Cowboys win on Monday Night Football in Arizona


[Cowboys 28, Cardinals 17]
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[PFT] [Sports Illustrated] [Dak TD to Dez Bryant] [Dak TD to Brice Butler]

Dak Prescott went 13 of 18 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and his usual no interception, turnover-free ballgame. He ran for a 10 yard touchdown to put the Cowboys on the board. He really had an incredible game. It wasn’t a career game, but he was very good.

He shook off some early buckshots and lack of a run game and hung in there against a tough, athletic defense on the road.

Instead of sitting on a 21-17 lead late, Dallas did the right thing and went for the jugular. Like it went several times tonight, Dak Prescott alluded the pass rush, rolled out and fired a strike for 53 yards to Brice Butler that put the game in hand. The Cowboys would ice the game with a touchdown run by Zeke Elliott on that drive to make it 28-17.

The Cowboys controlled the game at the line of scrimmage. Demarcus Lawrence looked like as good of an edge rusher as anyone in football tonight, as he has thus far this year. The Cowboys secondary was banged up and Orlando Scandrick and Jeff Heath left injured; leaving some rookies and special teams players to pick up the pieces. They got their sea legs underneath them and handled things admirably.

It was one of those perfect nights to be enjoyed, except the game is taking a back seat to one thing on every channel.

What the Hell is this Jerry? The Cowboys sold out. They went to the darkside. I am too exhausted to talk this bullshit and politics on this site, I’m going to discuss football and AMERICA’S TEAM and their win to go to 2-1.

That touchdown pass to Dez Bryant will be replayed for years as an incredible display of effort. It was amazing. Dez had two catches tonight, and failed again to get separation against elite corner Patrick Peterson. Jason Witten had a really quiet night. So did Cole Beasley. It just didn’t become a shootout.

But the biggest thing that swung this game was Cowboys pressure against a suspect Cardinals line that could not contain a three-man rush; and the Cardinals missing a Field Goal that would have put them up 10-0 early. Old Phil Dawson pushed one, and this left the door open for the Cowboys to believe just enough that they could hang around.

Larry Fitzgerald had 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. It was the 105th touchdown reception of his career. The guy is an incredible, Hall of Fame football player.

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I Like Dak Prescott

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It’s the day after Christmas, and I’m watching Dak Prescott and the Cowboys try to get to 13-2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

I really like how Prescott throws the football. He’s just really smooth. Now that the Buccaneers are out of the playoff chase, and Derek Carr is out for the season; I’m pulling for the #1 seed Cowboys to pull this off and make a Super Bowl run.

With Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, those White uniforms, a ton of strength in the trenches, and the best stadium in football; I am all for these guys making a run. They’re downright fun to watch. It’s been a long time since I had interest in the Dallas Cowboys. They’re like the Yankees in baseball. When they’re relevant, it’s good for the sport.

Prescott is zipping the ball all over the field and running for first downs. Dallas just went up 35-21 on a Dez Bryant end around pass to Jason Witten. These guys are bad asses and fun to watch.

Buccaneers in Charlotte for Monday Night Football

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Well my team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play on Monday Night Football on ESPN tonight in Charlotte against another team I like a lot, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are minus Cam Newton this evening, and enter the game as six point favorites.

Both teams are 1-3 and the Buccaneers are desperately in need of a win as today there are rumblings about the safety of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s job.

More than anything, how about a turnover-free game from Jameis Winston for a change? That would be nice. He’s without Doug Martin and Sims the backup running back with Jacquizz Rodgers getting the start.

 

 

Monday Night Thriller: Carolina Panthers 7-0 for first time in Franchise History

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[Cat Scratch Reader] [Charlotte Observer] [Cam Newton Highlights]

[Newton TD to Olsen] [Newton TD to Brown]

For the second week in a row, the Panthers have a big primetime win in Charlotte wearing the beautiful black uniforms. This one ended up being a thriller.

Cam Newton was 16 of 35 for 248 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception on the rainy night. But again, stats are just telling part of the story for Newton.

The Panthers blew a 23-7 lead because Ron Rivera was coaching this game like he was up 30. The game went into overtime at 23-23, and the Colts won the toss. After Vinatieri hit a long field goal, Newton and the Panthers drove right down the field and tied the game (it should have ended on a Ted Ginn long pass on one of the most beautiful throws I’ve ever seen Cam make).

After Graham Gano tied the game at 26-26, Luke Kuechly ended up with an interception that all but set the Panthers up for the win.

There have been so many big wins in Cam Newton’s career that I’ve enjoyed. This wasn’t the greatest, but rather another in a long string that I’ve really enjoyed. Newton and the Panthers have won their last 10 regular season games. They’re 11-1 in their last 12 overall.

They have an identity. The biggest of the three comes on Sunday at 1:00 PM in Charlotte with the Green Bay Packers coming to town. This is clearly a game in which will decide home-field advantage in the NFC. This is a crucial, crucial game in the career of Cam Newton.

Jim Tomsula is fun

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