<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News, Analysis, and Scores for the Giants, Jets. Patriots, Huskies, Knicks and More]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:16:17 -0600 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:16:17 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mavs Stand Tall in NBA's Toughest Division]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:31:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458830286.jpg

Good news: The Mavs are one of the best teams in the NBA. Bad news: They play in, by far, the league’s toughest division.

While other divisions are dragged down by teams like the 0-10 Sixers (Atlantic), 2-9 Lakers (Pacific) or 2-7 Timberwolves, the worst team in the Southwest is the defending champion. That’s right, last place belongs to the 6-4 Spurs.

What it means for the Mavs, of course, is more games against tougher opponents. Intra-division there is no cupcakes among the Grizzlies (10-1), Rockets (9-2) or Pelicans (6-4). At 8-3 entering tonight’s game at the Wizards, the Mavs would be leading one division, tied for first in another and in second place in the other two. But in the Southwest, they’re merely in third place.

You can make a valid argument than the NBA’s Southwest is the best division in all of sports. All six teams having winning records and the cumulative mark is a stunning 39-14 (.735). The NBA’s Atlantic, for example, is a paltry 18-32.

In American sports, only the NFL’s AFC North features every team with a winning record. But its collective winning percentage is only 25-17-1 (.581). No baseball or hockey divisions boasted every team with a winning record.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[One-on-One With Dirk Nowitzki]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:09:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Closeup-111714.jpg Dirk Nowitzki talks about his 16 years with the Dallas Mavericks, his NBA legacy and fatherhood with NBC 5's Pat Doney. More at NBA.com and DallasMavericks.com.

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<![CDATA[Ogando Opting Out of Winter Ball]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:03:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/484640631.jpg

Alexi Ogando has had a rough go of things lately.

After he got off to an awful start in the Texas Rangers' bullpen in 2014, he was shut down with elbow inflammation and ended up not pitching again, finishing his year after just 27 games, which were largely unsuccessful.

The plan all along has been for the right-handed reliever, who has dabbled as a starter throughout his career, to pitch in the Dominican Republic in winter ball to help him prepare for spring training since he hasn't pitched since June.

Ogando was set to make his Dominican debut on Friday, but then the plans suddenly changed as Ogando decided he would not pitch winter ball after reporting some soreness. The pain wasn't considered serious, but even still he will not pitch this winter.

This is interesting because the Rangers will need to pay Ogando roughly $3.5 million in arbitration to avoid a hearing if they want him in 2015, and with the large number of guys vying for bullpen spots next season and Ogando's ineffectiveness, it might make sense to let him walk away. However, general manager Jon Daniels has gone on record saying the Rangers plan to make offers to both Ogando and Mitch Moreland to avoid arbitration.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Not Thinking About Garrett's Contract]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:16:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett-jones-camp-day0-02.jpg

Apparently, Jerry Jones is content to wait until after the season to revisit Jason Garrett’s contract status.

In fact, in an interview with 105.3-FM The Fan this week, Jones said that he hasn’t even been thinking about Garrett’s contract status. Garrett’s four-year deal runs out at year’s end.

“It’s really a non event for me, whether there is concern [from the outside] about it or not,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t mean to sound that way, but it hasn’t been a concern of mine and we haven’t made it a concern for the club this year. This talk about these contracts, no matter who it is that has a pending contract or one that’s coming up, that’s all for [media and fans] to talk about. That really has no impact on my day.”

Garrett has finished 8-8 in each of his three full seasons as a head coach to this point, and has come up just short of the playoffs in each of those. With a 7-3 record this season, Jones has been full of praise for Garrett, saying he is still improving as a head coach.

We’ll have to wait and see if this praise will translate to a new deal for Garrett.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Bring Back Gimenez]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:14:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/451352554.jpg

Think back to last season and the revolving door that was the Texas Rangers' roster throughout their train wreck of an injury-plagued season, and try to remember the catching situation.

Remember, the Rangers were set to the start the season with Geovany Soto and J.P. Arencibia on the roster as catchers. Soto was hurt, and Arencibia was the Opening Day starter behind the plate before that experiment ran dry in a hurry and gave way to Robinson Chirinos.

Of course, Chirinos went on to be one of the bigger pleasant surprises for the Rangers, shining behind the plate as a still relatively new catcher despite his advanced age for this stage in his career. But behind him for much of the season was Chris Gimenez.

The veteran catcher was dealt to Cleveland late in the season, but he was brought back on Thursday when the Rangers signed him to a minor-league deal. It's assumed he'll fight for the backup catcher spot behind Chirinos with guys like Russell Martin off the market.

There's also one interesting tidbit about Gimenez, and that's that he was Yu Darvish's "personal catcher" to some extent and obviously built a strong relationship with him. Gimenez caught 12 of Darvish's 22 starts, and saw some great results from the Rangers' ace, including two complete games (three if you count a rain-shortened seven-inning affair against the Yankees).

Gimenez hit .241 and showed a little pop with 10 home runs in his limited action and very well could be in the Rangers' plans as a backup option to Chirinos.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Physicality Could Be Key Down Homestretch]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:04:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457968560.jpg

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is hoping his team’s newfound emphasis on physicality will help them out as they head down the homestretch of the 2014 season.

“You do want to have a team that can handle any conditions--playing on the road, dealing with weather, all the different things that come with being away from your home,” Garrett told the team’s website. “Those are adverse circumstances and you want to be able to embrace those as a team.”

The Cowboys certainly seem to be constructed for just those conditions, as they feature the NFL’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, who is working behind a young and very strong offensive line.

“If your team is set up the right way, you might be able to do that,” Garrett said. “Being a physical team, being a team that can run the football, certainly makes you more weather-proof or away-proof than you would be otherwise.”

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<![CDATA[Buffalo Bills Hitch Rides Aboard Snowmobiles]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:53:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KRAIG+URBIK1.JPG

Up to seven feet of snow wasn't going to stop the Buffalo Bills from flying out to Detroit for Monday’s game against the Jets — even if some players needed a novel way to get to the Bills’ stadium and a bus to the airport.

“Just texted with a Bills player who was picked up on a snowmobile to head to his game,” tweeted Albert Breer, national reporter for the NFL Network. “So in 10 years of covering the NFL, that’s a first.”

The game was supposed to have been played in Buffalo on Sunday, but was moved to Detroit because of the deadly storm.

The blizzard dropped 85 inches of snow on Buffalo, enough to bury Snookie, Jim Kelly and even Yao Ming.

On The MMQB, Peter King describes the planning that went into the "snowmobile rescues."

"I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications," he wrote.



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<![CDATA[Darvish Set to Arrive Thursday]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:43:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/rangers072814.jpg

Yu Darvish has missed out on a lot since the season ended. He wasn't around when the Texas Rangers hired Jeff Banister as their new manager. He wasn't around when it was eventually decided that pitching coach Mike Maddux, whom Banister beat out for the manager's job, would stick around and remain in his position. Now, he's set for a return to the U.S. and to DFW, where he is set to arrive Thursday from Japan.

Darvish has meetings scheduled with several club officials, including one with his new manager, and he is also scheduled to undergo an MRI on his elbow, which was suffering from inflammation that caused him to be shut down for the final month and a half of the Rangers' train wreck of a season.

If the MRI on his elbow comes back without any issues, Darvish will begin his normal off-season throwing program on schedule soon.

Darvish finished the 2014 season with a 10-7 record and a 3.02 ERA with 182 strikeouts in just 144 1/3 innings. He is without question the Rangers' ace, and without question one of a handful of true aces in all of baseball, but the Rangers hope he can have his first DL-free season in 2015.



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<![CDATA[Prospects Added to 40-Man Roster]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:27:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jon-daniels.jpg

This time of year is always an interesting one, as MLB teams must solidify their 40-man roster in advance of next month's Rule 5 draft, which exposes prospects who have too much service time to be held in the minors and are open for other teams' taking.

On Thursday night, the Rangers placed four prospects on the 40-man roster, giving them a pay bump and meaning they'd be in big-league spring training if it were to begin today. It also symbolizes the team's confidence in the players because it protects them from being picked up by another team.

The group was highlighted by pitcher Luke Jackson and catcher Jorge Alfaro, who is one of the club's top prospects alongside Joey Gallo in the entire organization. Gallo, and other top prospects, don't yet have the time to allow them to be claimed in the Rule 5 draft, hence them not being added.

The two were joined by shortstop Hanser Alberto, a defensive-minded shortstop who won the minor-league equivalent of the Gold Glove, and pitcher Jerad Eickhoff.

Jackson struggled 10 starts after a midseason promotion to Triple-A Round Rock, but at Double-A Frisco he was one of the best pitchers in the Texas League as he was 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.

Alfaro had a short stint at Frisco after spending much of the season at High-A Hickory, and he hit .261 with 17 homers and 87 RBIs combined in the two leagues. He showed some rawness behind the plate with 13 errors but is still widely considered one of the top catching prospects in the game.



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<![CDATA[DeMarco Murray Not Looking Ahead]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:22:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457517236.jpg

As Richie Whitt wrote earlier, the Dallas Cowboys have to do all they can to focus on the Giants and only the Giants this week, and not pay any mind to the quick turnaround between that matchup and the Thanksgiving Day game against the Eagles, just five days after.

Running back DeMarco Murray doesn’t believe this will be a problem for the team.

It all goes to being mentally strong,” Murray said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We got to focus on the task at hand. The task is obviously the Giants. We’re not looking past those guys.”

According to Murray, this mental strength comes from the top, from head coach Jason Garrett.

“He expects people to handle themselves as professionals,” Murray said. “He expects us to work hard and know what we’re doing on and off the field. I definitely think that he’s pretty demanding.”

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<![CDATA[Dez: We Didn't Work Hard Enough in Recent Years]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:08:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457515492.jpg

In each of the past three seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

In those years, wide receiver Dez Bryant believes, the team didn’t work as hard as they needed to in order to get over the hump.

"I'm going to give you my honest opinion. The years that we did go 8-8, I think – me, because this is just how I am--I don't think we worked hard enough," Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. "I'm not saying we didn't work, like, I mean the offseason, during the OTAs--not the coaches. That's on us. The first thing that I did right after the game, we lost to Philadelphia (2013), my brother will tell you--I was working out the next day. Just because I felt like 'Damn, we didn't do enough.'

“Obviously we didn't do enough, they was the better team. It feels different, it's a lot different--it's a lot different from last year. We're more together, we want it more, we've got the same vision, and that's kind of hard when you've got a team like that."

On Sunday, the Cowboys will face the New York Giants, who--back in 2011--were the first to eliminate an 8-7 Cowboys team in a Week 17 win-and-in game. The Redskins accomplished the feat in 2012 and the Eagles did it last year.

"It's a big game, they are better than what their record shows and we can't go in under estimating our opponent," Bryant said of the Giants. “They are a great football team and we got to come out and stick to our plan and execute these plays the best way we possibly can to get that victory."

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<![CDATA[Robertson Dealt to Angels]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:01:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/rangers090414.jpg

Chances are, Dan Robertson had no place on the 2015 Texas Rangers' roster, assuming everyone is back to full health that was put on the shelf in last season's historically injury-plagued year.

On Thursday, the Rangers traded the veteran outfielder to division rival Los Angeles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash from the Angels. The move leaves just one player currently on the Rangers' roster who can play center field in Leonys Martin, which is a bit interesting.

Robertson was solid for the Rangers in 2014 after being acquired from San Diego and making his major-league debut. Robertson played in 70 games in both left and center field and carried a .300 batting average into September before trailing off and finishing the year with a .271 mark. He had nine doubles, a triple and drove in 21 runs.

The trade is a bit surprising given the center field depth, but the move had to be made to free up space on the 40-man roster to place prospects to be sure they aren't taken away in the Rule 5 draft next month.



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<![CDATA[Jerry: Randle Could Average Around 100 YPG]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:54:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458702456.jpg

It’s safe to say Jerry Jones is very confident in his young offensive line.

This week, the Cowboys owner and general manager went so far as to say that--behind that offensive line, and provided that he got enough carries--reserve running back Joseph Randle could average around 100 yards a game.

“We’ve got one that if he carried that ball 20 times a game, I think he would have outstanding numbers in the 100-yard up area. That is Joseph Randle,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “We’re really proud of his progress, what he’s doing. When he’s gotten the ball, he’s been impressive. He’s been impressive away from the ball. Then, of course, we can’t seem to get for anybody’s satisfaction, mainly [Scott] Linehan or Jason [Garrett] or anybody involved, we can’t seem to get the ball in Dunbar’s hands enough.

“When you look at that, and then we’ve got a back on our practice squad, [Ryan] Williams that just absolutely is ready to go if called upon. So we’re in pretty good shape at running back.”

Here in his second season, Randle has 201 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.

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<![CDATA[3 Reasons the Cowboys Will Beat the Giants]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:15:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458697470.jpg

The New York Giants have shown flashes of being a good team this season, but not consistently enough that Cowboys fans should worry about Sunday night's game in New Jersey.

As long as the Cowboys stick to what they've done well this season, they should notch win No. 8 and move even closer to a playoff berth for three reasons.

1. League's Best Run-Blocking Offensive Line

Anyone who has watched the Cowboys this season can see that the offensive line has performed exceptionally blocking the run, but they actually rank as the best in the league according to one statistic. Dallas ranks first in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards stat, which measures blockers’ impact on running plays.

Guess which NFL team has surrendered the most rushing yards this season. That’s right, the Giants. New York’s defense gives up an average of 145 yards rushing per game and 4.9 yards per carry.

So the formula for Sunday is simple: Hand off, gain five yards, repeat.

2. New York's Offensive Line

Conversely, the Giants mediocre offensive line was just offensive after right tackle Justin Pugh left last Sunday’s game with a quad injury. Pugh left after eight snaps and the San Francisco 49ers abused what was left, especially on the right side.

Look for defensive tackle Henry Melton and whoever else is playing over guard John Jerry and whoever the Giants plug in at right tackle, as Pugh is on track to miss Sunday’s game.

The Cowboys defensive line hasn’t notched many sacks this season, but that’s not as bad as many people think. The goal of defenders, especially along the line is simply disrupting the offense’s play. As Rotoworld and NBC Sports writer Josh Norris often says, “Disruption is production.” He’s right, especially because of…

3. The Other Manning

Eli Manning has had his moments, but he just isn’t as good as his brother Peyton. Not even close.

Eli has more Super Bowl rings than Peyton, but that’s about the only edge he holds over his big brother. Eli’s decision-making and anticipation is subpar, but the area where he really lags behind is pocket presence.

Eli senses pressure well, but he responds to it poorly. He doesn’t move well enough in the pocket and he tends to force poor throws, resulting in a lot of interceptions. In fact, he has led the NFL in interceptions three times and is only three off the league lead this season.

Bottom Line

The Cowboys defensive line doesn’t have to sack Eli Manning to be effective. They just need to get in his face, which they shouldn’t have trouble doing against the Giants’ patchwork offensive line.

Even if they can’t impact the game defensively, it shouldn’t matter. Dallas’ rushing attack should move through the Giants’ defense like a hot knife through butter on the way to winning by at least a touchdown.



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<![CDATA[Place Your Bets: Week 12]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:39:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458295658.jpg

If you live in Nevada, Oregon, Montana or Delaware, you're in luck. Otherwise, go to Canada or Europe and get your bet on for the NFL weekend! All games are Sunday unless otherwise noted.

1. Tennessee at Philadelphia (-11) — Big spread, yes, but we're talking about taking the home team here and it's an Eagles team that is going to be out for blood after an embarrassing defeat at Green Bay last week. The Titans simply aren't very good, and you can bet Chip Kelly will have his offense in high gear in this one.

2. Cincinnati (+1.5) at Houston — The Texans seem to have found their quarterback in Ryan Mallet, who had a solid game in his starting debut last week, but he's still a young quarterback who will make mistakes. The Bengals rebounded nicely last week with a big win over the Saints and should continue its solid play in Houston.

3. Arizona at Seattle (-6.5) — This is going to be a slugfest between two fierce defenses in a key divisional game. But here's the thing, the Seahawks are fighting for their playoff lives trying to avoid becoming the most recent Super Bowl champ to miss the playoffs the following year. And it's at home, so you've got to like their chances.

4. Washington at San Francisco (-9) — The Redskins are an absolute mess, and especially so since Robert Griffin III returned only to be in the center of a drama fire storm. The 49ers are getting healthy on defense and should shut the Redskins down on Sunday.

5. Dallas at New York Giants (+3.5) — I like the Cowboys to win this game, but only be a field goal, making the 3.5-point spread an easy one to pick. The Giants somehow hung with the 49ers last week despite five Eli Manning picks, so that has to say something about the way they played in other areas.

Last week: 3-2. 2014 season: 21-29.

 (Yes, it's been an awful season!)



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Not Good Enough To Look Past Pitiful Giants]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:35:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457511904.jpg

Dez Bryant’s contract. Josh Brent’s comeback. Adrian Peterson’s potential arrival. Christmas lights. Thanksgiving plans. The Eagles’ showdown on the horizon.

And, oh yeah, the Giants are 3-7.

Add it all up and, sure enough, Sunday’s game in MetLife Stadium is the perfectly dangerous “trap” game. As in, the Cowboys – and their fans – are doing a lot of talking this week. But not much of it centers on the goal of beating the Giants.

The Cowboys can get to eight victories Sunday, eliminate the Giants from playoff contention and potentially run Tom Coughlin out of a job. But in order to do that, they have to be focused on the singular, detailed hand at task and not the overall rosy picture.

The Giants aren’t hideous. They played the Cowboys even through three quarters in Arlington a month ago. They played the Seahawks into the fourth quarter. They have offensive weapons and they still have a smidge of pride. The Cowboys have bigger, better things in their future, but an upset loss to the Giants can prematurely poop on the entire party.

You’ll know if the Cowboys are overlooking the Giants immediately. Not in physical mistakes, per se. But more so mental errors like pre-snap penalties, or a general lack of emotion. Jason Garrett has his work cut out for him, because I sense the Cowboys being in a bad spot Sunday.

The Cowboys are good. But they haven’t risen to the point where there are good enough to win without their best. Let their guard down – for whatever reason – and they can lose to any team, any time.

Right, Redskins?
 

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Pranks Everyone with Finger Hoax]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:56:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP565783519558.jpg

Looks like Jose Canseco gave everyone the finger. 

The former Major League Baseball player took to Twitter at the end of October to announce that he had shot off his middle digit and had it reattached during surgery. Last week, Canseco claimed that the mangled finger fell off during a poker tournament because it had been “very loose” and “smelling really bad.” He also said he would be selling the thumb and gun that shot it off on eBay a few days later.

“Maybe I will make it a package the chrome 45 caliber Remington with the finger both for sale a package deal," he tweeted on Nov. 17.

But despite continuing to post on social media about the plan, Canseco reportedly will not be selling his appendage to the highest bidder—it was all just a prank.

When TMZ reporters followed up about the details of the unique eBay sale, Canseco finally admitted it was all a hoax, the site reported. He said he thought of the whole plan when he saw a fake finger in a Halloween store. 

What remains true, NBC Sports reports, is that the prankster did shoot off his finger but had it successfully reconnected with surgery.



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<![CDATA[Tomlinson: How Adrian Peterson Could End Up in Dallas]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:01:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have repeatedly declared their desire to hold onto both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray beyond this season. But if they end up only being able to pay Bryant, former Chargers and Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson believes the team could bring in the currently suspended Adrian Peterson--if the price is right, that is.

Peterson hasn’t played since Week 1, and won’t play again this season if the suspension handed down by the league this week--for the charges of child abuse to which Peterson pleaded no contest--holds up on appeal.

“Here’s the thing: at this time, I really think it all depends on the money,” Tomlinson said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That’s what it’s all about. How much is Adrian Peterson going to demand if he comes to Dallas? Now remember, you still have to pay Dez Bryant. Tony Romo has already gotten paid. Tyron Smith has already gotten paid, the left tackle. So how much money is available for Adrian Peterson if he’s able to come here?

“Now if Adrian is willing to take a pay cut to come here and you know you can’t afford DeMarco Murray, then I think having Adrian Peterson here is a no-brainer because you’re going to be able to get him at a cheaper price that what you’re going to be able to get DeMarco Murray at.”

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<![CDATA[Lawrence Champing at the Bit for First Sack]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:11:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458296770.jpg

Prior to the season, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence declared that his goal was to record double-digit sacks in his rookie season. Then, a fractured foot suffered during a drill in training camp threw a wrench into his plans, as he was forced to sit out the first eight games of the season.

Lawrence has now played in two games but he’s still yet to record a sack, and he’s chomping at the bit to get that first one under his belt.

"It feels like it's right there," Lawrence said, per ESPN Dallas. "It's just that tenth of a second, just making your move a little quicker, getting to the level of the quarterback fast. It's just working on those little small details and getting off the ball."

Lawrence has four tackles on the year thus far, but he still  doesn’t feel 100 percent back from the long layoff.

"It's only been a couple of games, but I'm just trying to work, develop my character and get my instincts back to normal," he said.

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<![CDATA[Rolando McClain Practicing, Feeling Better]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:11:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4571341601.jpg

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was back on the practice field on Wednesday and came away from the session saying he feels good.

McClain was forced to miss the 31-17 victory over the Jaguars in London after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in the loss to the Cardinals the week before.

“I feel rested,” McClain said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think you ever get close to 100 percent in the football season, but the rest is well-needed for everybody and I think more guys had their legs today in practice so it felt better.”

To this point, McClain might be the surprise of the season for the Cowboys. After retiring prior to the 2013 season and sitting out all year, Dallas acquired McClain from the Baltimore Ravens after Sean Lee tore his ACL in training camp. He has 44 tackles, a sack and two interceptions on the year.

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<![CDATA[Will Josh Brent Play Against Giants?]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:55:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/158440597.jpg

Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will finally be eligible to return to action on Sunday night against the Giants, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will.

"He's certainly part of the defensive line rotation that we are evaluating and we will just see how he practices," said head coach Jason Garrett, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. "He has made a lot of strides each day that he has practiced. You can really see it as a coach, tangibly. Hopefully that will continue."

Brent hasn’t played in an NFL game since December of 2012. We’d imagine that if he’s close enough to football shape by the time Sunday rolls around, the team will have to seriously consider placing him in the defensive line rotation.

"One thing about Josh is that he is very athletic," Garrett said. "He is athletic with his feet. He is athletic with his hands. He can get off of blocks. Those are the traits you are looking for. He is a competitive guy. He is a tough guy. He is in the stage of trying to get his body right and his feet underneath him."

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<![CDATA[3 Reasons the Giants Will Beat the Cowboys]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:54:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/459081514.jpg

Over the course of this season, the 3-7 New York Giants have struggled to move the ball offensively and prevent opponents from moving the ball.

The Giants have shown flashes of competitiveness at times recently, though, and this Sunday’s game in New Jersey feels like a potential trap game for the Cowboys.

1. An Emerging WR

Cowboys fans should remember Beckham from his two touchdown receptions the last time these teams played. That was only Beckham’s third NFL game (he missed the team’s first four games with a hamstring injury), and his play has improved considerably since.

Beckham’s play is reminiscent of Greg Jennings and Steve Smith (the one now on the Baltimore Ravens) in their prime. His great feet help him to be one of the savviest rookie route runners in recent memory, plus he’s lightning quick out of his breaks to create separation. Despite being only listed at 5-foot-11, he high-points the ball as well as anyone.

Since the Giants have started targeting Beckham more, their passing game has improved. They’re not great through the air, but they’re capable of having a big day if the Dallas secondary isn’t up to task.

2. A DE Reaching His Potential

Jason Pierre-Paul is the name most fans recognize, but Robert Ayers is the defensive end causing the most disruption for New York this season. Before last Sunday’s game, Ayers ranked second in Pro Football Focus’ Pass Rushing Productivity — percentage of pass rush snaps with pressure — with 34 pressures in 174 pass rushing snaps, just ahead of Houston’s J.J. Watt.

Ayers, who signed with the Giants before this season, is finally starting to produce like the player the Denver Broncos selected with the 18th overall pick in 2009. He’ll mostly line up over the right tackle, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell twists and stunts him and he effectively blitzes just about every gap on one side.

Right tackle Doug Free has struggled against speed rushes in pass protection this season, so expect the Giants to try to exploit that with Ayers Sunday. And with Pierre-Paul playing so well against the run this season, including getting the best of left tackle Tyron Smith in Week 7, this might be the toughest test of the season for the Cowboys' tackles.

3. A TE Carving A Role

Unless you’re a fan of the Giants or fantasy football fiend, you might not have heard of Giants tight end Larry Donnell, who’s quickly making a name for himself.

After being targeted only once during his first two seasons, the 26-year-old former college quarterback has become Eli Manning’s safety net. Manning has targeted Donnell 61 times this season and Donnell has yet to drop a catchable pass.

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Donnell will likely be a tough matchup for the Cowboys linebackers in coverage.

Bottom Line

The Giants' offense has played very well at times and the defense has played well enough to win a few times. The problem is that those things haven't happened simultaneously yet.

If the Cowboys aren't careful, the Giants play a complete game on both sides of the ball and deal the road favorites a tough loss.



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<![CDATA[Romo Not Thinking About Quick Turnaround]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:44:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457517418.jpg

It’s that time of year again.

The Dallas Cowboys will play two games in five days--first, they’ll face the Giants on Sunday night in New York, then next Thursday, they’ll host the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Thanksgiving Day game--but quarterback Tony Romo hasn’t altered his practice routine in anticipation of the short turnaround.

I don’t think I’m going to do anything,” Romo said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s really about this week and getting ready for the Giants. Once that game is over, I’ll set up a different plan and talk to trainers and coaches and we’ll go from there. But this week it’s not about thinking about next week at all. You’ve got to get yourself ready to play in this one game and against the Giants. This is a very important game, a big game for us.”

Romo suffered two transverse process fractures in the loss to the Redskins three weeks ago, but came back from that injury in the win over the Jaguars in London. As of now, he’s not looking beyond the Giants game, and he won’t speculate on what his preparation will be like.

“I think we’ll address that next week,” Romo said. “Right now, I have a full week plus the bye from last week to be able to get myself ready and that was big. I think after the game against New York, we’ll reassess everything, but that’s not on my mind right now.”

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Land: Studs and Duds, Week 12]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:15:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP502088910883_3.jpg

A two-time champion in a hardcore keeper league, including some know-it-all media "experts," Adam Boedeker gives his fantasy expertise on a weekly basis.

Stud of the Week

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE — You can bet your bottom dollar that Gordon is champing at the bit to get on the field this weekend after missing the first 10 games due to a suspension for violating the league's drug policy. Gordon had a fantastic season in 2013 and should immediately make a big impact against a less-than-stellar Atlanta secondary in his first game back.

Honorable mention: Tony Romo, DAL (at NYG); Odell Beckham, NYG (vs. DAL); Denard Robinson, JAC (at IND); Josh McCown, TB (at CHI).

Dud of the Week

Philip Rivers, QB, SD — Rivers has struggled in his last two games and now he's dealing with a rib injury and was knocked all around the field in Sunday's narrow win over Oakland. Antonio Gates has slid in his performance, and second-year wideout Keenan Allen has had a rough go in his second season. Rivers started the season on fire, and could eventually get it back, but it won't be this week against a solid St. Louis defense.

Honorable mention: Robert Griffin III, WAS (at SF); Matt Stafford, DET (at NE); Alfred Morris, WAS (at SF); Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (at SEA).



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Turn the Tables on Giants' Dominance]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:50:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/giants+lose+to+cowboys.jpg

Remember way back when Eli Manning just never lost in Arlington? Don’t look now, but the Cowboys are suddenly successful on the Giants’ home turf.

Dallas has won its last two trips to MetLife Stadium and Sunday will attempt to win three straight on the road against the Giants for the first time since Roger Staubach called the shots.

These days the Cowboys are the NFL’s only unbeaten road team at 4-0. They’re favored to make it 5-0, in a place where in the last two seasons unlikely heroes named Kevin Ogletree and Jeff Heath have led the victories.

In the 2012 upset of the defending champs, Ogletree amassed eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 win. And a year ago, Nov. 24, it was Heath who scooped and scored on a 50-yard fumble return to give Dallas an early lead it sealed with a Dan Bailey field goal in the final minute for a 24-21 victory.

Manning and the Giants may have won their first four trips into the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium, but the Cowboys are poised to win three in-a-row in New York/Jersey for the first time since 1977-79.

And, if you dare to remember Dez Bryant’s left pinkie landing out of bounds in the back of the end zone in 2012, the Cowboys are inches away from winning five straight against their once-feared NFC East rivals.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Perez on Track for Midseason Return]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:28:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/488385711.jpg

Martin Perez went on a streak of historic proportions early in the 2014 season when he tossed two straight shutouts and ran his scoreless inning streak into the high 20s. After the third start in that span -- a second consecutive complete-game shutout -- Perez began a massive downfall that ended just a few weeks later with him hitting the DL and requiring Tommy John surgery.

Even still, at 23 years old, he showed tons of promise as a possible frontline starter for years to come.

Now, the Texas Rangers are hoping to have him back by midseason at sometime in 2015 to hopefully solidify their rotation that has some question marks at the moment. Behind Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, the Rangers will look to trade for a No. 3 starter, and will likely sign Colby Lewis to round out the rotation as the No. 5 starter while most likely letting guys like Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch battle it out for the No. 4 spot.

When Perez returns -- and keep in mind most Tommy John folks need a full two years after surgery to return to form even if they return to the mound in a year -- it'd be a huge boost if he could slide into the No. 4 spot and regain his sea legs.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan earlier this week that he expects to see Perez making rehab starts by June and returning to the bigs in July at some point, barring any setbacks, of course.

If that goes according to plan, the Rangers could be in business down the stretch when it comes to their rotation, and either way it'll be great to see Perez and his business-like demeanor well beyond his years back on the mound.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Usually Gobble Up T-Day Two-Step ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:37:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/184372303.jpg

We all know the Cowboys have a distinct advantage playing Thanksgiving. On a short week they get to play at home and the proof is in the results: 29-16-1.

That advantage, obviously, is maximized when the Cowboys get to play at home on the Sunday before and rest while their Turkey Day opponents travel. Or is it?

Strangely enough, history indicates that the Cowboys play better on Thanksgiving after a road game rather than a home game. As in, on Thanksgiving Day after a road game they are 15-6-1, compared to only 14-10 after a home game.

While that could mean a positive result for next Thursday against the Eagles in Arlington, history doesn’t bode well for this Sunday against the Giants. In road games before Thanksgiving, the Cowboys are only 11-11, compared to 19-5 at home on the game before Turkey Day.

And whatever happens Sunday in New York, history says there’s a good chance of it repeating four days later. Of the Cowboys’ 46 two-game Thanksgiving scenarios, a whopping 33 times (72 percent) they’ve either won both (24) or lost both (9).

Bottom line: While playing at home on Thanksgiving is definitely an advantage, and their combined record in the game before/on Turkey Day is 59-32-1. But playing on the road four days prior is merely a 50/50 proposition.

COWBOYS THANKSGIVING TWO-STEP

On road before Thanksgiving: 11-11

At home before Thanksgiving: 19-5

On Thanksgiving after road game: 15-6-1

On Thanksgiving after home game: 14-10

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[JD: Profar Nearly 100 Percent]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:24:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jurickson-profar1.jpg

Last season, Jurickson Profar was supposed to be the Texas Rangers' starting second baseman from the word "go" after they traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder, which happened a year ago Thursday, coincidentally.

Instead, Profar spent the entire season on the shelf after tearing a muscle in his shoulder, going on a rehab assignment and then reaggravating the injury and missing the rest of the year. Instead of learning on the fly and being thrown into the fire for better or worse, Profar lost a hugely important season in his development process while watching 20-year-old Rougned Odor seize the starting second base job early in the year.

In a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Profar is about 95 percent healthy, but added one important caveat — he's seen him there before and then watched him have a setback and go back to Square One.

The hope is that Profar will be ready to roll at 100 percent before spring training is set to begin in February, but as we've seen before, nothing is a given when it comes to Jurickson Profar and health.



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<![CDATA[Potential Target: Tyson Ross]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:16:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/tyson+ross+all+start+game+starter.jpg

In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible free-agent and trade targets for the Texas Rangers this winter.

Target: Tyson Ross, RHP

2014 stats: 13-14, 2.81 ERA, 195 strikeouts, 72 walks, 195 2/3 innings pitched

The rumor mill continues to grow between the Rangers, San Diego Padres and trade talks, and with some good reason considering former Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller is now the GM at San Diego. With that said, Preller and his right-hand man Don Welke, who went with him from Texas, are very familiar with the Rangers' system (obviously) and know who they want.

Ross is one of three Padres pitchers the Rangers are suggested to have interest in, along with Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy, and Ross is maybe the brightest star of the bunch at 27 years old and coming off a career year in 2014. The brightest spot about Ross is that he's a first-year arbitration eligible guy, so he can be had at a cheap-ish price for the next three seasons before he becomes a free agent in 2018. Of course, that also means the Rangers would have to give up more in the way of prospects than they would for Cashner or Kennedy.



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<![CDATA[Ron Washington Gone, But Not Forgotten ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:05:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeff-banister-news-con--02.jpg

Ron Washington may be gone. But his presence over the Rangers will remain.

As new manager Jeff Banister has assembled his coaching staff for 2015, there are a couple familiar faces from the previous regime.

On Banister’s staff will be pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, assistant hitting coach Bobby Jones and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, who all served their roles in 2014 for Washington. The staff probably would’ve included the return of third-base/outfield coach Gary Pettis, but he left for a similar role with the Houston Astros during the Rangers’ search for a new manager.

Probably good that all ties to Washington aren’t erased, as the Rangers like to fancy themselves as a team’s that regrouping rather than rebuilding.

The 2015 staff:

Bench coach: Steve Buechele

Pitching coach: Mike Maddux

Hitting coach: Dave Magadan

First base coach: Hector Ortiz

Third base coach: Tony Beasley

Bullpen coach: Andy Hawkins

Field coordinator: Jayce Tingler

Asst. hitting coach: Bobby Jones

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Murray, Cowboys Feeling Fresh After Bye]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:32:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/demarco-murray-tc-2014.jpg

Coming off the bye week, the Dallas Cowboys are about as healthy as they’ve been all season.

Cornerback Tyler Patmon’s sprained MCL stands out as the only significant injury on the roster, not counting the two small fractures in Tony Romo’s back, which he will play through. Patmon and Romo were the only two Cowboys to miss practice on Wednesday, but of course, that’s standard operating procedure for Romo at this point.

To be sure the bye was a much needed break not only for Romo, but for DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leader in carries.

“It’s awesome to get your players back and get your body feeling great and fresh,” Murray said, per ESPN Dallas. “Ready to go back to work for sure.”

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<![CDATA[AL West Watch: A's Sign Butler]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:33:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/458060434_8.jpg

After making tons of deals down the stretch in 2014 only to see them all fall flat with an AL Wild Card Game loss to the eventual AL champ Royals, the A's went on Tuesday and sniped one of the Royals' stars in free agency.

The A's signed Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal to give their offense some punch back after they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to Boston at the trade deadline in exchange for rental ace Jon Lester.

Last season, Butler hit .271 with a .323 on-base percentage which were both below his career numbers. He's historically been a pretty big on-base monster without much else to his game, including power. One thing he definitely can't do is play a position in the field, as he's basically locked in as a DH.

His career year came in 2012 when he hit .313 with a .373 on-base and a big power year at 29 homers with 107 RBIs.

Ultimately, the A's are adding a "professional hitter" but one that can't do much else, and the Rangers traditionally haven't been fans of the dedicated DH guy, as they were never truly in the market for Butler.



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<![CDATA[Carter Focused on Giants, Not His Contract]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:35:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455882040.jpg

With all the talk surrounding DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, it’s easy to forget that linebacker Bruce Carter is a free agent-to-be as well.

Carter, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, has struggled to find consistency in his first three and a half NFL seasons. The team has been high on Carter’s athleticism since he was drafted out of North Carolina in the second round in 2011, but that has never really translated to the field for any prolonged period.

For now, Carter’s focus is on the New York Giants, not his future with the team beyond 2014.

“I don’t think we really talk about it, but I think it’s one of those things where it’s already understood,” Carter said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “Me, Dwayne [Harris] and DeMarco, and you can even throw Dez in there, there’s a bunch of us who are in our last year--in a contract year--but for all of us, we’ve just got to go out there and play football. We really don’t want to think about any individual things like that right now. We just want to focus on the Giants.”

In seven games this season, Carter has 35 tackles, a sack and two interceptions, including a pick-six.

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<![CDATA[Patmon's Knee "Progressing at a Good Pace"]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:36:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-patmon-big-night.jpg

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Tyler Patmon’s rehab from a sprained medial collateral ligament is coming along nicely, but Patmon says there’s still not a concrete date for his return.

Patmon suffered the injury to his left knee in the 31-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and, coming off the bye week, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said publicly that Patmon’s injury is currently the most concerning for the team.

It was thought at the time of the injury that Patmon would miss 2-4 weeks.

“Man, coming back from London I wasn’t even able to walk, so it’s progressing at a good pace,” Patmon said, per the Dallas Morning News. “In the next couple of weeks here I’ll see how it feels and hopefully I’m ready to go. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game. I have to take it as what it is.”

On Wednesday, Patmon and quarterback Tony Romo were the only Cowboys to be held out of practice.

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<![CDATA[Another Wednesday, Another Day Off for Romo]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:56:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/458297156.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are sticking to their approach where Tony Romo’s practice schedule is concerned.

Romo hasn’t practiced on a Wednesday since Week 1, and the team believes the extra day of rest has helped Romo (and his back) in preparing for games. He didn’t do much practicing during the bye week last week, also part of the team’s plan to keep their franchise quarterback fresh.

"It's just really been about the rhythm of the week for him and getting the work in this morning with the walkthrough and getting his rehab in this afternoon and not throwing three days in a row," said head coach Garrett, per ESPN Dallas. "It's worked out well for him, so he comes back tomorrow and then gets two good days in and then Saturday is off and you play Sunday.

“It's been a good thing for him. We've managed players through the years a lot of different ways in how you try to get them to Sunday and give them the best chance to be successful. This has been pretty good for us so far so we want to continue it this week."

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<![CDATA[Peterson Decision Opens Door to Dallas]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:34:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/adrian+peterson2.JPG

Adrian Peterson has dominated the news cycle for a few days now after it was ruled he'd be suspended without pay for the rest of the season and then his appeal was denied.

Numerous media reports have also indicated the Minnesota Vikings are ready to part ways with the dynamic running back and was under scrutiny for disciplining his kid with a switch and has spent the entire season on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he was suspended with pay up until Monday's ruling.

That means Peterson will likely be cut this summer, whcih opens the door for a huge Cowboys signing this coming offseason.

Jerry Jones has already expressed interest in attaining the Texas native and former Oklahoma Sooners standout, and Peterson would almost certainly be up for playing for America's Team and the Vikings don't want to deal with him anymore.

In other words, nothing will be official for a while, but don't be shocked if the Cowboys decide to let DeMarco Murray go in free agency and make a huge splash by bringing in Peterson this summer. It almost seems like it'd be Jerry's destiny.



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<![CDATA[Zack Martin Leads All Guards in Pro Bowl Voting]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:34:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456305802.jpg

Typically, offensive linemen are the unsung heroes of a football team, but apparently plenty of fans have taken notice of the impressive rookie campaign being put together by Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin.

Martin currently leads all right guards in Pro Bowl voting.

The 16th overall pick back in May, Martin isn’t interested in discussing anything beyond the team’s matchup with the rival New York Giants  on Sunday Night Football.

“Not really,” Martin said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’re focusing on New York, and if it really doesn’t have anything to do with that then we’re not worried about it.

If you’d like to vote, you can do that at NFL.com up until December 15. The 2015 Pro Bowl is set to be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on January 25.

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