Cowboys Huddle-Up: The Love + The Numbers
The 5-1 Dallas Cowboys aren't just about the numbers.
Read Fish's terrific Cowboys Premium column about "The O And Ro Show'' and you learn about the bond inside that room. Check out the video on DallasCowboys.com and see coach Jason Garrett tell his players to "love the game and love each other'' ... and nobody snickers because it ain't corny if it's true.
But along with the love ... what Dallas did to the Seattle Seahawks in this 30-23 victory (read our "rock-and-shock'' game story here) is also among an impressive pile of numbers. To wit:
*Tony Romo extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 33. He also extended his NFL record of consecutive road games with a TD pass to 36. Romo has now thrown 2+ TD passes in four consecutive games, matching the third longest streak of his career. The second longest of his career is six straight games in 2007 and the longest streak of his career is seven straight games in 2006-2007.
Romo now has 12 career touchdown passes vs the Seahawks, which is more than he has against any other non-NFC East team. Also, with the Cowboys victory over the Seahawks, they are one of three non-division teams that Romo has 4+ wins against. The other two teams are the Carolina Panthers (4-0) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-0).
And maybe most important (as Romo gets medical OKs on his sore ankle and ribs): This was Romo's 22nd fourth-quarter comeback and 26th game-winning drive, extending his franchise records.
*With his 115-yard performance on Sunday, DeMarco Murray is now one of two players in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in six straight games to start a season. The other player was Cleveland's Jim Brown, who did so in 1958. Murray was also the first running back to gain 100+ vs. the Seahawks since Mike James of the Buccaneers did so in Week 9 of 2013.
*Among the pass-catchers: Dez Bryant passed Miles Austin for the seventh-most receiving yards in franchise history, and Jason Witten recorded his 900th career catch on Sunday, making him the second TE in NFL history to do so. The other tight end is Tony Gonzales.
*Dan Bailey is now officially the most accurate kicker in NFL history, nailing all three of his attempts on Sunday, including a career-long 56-yarder.
A weekly must-read: KD Drummond's X-and-O's breakdown of the Cowboys game ... "Anatomy of a Win'' is here.
Doug Free, the right tackle for arguably the best offensive line in the NFL, told Cowboys coaches he believes he can play this Sunday against the visiting Giants despite what the team is calling a foot sprain. But sources inside Valley Ranch believe Free could miss the next couple games due to the injury.
“We’ll see what it is here over the next few days,'' Garrett said on Monday.
Free sustained the injury on Sunday the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 30-23 victory at Seattle. He's been part of a line that is central to both DeMarco Murray's chase for a rushing title and Dallas' surprising 5-1 record.
Free actually returned to the field for the final moments when Dallas lined up in its "Victory Formation'' (the kneel-down) and was in good spirits in the postgame locker room and on the team's charter flight home.
If Free is unable to play, he'll be replaced by Jermey Parnell, a fifth-year swing tackle who finished with the offense in Seattle and on his very first snap threw a critical block to free Murray for the game-winning 15-yard touchdown run.
In addition to monitoring Free, the Cowboys hope to welcome back linebacker Bruce Carter (quad) and rookie pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, who is eligible to practice this week and can play as early as Nov. 2 against Arizona after undergoing foot surgery last summer. Josh Brent is working out at the facility and attending team meetings and is eligible to be activated for the Nov. 23 game at New York.
And there is something else to watch: Joseph Randle was arrested on Monday for shoplifting, Frisco Police confirm.
Randle, 22, was arrested for Class B Misdemeanor Theft ($50-$500) for allegedly stealing $80 worth of cologne and $40 worth of underwear from a Dillard’s in Frisco.
Randle, the 2013 fifth-round pick who has 16 carries for 113 yards while playing in a backup role to NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray for the 5-1 Cowboys, was booked and released on bond.
The Cowboys' win against the Seahawks marked the fifth straight success this season, matching the longest streak of the Jason Garrett era. It's also the longest winning-streak the Cowboys have had since 2007, when they finished 13-3. In their history, the Cowboys have started a season with a 5-1 record on 13 different occasions. In those seasons, they've made the playoffs 100 percent of the time.
That's a lot to love.
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