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Cowobys Slam Jets 34-3 on Thanksgiving

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) is forced out of bounds by New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, in Irving, Texas.

The Dallas defense made a statement Thursday about all of the recent criticism it has been receiving by absolutely shutting down Kellen Clemens and Jets offense allowing the Cowboys to cruise to an easy 34-3 win. I have to say that it appears both Terrence Newman and Greg Ellis are completely healthy after Ellis’ two sacks and many tackles and hurries and Newman’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Dallas came out of the gates strong agains, scoring a touchdown on their opening series, a 67-yard drive capped by a 7-yard Marion Barber touchdown run. They then caused and recovered a fumble on the subsequent kickoff, but on the next play, Romo underthrew Terrell Owens in the end zone and got intercepted. But the defense shut down the Jets possession which foreshadowed how most of the game would be. The Jets didn’t get into Dallas territory until late in the second quarter and after converting on a 4th and 3, settled for a field goal.

With the score 21-3 at the half, most of the attention switched to next week’s match-up between Dallas and Green Bay, as the Pack dismantled the Lions earlier in the day to go to 10-1. Nick Folk added field goals of 46 and 27-yards in the third and early in the fourth quarter, respectively to make it 27-3. And then the Cowboys added a little flair to put the game out-of-reach when Romo threw a perfect 22-yard floater to T.O. in the end zone to extend the lead to 34-3 with only about 7 minutes left in the game.

The significance in this pass was that it tied Romo for the all-time single season TD pass record for the team with Danny White, giving him 29 on the year with six games left in the season. As is his usual custom, Romo downplayed the event stressing the main goal of the team for the season. It is rather difficult to believe that he has achieved such standards already in his young career and that it doesn’t seem to affect him, which is exactly the reason he will most probably go on to either tie or break many other Cowboys QB records.

Another amazing statistic came from the victory, it is the first time the team has ever started a season 10-1, which is quite remarkable for such a successful franchise as this.
Who would have imagined that an un-drafted QB from Eastern Illinois would be the one to lead the team to such a benchmark?

Now the stage is set for next Thursday’s game between what is now clearly the best two teams in the NFC, the Packers at Dallas. And Romo must face his childhood idle, Brett Favre with possible home field playoff implications on the line.

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