), and Jay Ratliff.
Here is today’s Friday Photo Trivia question:
Seven different players had at least one rushing attempt when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.
Tony Dorsett led the Cowboys in rushing with 66 yards on 15 carries.
The player in the picture below was second on the team in rushing with 55 yards on 14 carries.
The trivia question: did the player in the picture score a rushing touchdown?
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The Dallas Cowboys (2-3) face off against the Carolina Panthers (1-4) on Sunday, October 21.
Below is a story line about the game. I am using the plugin for Storify. If you have trouble loading the links, try this link.
The Cowboys don’t return home until September 23, when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A friend visiting Dallas asked whether it was worth taking a look at Cowboys Stadium.
As a venue to watch a game, it certainly is. Some have written that the stadium ranks has high as second among NFL stadiums. Other have written about Cowboys Stadium compared to other stadiums around the world.
Anyway, during a week with an away game, consider visiting the stadium and taking a tour. Cost is about $30, which is a bit high, but you get to visit field, locker rooms, and so forth. Worth the trip, especially if you’re a Cowboys fans.
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The Cowboys rank pretty high in various power rankings, which Dallas Morning News reporter Scott Bell has summarized. The high-end ranking has the Cowboys at #6 (Pete Prisco, CBS), while the low-end ranking (Ashley Fox, ESPN) has the Cowboys at #13.
I keep saying I need to finish this update, but I’ve had another long delay. Here is the update to ## 66-70 in the Greatest Player by Number series.
Tackle Doug Free might possibly become the greatest player to wear #68. The winner of the 2008 poll was former guard Herb Scott.
Defensive tackle Jimmy Saddler-McQueen wore #69 during a brief stint with Dallas in 2010.
Leonard Davis played for Dallas from 2007 through 2010.
Here is the complete list: