Cowboys vs Vikings NFL Week 13 Capsule

DALLAS COWBOYS (10-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COWBOYS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER Series tied: 11-11  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 1-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-26 vs. Washington L 16-13 at Detroit
LAST GAME 11/3/13: Vikings 23 at Cowboys 27. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 337 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 7-yard TD to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining. Cowboys DT Nick Hayden has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/10: Vikings 24, Cowboys 21. Minnesota WR Percy Harvin has 95-yard KR-TD. Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 2 INTs & 9 tackles.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Dal), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1). 226 (Dal), 225 (Min).

STATS

PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 231-340-2835-18-2-108.6 Sam Bradford: 248-348-2415-12-3-98.3
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 243-1199 (1L)-4.9-11 (2L) Jerick McKinnon: 106-316-3.0-1
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 58-647-11.2-5 Stefon Diggs: 67-747-11.1-2
OFFENSE 407.6 294.9
TAKE/GIVE +3 +12 (2L)
DEFENSE 362.2 307.0 (3L)
SACKS Tyrone Crawford: 3.5 Danielle Hunter: 7.5
INTs Barry Church: 2 Xavier Rhodes: 4
PUNTING Chris Jones: 46.5 Jeff Locke: 44.5
KICKING Dan Bailey: 94 (34/34 PAT; 20/22 FG) Kai Forbath: 13 (4/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: Rookie QB DAK PRESCOTT leads NFL rookies in pass yards (2,835), pass TDs (18) & rating (108.6). In 5 career road games, has 1,350 pass yards (270 per game), 10 TDs & 1 INT for 119.5 rating…Rookie RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads NFL with 1,199 rush yards & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,502) & rush TDs (11). Has 306 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 on road…WR COLE BEASLEY has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 on road. WR DEZ BRYANT has 49 TD catches since 2012, most in NFL. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 6. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had TD catch in Week 12. TE JASON WITTEN had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs with 1,072 receptions & 11,768 rec. yards…DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 7 sacks in past 7 on road. LB SEAN LEE ranks 2nd in NFC with 105 tackles. Aims for 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had INT in last meeting…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 295 yards & TD for 103.4 rating in last meeting (11/8/15 with Phi.). Has passed for 1,261 yards (252.2 per game) with 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 109.2 rating in 5 games at home with Min…RB MATT ASIATA aims for 4th in row with rush TD…WR STEFON DIGGS ranks 3rd in NFC with 67 receptions. In past 4, has 40 receptions (10 per game) for 357 yards & TD. WR ADAM THIELEN has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 260 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in last meeting. Ties for NFC lead among TEs with 5 rec. TDs…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last meeting. Has 28.5 sacks since 2014, 2nd in NFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has 8 sacks in past 7 at home. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack last week. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 390 tackles since 2012, 2nd among NFC safeties.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Giving Back Showing Off His Custom Cleats This Weekend

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Credit the NFL for doing something right, as this week players around the league will wear custom cleats, and the Cowboys are giving back with theirs Sunday.

The NFL is encouraging a campaign called “My Cause, My Cleats,” and what it does is encourage players to wear custom shoes which support a charity of their choice.

Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is campaigning against animal cruelty and asking to adopt from shelters with the cleats that he’s wearing, showing off a pic of his dog Ace.

On the cleats he’s got paw prints, dog bones and the words “Adopt, Volunteer, Prevent Cruelty.”

Props to Elliott, and it will be cool to see what some of the other NFL players come up with around the league for the event this weekend.

Cowboys Rookies Roll Past Redskins as Dallas Wins 10th Straight 31-26

Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys

Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keep winning for the Cowboys, even with Kirk Cousins setting records for the Washington Redskins.

Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Redskins 31-26 on Thursday.

Prescott tied Don Meredith’s club quarterback record from 50 years ago with his fifth rushing TD and the NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season.

“You know you’re talking to someone who knows how hard this is to win 10 games in a row, and I do,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “I know how we’re getting it done, and we’re getting done by hard work and Dak’s a great example.”

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Cowboys Top Ravens 27-17 for Ninth Straight Win

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Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two to Dez Bryant, in the first game with Tony Romo as his backup, and the Dallas Cowboys set a franchise season record with their ninth straight win, beating the Baltimore Ravens 27-17 on Sunday.

The Cowboys (9-1) punted on their first four possessions — a first this season — against the NFL’s No. 1 defense. They marched 92 and 88 yards on their first two drives of the second half to break a 10-10 tie. Both drives ended with TD passes to Bryant , who had six catches for 80 yards.

Romo, who broke a bone in his back in a preseason game, was active for the first time since Thanksgiving last year, and was the Dallas backup for the first time in 10 years.

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NFL Week 11 Inactives Ravens at Cowboys

Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, CB Asa Jackson, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, LB Elvis Dumervil, OL Ryan Jensen, OL Alex Lewis, TE Crockett Gillmore

Cowboys: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Darius Jackson, OL Chaz Green, DE Benson Mayowa, LB Mark Nzeocha, CB Morris Claiborne, S Barry Church

Tony Romo: The Cowboys are Dak Prescott’s Team

Dak Prescott

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo admitted that the Cowboys have become Dak Prescott’s team this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.

On Tuesday, Romo talked to the media for the first time since being named the Cowboys’ backup quarterback.

“Dak Prescott has earned the right to be our quarterback,” he said.

“I think Dak knows that I have his back and I think I know that he has mine,” Romo said. “Ultimately it’s about the team. I’m not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction.”

Despite Being Healthy Enough to Play; Don’t Expect to See Romo vs Steelers

Tony Romo

Tony Romo is healthy enough to play, but the Dallas quarterback is not expected to be active Sunday against the Steelers, Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN report via Todd Archeer of ESPN Dallas.

Romo went through his second straight full practice Thursday, working with the scout team. He returned to practice last week on a limited basis as he comes back from a compression fracture in his back suffered during a preseason game Aug. 25.

Coach Jason Garrett has been noncommittal on Romo’s return this week. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Romo had been medically cleared and that the decision to be active is now in the hands of the coaches.

“With Tony, it’s just a day-by-day evaluation,” Garrett said. “He had a good [Wednesday]. It followed with what he had done last week. He’s moving around well. He’s throwing the ball well. We’ll just see what he’s able to do [Thursday] and make our evaluation from there.”

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the Cowboys would go over the game-day roster on Saturday as a staff.

“I think he’s able to do everything,” Linehan said. “Again, we evaluate it after the day and see how [Thursday] went. Each day I think he does a little more. We’ve been encouraged with the response he’s been able to have physically coming back the next day. He’s getting better and getting stronger. We’re real encouraged where he is right now.”

Cowboys vs Steelers NFL Week 10 Capsule

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

COWBOYS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 15-13  
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 1-0 Mike Tomlin: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 35-10 at Cleveland L 21-14 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Steelers 24 at Cowboys 27 (OT). Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 341 yards & 2 TDs for 111.3 rating. Cowboys K Dan Bailey converts GW 21-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/08: Steelers 20, Cowboys 13. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 204 yards & TD. Steelers CB Deshea Townsend has GW 25-yard INT-TD with 1:40 remaining.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Dal), 82 (Pit). XM: 228 (Dal), 82 (Pit).

STATS

PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 165-248-2020-12-2-104.2 Ben Roethlisberger: 168-271-1949-17-7-93.9
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 177-891 (1L)-5.0-7 Le’Veon Bell: 83-376-4.5-0
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 43-499-11.6-4 Antonio Brown: 55-677-12.3-6 (T3L)
OFFENSE 411.5 (3L) 360.4
TAKE/GIVE +5 -1
DEFENSE 332.9 375.6
SACKS Tyrone Crawford: 3.5 Cameron Heyward: 3
INTs Brandon Carr: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Chris Jones: 46.5 Jordan Berry: 46.3
KICKING Dan Bailey: 67 (25/25 PAT; 14/16 FG) Chris Boswell: 42 (21/21 PAT; 7/10 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: Rookie QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 27 for 247 yards & 3 TDs for 141.8 rating last week. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 100+ rating in 6 of 1st 8 career games. Is 1st rookie QB in SB era to start & win 7 of team’s 1st 8 games…Rookie RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads NFL with 891 rush yards. Rushed for 92 yards & 2 TDs in Week 9. Is averaging 117.5 yards & has 4 TDs in 4 career road games…Since 2011, WR DEZ BRYANT ranks 2nd in NFL with 55 rec. TDs. Has TD catch in 14 of past 15 vs. AFC. TE JASON WITTEN had 8 receptions for 134 yards & TD last week. Has 1,058 career receptions, 2nd most all-time among TEs…Rookie DT MALIEK COLLINS had 1st career 2-sack game in Week 9. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 6 sacks in past 6 on road. LB SEAN LEE aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with 8+ tackles. CB BRANDON CARR had INT & 3 PD in last meeting…STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw for 339 yards & 2 TDs for 93.6 rating in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL in TD passes of 20+ yards (9)…RB LE’VEON BELL has 659 scrimmage yards (131.8 per game, 2nd in NFL) in 5 games in 2016. Since 2014, averages 132.1 scrimmage yards per game, most in NFL. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS ranks 3rd among active players with 60 rush TDs…WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch in last meeting. Has 98 catches (8.2 per game) for 1,325 yards (110.4 per game) & 11 TDs in past 12 at home. Since 2013, leads NFL with 430 catches, 5,708 rec. yards, 37 rec. TDs & 25 100-yard games. WR SAMMIE COATES leads NFL WRs with 21.3 yards per catch avg. WR ELI ROGERS led team with 103 rec. yards last week…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS had sack in last meeting. Has 20 tackles in past 2. LB RYAN SHAZIER had FF last week. LB JAMES HARRISON had 2 sacks last week. Rookie CB ARTIE BURNS had 1st career INT in Week 9.