Roethlisberger legendary on Sunday Night Football


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Playing for the injured Ryan Shazier, the Steelers came from behind continually to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football 39-38. Ben Roethlisberger went 44 of 66 for 503 yards and two touchdowns.

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Cowboys stay alive with 30-10 holiday win in New York


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On the day I took my kids to breakfast with Santa Claus, Dak Prescott went into New York and went 20 for 30 for 332 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his career-high passing total, and he did it without Zeke Elliott, answering a ton of questions.

Prescott hit big plays to Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Rod Smith as well as a beautiful touchdown throw to Jason Witten. He continually made plays all game long under duress. He showed that he was the team’s best player on the field and with the game tied 10-10 late in the 4th, he rose above the play of Eli Manning and willed the Cowboys to a victory to keep their season hopes alive at 7-6.

Dallas finally posts a win without Zeke, beats Redskins 38-14 on Thursday Night Football


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On the final day of November in 2017, the Cowboys saddled up and finally won one as a team.

Dak Prescott hurt his hand early, the Cowboys built a 17-0 lead, Prescott battled and stayed in the game, the offensive line was as dominant as they’ve been all season long, Dez Bryant finally made some big plays; and Alfred Morris had a huge game on the ground. The Cowboys posted a 38-14 win and their season stays alive with some slim hopes for another week.

Ryan Switzer had a punt return for a touchdown. Dak Prescott hit beautiful touchdown throws to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. David Irving and Demarcus Lawrence got after Kirk Cousins. Washington is now 0-4 against the Dallas Cowboys the last two years in the best rivalry in football. Dallas is now 6-6, and get a wounded Giants team that is reeling next weekend with 10 days to prepare.

The Cowboys have to survive two more games without Ezekiel Elliott: at New York, and at Oakland. Then they get him back.

Dak Prescott had a bruised and swollen hand, and this won’t go down as one of the best games of his career by any means. He was 11 of 22 for just over 100 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran for 25 yards. But Prescott won the game and didn’t turn the ball over. The gameplan didn’t ask for him to do a lot more than he did. His receivers continued to not get open – it seemed.

His biggest throws aside from the touchdown throws was a 20+ yard strike to Dez Bryant on third down, and a short throw to Terrance Williams also to move the chains on a third down in which Williams was matched up against Josh Norman.

Demarcus Lawrence now has 15 sacks on the year. Dak Prescott has 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Some minor game balls go to Jonathan Cooper who had a great game on the offensive line, Chidobe Awuzie looked like a big league cornerback. The Cowboys forced a couple turnovers that were huge in this game.

Darren McFadden Retires

One of the best college running backs I ever remember, and a pretty good pro; Darren McFadden has retired.

When McFadden was drafted by the Raiders, I thought that he and Jamarcus Russell were going to set league scoring records together. How wrong I was. McFadden retires with just two 1,000-yard seasons.

There weren’t a ton of Sundays that I remember McFadden taking over a ballgame. While he was a superhuman college back, he was simply a solid and dependable pro that hung around for 10 seasons.

Altogether, he ends his career with 28 rushing touchdowns and 5,421 yards on the ground.

A Tough Thanksgiving

I haven’t gotten around to writing about the Cowboys blowout 28-6 loss at the hands of the Chargers on Thanksgiving.

Dak Prescott is in the midst of the worst stretch of his career. He threw back-breaking interceptions on Turkey Day and instead of leading the Cowboys back, he’s in the crosshairs of the media and fan base suddenly for the first time of his career. This of course is all coming on the heels of the blowout loss suffered to the Eagles. The Cowboys have failed to score a touchdown in three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

I didn’t get to really watch the game in detail; as I was battling two kids for most of the game. And that’s okay. It was nothing special. I was also battling a flu or something, so I didn’t eat a whole lot. It won’t go down as a memorable Thanksgiving. My family is getting smaller. Things are getting more lonely around the holidays.

Their season is on absolute life support. There’s no Zeke Elliott. It seems suddenly that Dak’s stardom has run short. They host the Redskins in Dallas on Thursday Night Football to try to put out this five alarm fire.

Goodbye, Eli Manning and Thank You

Wow, I am shocked at the news that Eli Manning has been benched by the New York Giants.

Since the inception of this blog, since I have known my wife; Eli Manning has been the QB of the Giants on Sundays in the Land of the Sopranos. He has started 210 straight NFL games, second to only Brett Favre; and to me he feels like he’s got that Favre status where he should be able to go out on his own terms. Through ups and downs, Eli was a constant in this league and in my life. Being married to a Giants fan, and to a Giants family; Eli was in fact one of the family.

Mike Francesa’s rant said it best: none of these guys with the Giants right now would have a job or career if Eli doesn’t win all those playoff games on the road and those two Super Bowls against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Tom Coughlin said it well, that Eli Manning is nothing but pure class.

A guy like Ben Mcadoo – a lame duck coach that never deserved the position of power he’s in in the first place – should have never had the authority to make this kind of decision.

Since November of 2004, this guy has been a huge part of my sports and football life. Through it all, it’s been so many great memories and clutch moments. The guy has had an unbelievable career with so many big throws and unforgettable moments.

The darkest season of my NFL life drudges onward.