*Our Cowboys Crunchtime Podcast is here: Problems Popping?
*And once again, we have to ask ... Is Joseph Randle a goofball or a troublemaker?
Randle has said publicly that his recent shoplifting arrest is "the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life,'' and in issuing that statement he seemed contrite and embarrassed. But a video from inside the Frisco City Jail after his arrest for stealing cologne and underwear shows a different side of Randle.
“If I give you $100, can you give me a massage?” Randle jokingly asks an officer, and later, after posing for his mug shot, asks about the quality of the photo.
Randle, in video obtained by CBS11, is shown dressed in an undershirt, casually resting his chin on the counter, and trying to use the phone against the wishes of an officer.
In the phone call he is allowed to make, he is apparently talking to his agent, explaining, “I got jammed up. I need an attorney ... so I can make it to practice tomorrow.''
Randle was booked and released, then issued an apology in the Cowboys locker room for his stealing from a Dillard’s department store in Frisco, and shortly after that signed on for an endorsement deal with an underwear company. Randle was fined one week’s pay by the Cowboys after being charged with a Class B misdemeanor, a penalty that was meant to enforce the seriousness of the matter ... a seriousness that Randle clearly did not grasp while in the custody of police.
“Hey,'' he asks an officer at one point, "is this going to be on the news, you think?”
Here's the video via CBS11.
*Tony Romo did not practice Thursday. (How big a flak jacket can they build him on the off-chance he can be ready for Sunday?) Nor did offensive linemen Doug Free (foot) and Ron Leary (groin). Josh Brent was involved in the workout, as was Rolando McClain (playing through a shoulder injury and possibly some groin issues). DeMarcus Lawrence is working, and here's a look at where our KD Drummond thinks he's going.
And then, to top off an interesting Thursday at the Ranch, Bruce Carter left the field ...
Carter, as it turned out, sustained a broken left ring finger during the practice. He'll get fit for a split that will allow him to play Sunday against the visiting Cardinals.
“We’ll just wrap it up and I should be fine,” said Carter, an important part of a defense that has helped Dallas to its surprising 6-2 record. Carter broke the finger during drills when it got caught awkwardly in the shoulder pads of a teammate.
The Cowboys have been 6-2 only 11 other times in franchise history: ’67, ’72, ’78, ’80, ’81, ’82, ’85, ’86, ’93, ’03, and ’09. 10/11 times have they made the playoffs. The outlier year is 1986.
This is only the second time since 1982 the Cowboys have fallen to 6-2.
Since 2000, teams that have been 6-2 at some point in the season have made the postseason 57/69 times. The last 6-2 team to fail to reach the playoffs were the 2010 New York Giants, who finished the season 10-6.
This is the 16th time Dallas has started 1-1 in the NFC East. The Cowboys have made the playoffs 5/15 previous times, with only 4/5 times have they won the division.
The Dallas Cowboys are 15-6 against the Cardinals franchise in November.
Since moving to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals are 39-99 against teams in the Central Time zone in early games compared to 19-50 in late games.
The Cardinals have been 6-1 only five times previously in franchise history: 1922, 1923, 1925, 1947, and 1948. The ’22 Cardinals were named NFL champions with the Pottsville Maroons as league runner-ups.
This is the Arizona Cardinals’ first ever visit to AT&T Stadium. The Cardinals are the final NFC team to play in AT&T Stadium. NFC teams making their first appearance at AT&T Stadium are 9-5.
The Dallas Cowboys are 32-10 against the Cardinals at home. Here is how the Cowboys handled the Cardinals in their previous home venues:
Cotton Bowl: 4-5
Texas Stadium: 27-5
The Cardinals have the same record against the Cowboys after leaving the NFC East in 2002 as they did in their final seven games in the NFC East: 4-3.
The only former divisional foe the Cardinals have struggled against is Washington, posting a 1-6 record since 2002. Against Philadelphia and New York, Arizona is 5-3 and 4-3 respectively.
The last time the Cardinals were first place in the NFC West with a two-game lead was the end of the 2009 season.
The Arizona Cardinals are one of five teams that has remained undefeated against the Dallas Cowboys in postseason play. The other four teams are the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, and Seattle Seahawks.
This will be the first time the Cowboys and Cardinals have played one another with winning records since 10/12/08 when Kurt Warner was the quarterback.
The Cardinals are 1/9 teams to have started two different quarterbacks during the course of the season.
The Cardinals have rolled out a different quarterback to play against the Cowboys since 2002:
2002 – Jake Plummer
2003 – Jeff Blake
2005 – Josh McCown
2006 – Matt Leinart
2008 – Kurt Warner
2010 – John Skelton
2011 – Kevin Kolb
Romo is 10-13 against teams with winning records at home.
Romo is 24-5 in the month of November. Prior to Romo’s arrival the Dallas Cowboys were 9-14 from 2000-05.
Though only taking 17 sacks this year, which is tied for eighth-most in the NFL, Romo leads the league in sacked yards lost with 146.
Against 3-4 fronts, Romo has an 87.3 passer rating and a 12-19 record. Romo also takes an average of 2.5 sacks per game against 3-4 fronts.
Romo is 11-4 at home in early games.
Romo is tied with Aaron Rodgers for seventh-most wins at home since 2006 with 38.
In AT&T Stadium, Romo has a 23-16 record and a 96.6 passer rating.
Romo had a 99.8 passer rating in Texas Stadium, the best of any starting quarterback.
Carson Palmer FACTS
The 2014 Arizona Cardinals are the only team Palmer has played for since 2004 that was able to post a winning record in his absence. Jon Kitna had a 2-1 record while Palmer missed time for the ’04 Bengals.
Carson Palmer is 11-2 in his past 13 starts and has a cumulative 97.1 passer rating.
Last week was Palmer’s 18th fourth quarter comeback and 26th game-winning drive. He is tied with Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers for eighth-most among active quarterbacks, and tied with Tony Romo for sixth-most among active quarterbacks.
Palmer is the only quarterback of the 2003 NFL Draft class still in the league.
Palmer has had as many 8-8 seasons as many 10-win seasons as Romo.
Palmer is 3-31 against teams with winning records on the road.
Palmer gets sacked on 2.53% of his drop backs, the third-lowest in the league.
Palmer also leads the league in lowest interception percentage with 0.6%.
As it stands, Murray’s 1,054 rushing yards are the 22nd-best for a season high in franchise history.
Murray alone still has more rushing yards than 29 other teams in the NFL. The only teams that have more than Murray are the Jets and Texans, both of whom don’t have winning records.
Murray’s seven rushing touchdowns alone are more than those of 20 other NFL teams.
The only team with a better yards per carry than Murray is Seattle with 5.3.
Murray is the only running back in the league with five fumbles.
Murray’s 1,054 rushing yards through eight games is the most since Terrell Davis’ 1,068 in 1998. The most in the first eight games was recorded by Jim Brown with 1,194 in 1963.
Murray’s 206 carries through the first eight games are the third-most in NFL history since 1960. Only Terrell Davis (215) and O.J. Simpson (211) had more.
Arians has yet to face the Dallas Cowboys. If he were to defeat the Cowboys, he would join Pop Ivy (1960), Ray Willsey (1961), Ray Prochaska (1961), Chuck Drulis (1961), Wally Lemm (1962), Joe Bugel (1990), Dave McGinnis (2000), and Ken Whisenhunt (2008) as the only Cardinals coaches to defeat the Cowboys in their first try.
With 10 wins last year, Arians joined Norman Barry as the only Cardinals coaches to lead the franchise to a 10-win season in their first year. Barry, of course, coached the 1925 Chicago Cardinals that were named NFL Champions.
Arians has a 1-5 record on the road against teams with winning records compared to 9-6 overall.
Arians is 6/11 on coaches challenges in his career.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the tight ends coach for the 1996 New Orleans Saints, which was the rookie season of wide receiver Brett Bech, who is now the Cowboys assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Arians has coached nine games over .500 in his career. Garrett has only coached six.
Jason Garrett has a 0-2 record thus far against the Arizona Cardinals. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:
Tom Landry: 33-19-1
Jimmy Johnson: 7-3
Barry Switzer: 7-1
Chan Gailey: 3-2
Dave Campo: 2-3
Bill Parcells: 3-0
Wade Phillips: 0-1
Jason Garrett: 0-2
A loss Sunday would mean Garrett would be on his eighth losing streak of his career.
Garrett has never lost back-to-back home games.
Garrett has never started a season at home going 3-2 in the first five games.
Garrett’s November record is 11-4.
At home against teams with winning records, Garrett is 2-7.
Garrett’s six games coaches over .500 are the second-fewest among head coaches hired or promoted to full head coach in 2011. The only coaches with fewer games coached over .500 are Mike Munchak (Titans, 2011-13) and Mike McCoy (2013-present).
For the third time this season, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the action on FOX. This marks the fifth time that FOX has put their A-team on a Cowboys game, which is the most since 2010 when Dallas had FOX’s A-team six times.
This Sunday will mark the first time Buck and Aikman will call a Cardinals-Cowboys game. This season, Dallas is 1-1 with Buck and Aikman calling the action.
Dallas is 29-27 when Buck and Aikman call the action.
This is the second time the Cardinals will have Buck and Aikman during a season. The last time this happened was in 2009.
In the six times the Cardinals have had Buck and Aikman, they have gone 3-3.
For FOX, Pat Summerall and John Madden called the most contests between the Cardinals and Cowboys with seven. For CBS, Summerall and Madden only called four such contests.
The Cowboys’ 4-1 record on FOX is their best five-game start on the network since 2009 when they also started 4-1 on FOX. The best start the Cowboys have had is 5-0 (’94, ’07).
This week’s official is rookie referee Craig Wrolstad, who spent 11 seasons as a field judge working with Ed Hochuli and Tony Corrente. He was also a field judge on Jerome Boger’s crew for Super Bowl XLVII.
Wrolstad’s .571 home team winning percentage ranks among the league average:
Ed Hochuli: .857
Walt Anderson: .750
Clete Blakeman: .714
Bill Vinovich: .714
John Parry: .667
Carl Cheffers: .643
Jerome Boger: .625
Craig Wrolstad: .571
Gene Steratore: .571
Brad Allen: .571
Tony Corrente: .571
Jeff Triplette: .571
Pete Morelli: .571
Terry McAulay: .429
Bill Leavy: .429
Walt Coleman: .286
However, Wrolstad’s home team penalty battle percentage is among the highest in the league:
Terry McAulay: 1.000
Brad Allen: .857
Jerome Boger: .750
Craig Wrolstad: .714
Tony Corrente: .714
Jeff Triplette: .714
Walt Anderson: .625
Bill Vinovich: .571
Pete Morelli: .571
Ed Hochuli: .571
Gene Steratore: .429
Walt Coleman: .429
Clete Blakeman: .286
Carl Cheffers: .250
John Parry: .167
Bill Leavy: .000
Through seven games, home teams are 0/2 on coaches challenges with Wrolstad compared to visiting teams being 1/1. Replay Assistant is 2/7 with four of those decisions benefiting the home team compared to three decisions favoring the visiting side.
A field judge’s primary responsibility is the defensive secondary. In the 10 Cowboys games Wrolstad served as field judge, Dallas had three illegal contacts, three defensive pass interferences, three offensive pass interferences, and six defensive holdings. Their opponents had one offensive pass interference, three illegal contacts, six defensive holdings, and 12 defensive pass interferences.
In the eight Cardinals games Wrolstad served as field judge, Arizona has had one illegal contact and two defensive holdings. Their opponents have had one offensive pass interference, two illegal contacts, and six defensive pass interferences.
This will be Wrolstad’s sixth early game he has officiated on the season.
Wroldstad used to be a referee for the Arena Football League prior to becoming an NFL field judge in 2003.
The Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys are the only teams with winning records in the top-5 category for most fumbles.
15.1% of the Cowboys’ drives end in turnovers, ranking 10th-worst in the NFL. Sitting at number one is Philadelphia with 19.1%.
This is the first time a Cowboys tight end has more touchdowns than Jason Witten through the season’s first eight games.
Last week, Brandon Weeden set a career high in passer rating with 145.1, a full 30.2 points higher than his previous career high.
Weeden has a 4-7 record as a starter at home.
This is Larry Fitzgerald’s lowest number of catches through seven games since 2006, when he missed two games due to injury.
Fitzgerald’s 443 yards receiving are the most through seven games since 2012, when he had 459.
Fitzgerald’s two touchdowns are his lowest through seven games since 2011, when he had the same number.
The Cardinals are 18th in the NFL with 164 points scored. Only Cincinnati joins Arizona as being the only teams in the bottom 15 to lead their division.
Arizona’s 2,304 yards gained is the third-lowest in the NFL. They are the only team in the bottom-five of that category to have a winning record, let alone lead their division.
The Cardinals have only had five giveaways all season. Through seven games last season, the Cardinals had 17 turnovers.
The Cardinals only have 80 first downs by passing in the NFL, tied for fourth-fewest in the league. Among the bottom-five teams, Cincinnati and Seattle join them as the only teams in the NFL with winning records.
The Cardinals only have 3.4 yards per carry, tied for third-lowest in the league. The teams ahead of them are San Diego and Detroit with 3.1 YPC, and like Arizona, they have winning records.
Arizona’s drives have ended in turnovers only 6.2 percent of the time. All of the teams in the Top 10 of this category have winning records.
The Cardinals have only surrendered 11 sacks on the year, which are the eighth-fewest in the NFL.
Arizona has only had eight fumbles rushing, which is seventh-fewest in the NFL.
The Cardinals defense has forced 14 turnovers, tied for fifth-most in the NFL.
Opposing quarterbacks have compiled an 86.2 passer rating against the Cardinals, the tenth-lowest in the league.
The Cardinals are tied with the Cowboys for second-fewest sacks in the NFL with seven apiece.
Arizona’s defense only allows 3.3 yards per carry, tied for the lowest in the league.
The Cardinals haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since San Francisco’s Frank Gore on 10/13/13.
Drives against the Cardinals defense only last 2:29 on average, tied for eighth-shortest in the NFL.
Cardinals return specialist Ted Ginn, Jr. has one of the NFL’s five punt return touchdowns this season.
In the history of the NFL, the Rams and Cardinals franchises are the only ones to have called three different cities home. Coincidentally, both of them share St. Louis.
The Cardinals’ eight playoff seasons are the fourth-fewest in the NFL, and are especially inadequate when considering the franchise is playing in its 95th season.
Ken Whisenhunt’s 45 wins makes him the winningest coach in Cardinals history.
Emmitt Smith holds the 10th-best single-season touchdown record for both the Cardinals and Cowboys franchises.
The Dallas Cowboys are 4-5 on 11/2. Here are the results:
1969 – @CLE, 10-42 – L
1975 – @WAS, 24-30 – L-OT
1980 – @Cardinals, 27-24 – W
1986 – @NYG, 14-17 – L
1987 – NYG, 33-24 – W
1997 – @SF, 10-17 – L
1998 – @PHI, 34-0 – W
2003 – WAS, 21-14 – W
2008 – @NYG, 14-35 – L
The Dallas Cowboys have four birthdays to celebrate on 11/2:
Kevin Gogan, OG, 1987-1993 – 11/2/1964
Barry Cantrell, P, 2000 – 11/2/1976
Daleroy Stewart, DT, 2003-2004 – 11/2/1978
Dan Connor, LB, 2012 – 11/2/1985