<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 28 Oct 2016 07:52:27 -0500Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:52:27 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sunday Night Football Bus Tours North Texas]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:38:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snf-bus-102816.jpg

NBC Sports Group's Sunday Night Football Bus is scheduled to make several stops in North Texas before Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington.

The 45-foot bus will visit a haunted house and little league games before Sunday's NFC East showdown at AT&T Stadium.

The bus' scheduled stops in North Texas include:


  • 8:30-10:30 p.m.
    Hangman's House of Horrors
    4400 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth


  • 10 a.m.-noon
    Frisco Little League Warren Park/Sports Complex
    7599 Eldorado Parkway, Frisco
  • 3-6 p.m. Cowboys Rally
    AT&T Stadium
    1 AT&T Way, Arlington


  • 2:30-7 p.m.: Cowboys vs Eagles
    AT&T Stadium
    1 AT&T Way, Arlington

During Sunday Night Football's 10th season, the bus will make stops in the host cities of 17 games, spanning about 25,000 miles and crossing the country at least three times. Fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.

Online: NBCSports.com/FollowSNF

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<![CDATA[Romo Continues to Make Progress, Limited Participant in Practice]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-27-15h10m27s193.png

No, Tony Romo is not playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, the Cowboys listed him as a "limited participant" in Thursday's practice.

It's the first time he's been officially involved in any practice since he injured his back.

"He looks good. A young "9" out there throwing it. He looks rejuvenated and like I said, he brings a lot of energy," said tight end Jason Witten.

On Wednesday, he was in shorts and a t-shirt throwing balls to wide receivers, tight ends and running backs as they warmed up.

Thursday, he wore light padding, the No. 9 jersey and his helmet as he went through drills with the team.

"Him getting back in there is going to have everything to do with how he keeps progressing. We're real encouraged with the daily progression that he's made," said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. "We haven't really had a time-line for him at all, as far as when."

This is encouraging for Romo in two ways.

First, his back responded well enough that he could throw on Thursday.

Secondly, he practiced with gear on as if he was preparing for a game.

<![CDATA[Newy Predicts Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles Winner]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:55:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_EAGLES_COWBOYS_PREDICTION_FOR_WEB_1200x675_794585155808.jpg Newy Scruggs gives his detailed prediction of Sunday night's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.]]> <![CDATA[Pro Football Focus: Dak NFL's Top Rookie So Far]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:43:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610472372.jpg

We are about to enter Week 8 of the NFL season and guess who is ranked as the top rookie in the league? Dak Prescott.

The Dallas Cowboys' rookie quarterback was named top dog by the website Pro Football Focus. He was on a bye last week and replaced his fellow rookie signal caller Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is PFF's thought process in making Prescott No. 1:

"You don't lose your job due to injury in the NFL, and you can't move up in the rookie rankings when you're on a bye week—but don't tell that to Dak Prescott. Coming off a bye week puts him on equal footing with Carson Wentz, and helps to emphasize the fact that Prescott's numbers trump the No. 2 overall pick's after the Eagles' QB had a rough outing against the Vikings. The Cowboys' QB only has three turnover-worthy throws all season, second-fewest in the league."

The other Cowboys rookie, running back Ezekiel Elliott, was ranked fourth. PFF wrote:

"Status quo for the Cowboys' running back, as he still sits atop the rushing crown even after a bye week. The only real flaw in his game at the moment is that his 11 broken tackles are only the 21st-most in the league; with his vision and decisiveness, however, that really isn't an issue. In fact, Elliott's 383 yards after contact are the second-most in the NFL."

The Cowboys and Eagles meet in Arlington this week on NBC 5's Sunday Night Football.

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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Returns to the Field, Throws But Doesn't Practice]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-26-11h54m05s13.png

For the first time since injuring his back in a preseason game in Seattle, Tony Romo was seen on the practice field with the Cowboys.

He was in shorts and a T-shirt, and didn't practice, but he did participate in a limited capacity.

Romo, running "third string," threw passes to warm-up wide receivers and did a few drills after Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez got their turns.

This appearance was a surprise, because head coach Jason Garrett had said just moments before practice that Romo would continue his rehab and not participate on the field.

The veteran quarterback is not expected to play Sunday against Philadelphia.

Romo's limited participation in practice is a positive sign that his injured back is getting healthy. Until now, the quarterback had worked out privately with the athletic training staff.

Prescott is still the team's quarterback for now.

<![CDATA[ Joe Theismann On Tony Romo: "I Fear For His Safety." ]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:57:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-tony-romo-cowboys-back-injury_1.jpg

Joe Theismann quarterbacked Washington to a Super Bowl XVII win over the Miami Dolphins and he’s never lacked for opinions.

Theismann says Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo needs to hang it up.  He told NBC Sports Radio’s Mark Malone, he is concerned about Tony Romo’s health saying, “I don’t think Tony Romo should ever play football again. I fear for his safety.  I go all the way back to the play he got hurt on. The one play he got hurt on in the preseason. And it  didn’t look like to me, he could get out of harm’s way and with the speed and size and the nature of our game and the men that play it, if you can’t protect yourself it’s just a matter of time till you get injured.”

Theismann’s career ended via injury on Monday Night Football in November 1985. He knows something about injuries and he believes another injury to Romo could be lurking when he told host Mark Malone, “Remember that collarbone hasn’t been tested.  We’re just talking about a back right now…which by the way, has gone through the third problems that they’ve had.”

Jerry Jones told the media Romo was his “number one quarterback” after the Cowboys beat Cincinnati at home October 9th.  Theismann now questions Jones’ thought process saying, “Although I do think Jerry is extremely loyal to Tony and I think he envisions Tony Romo a little bit like the Denver Broncos used Peyton Manning but on the other side of it, why disrupt something that has been working so well for you?  It’s so hard to find what the Cowboys have right now with Dak and Ezekiel why would you disrupt that?”

Theismann’s take is not unpopular right now.  Many former signal callers (Troy Aikman, Brett Favre to name a few) think Prescott should remain the Cowboys starter.  Add Joey T to the Dak Team, “That’s the question I would ask Jerry: If you are gonna make a change, why? Why? Because you want Tony to play? That is not a good excuse to me.”

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones, 2016 NFL Executive of the Year?]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:25:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-jersey1.jpg

Yeah, I'm 10 games away from this statement blowing up in my face, but Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones could win the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Executive of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

After going 5-1 and leading the NFC East, Jones has to be on the ballot along with Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman and Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman as the top executive in the league.

Jones' club was 4-12 last year. Then, on draft day he defied many draft gurus by taking Ezekiel Elliott at fourth overall. The new-age thinking is "you can find a back in later rounds" or "you don't draft a running back that high."

The Cowboys saw how they went 12-4 two years ago with DeMarco Murray having an excellent season leading the NFL in rushing. Murray helped the Cowboys control the time of possession in games and allowed the Cowboys' defense to outperform expectations. Elliott currently leads the NFL in rushing, as the Cowboys are duplicating their 2014 success.

That 2014 club also started the season 5-1.

The club drafted Dak Prescott in the fourth round and he's gone from being the club's third-string quarterback to the starter who may end up making Tony Romo his backup. Jones openly regretted not trading up for Paxton Lynch in the first round of the draft. He refused to add more to his draft day trade deal than Denver did, so Jones ended up with Prescott after Romo and Kellen Moore suffered injuries, and the rookie has won five straight games and has the Cowboys in first place. Lynch is 0-1 in his only NFL start for Denver.

The Cowboys' defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard wide receiver through six games. The list of players the defense has gone up against so far includes A.J. Green, Odell Beckham Jr., Alshon Jeffery, Jordy Nelson, Desean Jackson, Eddie Lacy, Jeremy Hill, Jordan Howard and Carlos Hyde.

There are 10 games left in the Cowboys season so everything I'm writing could change, but as for right now, you have to say Jerry Jones is the front runner to win the NFL Executive of the Year…again.

Photo Credit: Noah Bullard, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Your Cowboys Fan Photos]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:14:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/18b57db1302e41e1bb58332cdae0e037.jpg Your Dallas Cowboys fan photos.

Photo Credit: Diane Abel]]>
<![CDATA[Newy, Pat Take on Dak-Romo Debate]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:25:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dak-v-romo-scruggs-doney_1200x675_792135235587.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney discuss who should quarterback the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo's return from injury nears.]]> <![CDATA[Eagles, Cowboys Vie for NFC East Lead Sunday]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:06:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-eagles-snf-scruggs-doney_1200x675_792130627820.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney preview Sunday Night Football's matchup between the NFC East rivals Eagles and Cowboys in Dallas.]]> <![CDATA[Want to Trade or Cut Tony Romo? Well, It's Not Cheap]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/The+Star+45+Doney.jpg

I constantly hear from fans on social media and on my NBC Sports Radio show about “trading” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Dak Prescott is doing a great job, but I’m 100 percent against that this season.

Trading Romo is a costly proposition. According to the website www.overthecap.com, Romo has a $19.6 million dollar cap charge in 2017.

The Cowboys could release Romo after June 1.

This is a popular way a lot of teams move on from players and OTC wrote this about that very move:

This is a popular idea because of the fact that the June 1 cut allows a team to spread the dead money charge across two seasons. In this case Dallas would take a $10.7 million cap charge in 2017 and an $8.9 million charge in 2018 rather than a $19.6 million charge all in 2017. The difficulty with this scenario is that Dallas would be forced to carry Romo on their roster at a $24.7 million cap charge through June 1. The savings are not reflected during free agency nor are the savings reflected at the start of the league year when a team must be salary cap compliant.

Want to keep Romo as a backup and make him take a pay cut? 

Want Romo to retire?

These scenarios are discussed here. And they do a great of explaining it at Over The Cap. 

Dallas has a lot more reasons to keep Tony Romo around and money is a big part of it.  

Jerry Jones kept on restructuring Romo’s contract to kick the can down the road on paying for it.

Nobody thought it would be an issue when Dak Prescott was drafted in the fourth round back in April.

Photo Credit: Pat Doney, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[McFadden Willing to Play Special Teams if Necessary]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:04:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/501299408.jpg

There's a forgotten made in the Cowboys backfield. His name is Darren McFadden. He hasn't played a snap this season because he's on the Non-Football Injury list after injuring his elbow. McFadden, now healthy, told ESPN he's ready and waiting for the Cowboys to activate him.

"I've been cleared to play, my elbow is pretty much fully healed now. I'm on the NFI list so I have to miss the first six weeks. We came back and revisited, so I'm going to have to miss the next three weeks until week 9, and maybe start practicing then. So, for me it's just a waiting game. I'm healthy, I feel great, I'm in great shape and you know I'm just going to be ready to go whenever the team decides to activate me," said McFadden.

McFadden is in a tough spot, because the Cowboys don't necessarily need him right now. Ezekiel Elliott is leading the league in rushing, Alfred Morris is a capable No. 2 and Lance Dunbar gives the Cowboys a dangerous threat in the passing game.

The former Razorback doesn't exactly have a role when, if he returns. He's an insurance policy if nothing else, unless the Cowboys trade him to a team in need of a running back.

"I want to do whatever I can to help the team. If the coaches decide they want me running down on special teams or whatever it is they want me to do, I just want to be out there playing and contributing anyway I can," said McFadden.

McFadden finished 2015 4th in rushing with 1,089 yards.

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<![CDATA[Forecasting the Remainder of the Cowboys Season]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:18:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607552614.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys come out of the bye week with a 5-1 record. They're the NFC East leaders and they're tied for the best record in the NFC. How good can this regular season be? Assuming the quarterback is Dak Prescott for the rest of 2016 (which may or may not be the case), I handicapped the remaining schedule.

Oct. 30 - Philadelphia: This is the first of two games against the Eagles. Philadelphia knocked off the last unbeaten team, Minnesota, which snapped a 2-game losing streak. The intriguing part about this game is that it's the first meeting between the two star rookie quarterbacks, Prescott and Carson Wentz. In all likelihood, it's the first of many meetings between the two. An overlooked aspect of the Eagles is their defense. They are getting turnovers and sacks at a high rate, and it might be the best defense Prescott will face this season. I still like the Cowboys because it's a home game. 6-1.

Nov. 6 - @ Cleveland: The Browns might be the worst team in the NFL. They haven't won a game and they're also playing a rookie quarterback. However, this rookie quarterback is nothing like Prescott and Wentz. Cody Kessler of USC is a developmental QB forced into action because of injuries. The Browns have the least amount of quality talent in the league, so Kessler isn't getting much help. The Cowboys win this easily, even though it's on the road. 7-1.

Nov. 13 - @ Pittsburgh: Did the Cowboys get lucky? A knee injury to star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger puts his status for this game in doubt. If that's the case, Dallas will face former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones who doesn't scare anybody. It's a shame Big Ben isn't healthy, because a full strength Cowboys-Steelers game would be must see TV. What might make this week even more interesting is Tony Romo. This might be his first full week healthy and practicing. Cowboys win but it's not easy. 8-1.

Nov. 20 - Baltimore: It's hard to figure out the Ravens. They're very injured and don't have a true identity. After starting the season 3-0, they've lost four straight. I wish I could elaborate more on the Ravens, but again, I don't have a good feel for what they are. Cowboys might get tested or they might blow them out. 9-1.

Nov. 24 - Washington: My first ever professional football game I attended was a Cowboys-Redskins game on Thanksgiving. It was 1990, the Cowboys won 27-17. However, in 2016 I think Dallas loses. I think the Cowboys are the better team, and will ultimately win the division, but Dallas is eventually going to stumble. Plus, beating a team twice in the same season is very difficult. It's a short week too, which will play a factor. Washington has found ways to win after a tough start, and they'll be fighting for a way into the postseason at that time. 9-2.

Dec. 1 - @ Minnesota: Could this be a playoff preview game? The Vikings finally lost and they have offensive issues, but Mike Zimmer has this team playing great on defense. This is a prime time game on Thursday night and the Minnesota crowd is still excited about the brand new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. I see a low scoring game. The Cowboys still struggle for the first time to run the ball at will and the Vikings defensive line will put enough pressure on Prescott to make him uncomfortable. The Cowboys can win this game, but I see Minnesota taking it. 9-3.

Dec. 11 - @ N.Y. Giants: I'm going to assume that the Giants will be desperate at this point in the season. They've had a lot of ups and downs, which will force them into playing quality football down the stretch to make the postseason. Not only is it a rivalry game, but the Giants will need it to stay alive. The Cowboys will have 10 days off between this game and the Minnesota game, so they'll be well rested. For the same reason I said Washington will beat Dallas on Thanksgiving, I'm going with Dallas. A long, long time ago in Week 1, the Giants beat Dallas 20-19. The Cowboys get revenge on the road. 10-3.

Dec. 18 - Tampa Bay: I'll save you the time of reading my analysis of this game. The Bucs stink. Cowboys roll big. 11-3.

Dec. 26 - Detroit: The Lions return to AT&T Stadium for the first time since losing a 2014 playoff game to the Cowboys. Luckily for Brandon Carr, Calvin Johnson retired. Luckily for Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, Ndamukong Suh moved on to Miami. The Lions are polarizing. They can look great and beat anybody, or lose to the worst of the worst. The Cowboys secondary will be tested with the likes of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Anquon Boldin. However, Dallas has enough to beat the Lions who have one of their bad days. 12-3.

Jan. 1 - @ Eagles: It's the season finale and the Cowboys have already wrapped up a 1st-round bye and a home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Eagles will need this game to get into the playoffs so they'll be hungry. Imagine this scenario for a moment; if this is a meaningless game and the Cowboys are trying to protect their starting quarterback, could Romo be the "backup mop-up duty" QB? It's a crazy scenario, but it's not far-fetched. Cowboys lose and finish the season 12-4.

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<![CDATA[Romo Doesn't Practice During Bye Week's Wednesday Practice]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:09:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595430850.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was absent from Wednesday's bye week practice. The team will have the rest of the week off.

Romo hasn't practiced since injuring his back almost eight weeks ago in the third preseason game.

Romo's absence from practice is a sign that he'll likely miss the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles following the bye week, when Dak Prescott is expected to make his seventh start.

The rookie quarterback has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record and is an early MVP candidate.

The following week is in jeopardy as well for Romo. The Cowboys will head on the road to Cleveland to face the Browns on Nov. 6. That is a potential target for Romo to be healthy, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll return as the starting quarterback.

Romo needs to get healthy, but he also needs to get in game shape. That includes knocking off the rust and reestablishing quarterback-wide receiver timing.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Injures Fingers in Kitchen Accident]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:55:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez+bryant+fingers+taped.jpg

Even on a bye week, the Dallas Cowboys are making news. The unfortunate part is that it's injury news.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant says he cut two fingers on his right hand while preparing a meal in his kitchen. Bryant sliced himself while cutting carrots for a soup.

The Pro Bowler practiced on Wednesday, the one day the team is allowed to practice during the bye week. His fingers were heavily taped and he caught few balls to protect the injury.

Bryant said the kitchen accident won't force him to miss any game time.

The Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 30 on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Sponsors Pet Adoption Day]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:50:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EZEKIEL+ELLIOT.jpg Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot is off to a great start in his rookie season, and now he is helping some pets find their forever families in North Texas. Elliott partnered with the Dallas SPCA to sponsor "Run to the Shelter," an adoption event where people could adopt a pet for just $21.

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<![CDATA[Prescott or Romo? Garrett Reveals Very Little]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-17-16h52m44s79.png

After an impressive road win in Green Bay, it's getting harder to deny Dak Prescott an opportunity to be the Cowboys starting quarterback. He's 5-1 and a MVP candidate, while Tony Romo continues to rehab from a back injury.

Following the Packers win, Jason Garrett wasn't ready to commit to either quarterback. A barrage of starting quarterback questions became redundant to the head coach who paused before answering a question and tapped on the press conference microphone asking "does this microphone work?"

"Tony is doing a great job with his rehab. He's worked very hard to come back like he has over the last couple years when he's dealt with these injuries," said Garrett. "A big part of his life right now is spending time with the trainers, our strength coaches and slowly work him back into throwing."

"In regards to Dak Prescott, his job is to prepare to play. He's been playing quarterback for us for the first six ball games, and he comes to work everyday to prepare, prepare, prepare and then go play on Sunday afternoons and he's done a good job with that," said Garrett.

It seems like most everyone who has an opinion believes that Prescott should be the starting quarterback even when Romo returns, but everyone does not include Garrett and Jerry Jones.

The two have loyalty to Romo, but their job is to win. Therefore, they're both tip-toeing on a fine line with No. 9. In this season of voting, they're very political with how they're handling this "quarterback controversy."

At first, it was "this is Romo's team regardless." Now, it's "this is a wonderful problem to have." That says more about Prescott than it does Romo. The rookie is playing incredible football. Players want to play, despite what they may say publicly. One of these quarterbacks will live with the disappointment of sitting on the sidelines.

There's no need to make a definitive quarterback choice right now, as this is the team's bye week. The Cowboys will practice once this week and Romo isn't expected to participate.

The day to circle is October 26. This is the first day of the work week coming out of the bye. Will Romo practice that day? And if he does, who will take the first team snaps? That practice should reveal how the Cowboys will handle the two quarterbacks moving forward.

<![CDATA[Newy, Drew on Cowboys Defense Stepping Up]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:39:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_COWBOYS_DEFENSE_1200x675_787263043753.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson tells NBC 5 sports anchor Newy Scruggs how the Cowboys defense was able to stifle the Packers in Green Bay Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, Drew Talk Ezekiel Elliott's Impact on Cowboys]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:11:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_EZEKIEL_ELLIOTT_1200x675_787262531982.jpg Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson and NBC 5 talk about the impact rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has on the Cowboys.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, Drew on Cowboys' QB Controversy]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_DAK_PRESCOTT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_787263555894.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson says he might be changing his stance on whether Dak Prescott should remain the team's quarterback when Tony Romo returns from injury.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Reaction: Jerry Jones Pleased With Win]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:18:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Doney_With_Jerry_1200x675_787204675868.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney catches up with Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones after Sunday's win over the Packers.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Reaction: Big Plays by Church in Win Over Packers]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:15:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Doney_with_Church_1200x675_787205187739.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Cowboys safety Barry Church after Sunday's win over the Packers.]]> <![CDATA[Prescott Breaks Brady's Interception Streak, Then Throws One]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615056424.jpg

With all the promise Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott has shown, he already passed a current legend. Prescott moved by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for most passes thrown to start a career without an interception.

Brady's record of 162 passes to begin his career started in 2000 and that number held for 16 years until Prescott beat it late in the 1st quarter. The rookie quarterback hit Terrance Williams for a 15-yard pass which nudged his interception-less streak to 163.

Nobody in NFL history has thrown more passes without an interception to start a career than Prescott.

That number grew to 176. However, pass 177 was intercepted. Prescott's throw to Jason Witten was off the mark and Packers DB Morgan Burnett picked it off.

The throw didn't seem to phase the young quarterback. On the following drive, Prescott led the Cowboys down the field and tossed his third touchdown of the game to Cole Beasley.

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<![CDATA[5 Things To Know: Cowboys at Packers ]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:23:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/usa-ezekiel-elliott-cowboys.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney has the 5 Things To Know as the Cowboys hit the road for Green Bay to face the Packers.

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<![CDATA[Newy Explains Why the Cowboys Need 2 Quarterbacks]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:41:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/showers-prescott-romo.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the Dallas Cowboys need two quarterbacks.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Prediction for Cowboys, Packers Game]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:38:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys2packers1.11.14.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives his prediction for the Cowboys Packers game.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Support Boys and Girls Clubs]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:55:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610468130.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys should certainly credit rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott for their 4-1 start.

Just as Elliott credits the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for much of his success.

Before Elliott was an All-America out of Ohio State and leading the NFL in rushing, he was very involved with the program in St. Louis.

"That's where i was really introduced to sports. That's where I made my best friends," he said. "I still talk to my little league coaches from when I was 7, so it really was important for me."

Meanwhile, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee made a pledge to help the Boys and Girls Club in Collin County this year. Every time Lee records a sack, money goes to the organization.

Lee said he is really taken by what the organization does.

"It's unbelievable", he said, "You know the void they fill in some of these children's lives, the opportunities they give them, the programs that they run there. It's a place where kids can go and experience a lot."

Lee's Sack for Kids presented by World Ventures is currently getting $800 per sack.

NBC 5's Marc Fein will emcee the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County's annual Chrysalis Ball Saturday night. Mayors from all the Collin County cities will be there to help raise money for this great organization. 

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<![CDATA[NBC Sunday Night Football Reporter Says Romo Should Sit ]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michelle-tafoya-vote.jpg

I think Tony Romo should get his job back as the starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

I stated my thoughts here.

Michele Tafoya of NBC Sunday Night Football believes rookie Dak Prescott needs to remain the starting quarterback, even if Romo is ready to return to action later this month.

Our conversation on my NBC Sports Radio show was interesting.

Click here for the full interview.  

She made one interesting thought.

“If you get to a point, you’re 4-1 right now, Let’s say you get to 6-2…the midway point. Are you honestly gonna make a change at quarterback? The most important position on the field. I just don’t know how you can justify it. I get it, Tony Romo has been your franchise quarterback, but I don’t know.  The point of the NFL is to win games and they are doing that, so I don’t know how you change it.”

Jerry Jones seems to have left the door open that Romo could be replaced but, I'm not buying right now.

I think Jones enjoys the attention and will put Romo back in the lineup when he is healthy. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Featured on SI Cover]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610472742.jpg

Back in May, the news of a Dallas Cowboys quarterback being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated wouldn't have been surprising.

Rookie Dak Prescott being that quarterback probably would have.

Prescott probably wasn't even the Cowboys' top choice at quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. They picked Prescott after reportedly missing out on trading up for Paxton Lynch, now in Denver, and Connor Cook, picked by the Raiders.

So far, though, Prescott appears to have been the best pick for them. In his first five NFL games, he's passed for 1,239 yards and 4 touchdowns against 0 interceptions.

More importantly, he's helped lead the Cowboys to a 4-1 record.

"It’s like he’s not even a rookie," Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley told SI's Pete Thamel. "It’s like he’s a five-year vet."

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboy Greg Hardy to Try MMA Fighting: Report]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/496338154.jpg

Defensive end Greg Hardy said he is putting his football career on hold to pursue a career in mixed martial arts fighting, according to MMAFighting.com.

Representatives of the former Dallas Cowboy and Carolina Panther told the website he has been training for several months in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement to MMAFighting.com. "I'm going to do this the right way."

Hardy's team told the website he weighs about 285 pounds will likely debut as a heavyweight in 2017.

The 28-year-old Hardy missed most of the 2014 season due to a domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend. After signing with the Cowboys, he also misssed the first four games of the 2015 season due to the case.

Richardson police arrested Hardy for cocaine possession in September.

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<![CDATA[Brandon Carr Takes Time to Help Kids Succeed]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BRANDON_CARR_ON_KIDS_1200x675_783043651557.jpg

You can always count on Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.

A day after a good defensive performance against one of the best receivers in the league, he took time out Monday to give back to the community during the NFL Play 60/Read 20 event in Frisco.

It's an event to encourage young people to exercise both their bodies and minds. Carr is an avid reader and supporter of the NFL Play 60 program. Through his Carr Cares Foundation, he provides books to schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Carr says he enjoys giving back to the kids.

<![CDATA[NBC Sports' Harrison: Dak vs. Tony Debate Could Lose Players]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:46:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-488138588.jpg

My buddy and NBC Sports Radio colleague Rodney Harrison won Super Bowls with the New England Patriots had this to say on whether Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will start over Dak Prescott when Romo returns from injury:

"That's a situation where you have to be very gentle. If you continue to win, if Dak is continually having success, there's a chance that Jason Garrett could lose his locker room if he makes a change. He has to understand that it's not about one individual player. You have accountability to an entire locker room," Harrison said.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says Romo is Dallas' number one quarterback. And team executive vice president Stephen Jones told me on NBC 5 that they love what rookie Prescott has done but believe they can open up the offense even more once Romo is healthy again.

The Cowboys' players had done a great job not taking sides on this debate. Here's Harrison on how players may view a QB change:

"(If) you're winning and things are going well and you want this guy to stay, and all of a sudden they make a change, you lose respect for your coach," Harrison said.

I think the Cowboys' players know the decision is not made by Garrett but by the Jones family, and I think they will live up to their word and give Romo his job back.

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<![CDATA[Newy, Drew Preview Sunday's Cowboys-Packers Game]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:17:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blue_Star_Packers_Preview_1200x675_782563395925.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson and NBC 5 Sports Anchor Newy Scruggs preview the Cowboys Sunday afternoon game against the Packers in Green Bay.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, Drew Discuss Dak-Romo Debate]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:34:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613626936.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson and NBC 5 Sports Anchor Newy Scruggs discuss who should quarterback the Cowboys when Tony Romo returns from injury.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, Drew on How Cowboys Are 4-1]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613635892.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson tells NBC 5 Sports Anchor Newy Scruggs how the Cowboys have reached 4-1.]]> <![CDATA[5 To Know: Cowboys Win over Bengals]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613641476.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney has the 5 Things to Know from the Cowboys win over the Bengals at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Newy Predicts Cowboys-Bengals Winner]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:43:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_COWBOYS_BENGALS_PREDICTION_1200x675_780988995674.jpg NBC 5 sports anchor Newy Scruggs predicts who will win Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals in Arlington.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Emotional 2012 Game Vs. Bengals]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:46:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_george_on_cowboys_bengals_jerry_brown_memories_1200x675_780722243871.jpg Pat Doney and The Dallas Morning News Cowboys reporter Brandon George remember back to the last time the Cowboys played the Bengals, two days after Dallas linebacker Jerry Brown passed away in a car accident.]]> <![CDATA[AT&T Stadium Rolls Out New Game Day Foods]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/195*120/chicken-mozz-sandwich.jpg

Potato chips in chocolate chip cookies, chorizo meatballs topped with chocolate -- there is some bold play calling happening inside the kitchen at AT&T Stadium.

Thursday, the culinary team at Jerry World showed off the unique new foods they'll be serving up during games this season.

"With the fan base that we have, it's really diverse, and we want to try to be able to create successful broad strokes of approaches to the foods," said Tony Sinese, Executive Chef for Legends, which provides all food and concession services at AT&T Stadium. "We strive to break the mold. We push and lead the market with being able to provide chef crafted products that are all made from scratch and are local and sustainable."

Among the foods debuting on Game Days:

The Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger:  House made spinach and feta turkey burger with garlic aioli and spring-mix tossed with Italian vinaigrette and sliced tomatoes.

Authentic Mexican Pambazo:  Fresh bolillo bun, house made refried beans, potato chorizo mixture, Oaxaca cheese, shredded lettuce and sour cream. Dipped in a guajillo chili sauce.

Chorizo Meatball Sub:  House made chorizo meatballs stewed in house made mole sauce on a fresh bolillo bun, topped with grated cotija cheese and sprinkled cilantro.

Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich:   Parmesan Cuban bread with grilled Tuscan-marinated chicken, basil-pesto aioli, spinach, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Cheetos Popcorn: Cheddar Popcorn mixed and served with Flamin Hot and Jalapeno Cheddar flavored Cheetos.

Potato Chip Cookies: Three different flavors of cookies with various flavored potato chips baked into them -- a double chocolate with original potato chips, a sour cream cookie with sour cream and onion chips, and a snicker doodle cookie with Fritos.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence Off Suspension]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-05-15h17m20s199.png

On a day where Dez Bryant, Dan Bailey and Tony Romo didn't practice, the Cowboys welcomed back a key player to the field.

Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence served his 4-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and returned to practice for the first time since the regular season started.

Lawrence is clearly the team's top defensive lineman and will be a boost to the front seven. The Cowboys have six sacks on the season, which is tied for 24th in the NFL.

"He's certainly an experienced player. He had a really good training camp. So, he has some reps under his belt but he just has to get himself acclimated. A big thing for those guys coming back is the conditioning, so hopefully he'll benefit from the work today and progress as the week goes on," said head coach Jason Garrett.

"I feel like we'll get more pressure on the quarterback. I feel like he's a player that's always disruptive and always just around the quarterback and has a non-stop motor," said fellow defensive lineman Cedric Thornton.

Lawrence couldn't practice during the 4-game suspension so he's a bit rusty, but there's a bigger concern regarding his health.

"Well he's got a couple of things going on. He missed the time because of the suspension but he also has a little bit of a back injury that he's been working through. So we're hopeful he's able handle the work today and progress as it goes on," said Garrett.

Combing the rust and the sore back, the Cowboys will work Lawrence back in slowly but he will play on Sunday against the Bengals.

<![CDATA[Possible Cowboys QB Controversy in the Future?]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:34:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Watkins_Quarterback_1200x675_778361923646.jpg Will there be a quarterback controversy once Tony Romo returns? NBC 5's David Watkins has Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett's comments from Monday at The Star in Frisco.]]> <![CDATA[Newy & Drew Talk Bengals]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:42:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-bengals-2012-11.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and the Original 88 Drew Pearson discuss the upcoming Cowboys game with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 9.

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<![CDATA[Blue Star Breakdown: Dak Mania]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610472742.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and the Original 88 Drew Pearson talk about what's ahead for the Cowboys, and Tony Romo, considering Dak Prescott's performance.

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