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1210809's blog: "HANG 10"

created on 11/22/2007  |  http://fubar.com/hang-10/b158141
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Cowboys Dominate Jets on Turkey Day, and move to 10-1 Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Tony Romo helped improve the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day record to 26-14-1. Regardless of where they go from here, Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the 2007 Dallas Cowboys already have reached an impressive peak in team lore: 10-1. Romo threw two touchdown passes, including a late one to T.O., sending the Cowboys past the New York Jets 34-3 Thursday and giving Dallas its best record through 11 games in its 48-year, five-championship history. "We haven't made any of our goals yet -- we didn't make the playoffs, we didn't win the division, we didn't get home-field advantage -- but I am proud of that, our team is proud of that," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. While the milestone is nice, it's only good for a share of the NFC lead. Green Bay also is 10-1 and the Packers are headed to Texas Stadium next Thursday night. If the Indianapolis-New England game earlier this month was hyped as Super Bowl 41 1/2, this upcoming game might as well get billed as Super Bowl 41 3/4. It has all the elements: Famous franchises, marquee quarterbacks and the chance to force or avoid a late-January trip to Lambeau Field might be on the line. "It's going to be a great matchup, but I don't want to get into that," Phillips said. "I want to enjoy this one." This game certainly lacked the drama next week's game holds. The Cowboys needed only eight plays to go ahead 7-0 and were up 21-0 before the Jets (2-9) even scored, getting a field goal in the final minute of the first half. Dallas did not allow a touchdown for the first time all season and the 31-point margin was a season high. DON'T FORGET TO WATCH On NFL Network ... Packers at Cowboys Thurs., Nov. 29, 8:15 p.m. ET -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NFL Network is carrying eight games on Thursday and Saturday nights. Don't get NFL Network? Click here for more information. "I thought it was a solid, solid game," said Phillips, whose club has won five straight since their only loss, to the Patriots. "We played well throughout. That's the way we need to play at home." New York was coming off a victory over AFC power Pittsburgh, but quickly reverted to the form of a team that had lost its previous six games. Kellen Clemens was sacked on each of his first two series, then midway through the second quarter threw an interception to Terence Newman that was returned 50 yards for a touchdown. Things were so bad that coach Eric Mangini challenged the spot on a third-down play, hoping to trim a yard or two off fourth-and-3. That didn't work, either. Coaches since 1966 to start 10-1 in first year with team Year Coach Team Record 1977 Red Miller Denver Broncos 12-1 1997 Steve Mariucci San Francisco 49ers 11-1 2007 Wade Phillips Dallas Cowboys 10-1 And all that came in their good half. After intermission, the Jets didn't get a first down until there was 5:19 left in the game. That drive ended at the 1-yard line. Romo was nowhere near as crisp as last Thanksgiving, when he threw five touchdowns, but he was good enough: 21-for-28 for 195 yards. His two touchdown passes give him 29 on the season, tying a club record. Owens caught six passes for 65 yards, with a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. That stretched his TD streak to five straight and give him 13 this season, matching his NFL-leading total from last season. Jason Witten caught four passes for 54 yards and the other TD, a 25-yarder. Marion Barber ran for 103 yards and had Dallas' first touchdown, a 7-yarder. Official site links ... The Jets had a Thanksgiving to forget in Dallas. The Green & White got a rude holiday welcoming from the Cowboys and dropped a 34-3 one-sided affair at Texas Stadium. More ... The Cowboys avoided all potential traps on a snowy Thanksgiving afternoon, cruising to a 34-3 win over the Jets for their first 10-1 start in franchise history. More ... On a cold, often wet afternoon perfectly suited for running, the matchup between the running back Jones brothers never got too interesting. Dallas' Julius had 64 yards on 18 carries and another 26 yards on four receptions, while older brother Thomas of the Jets had 40 yards on 17 carries. Clemens was 12-for-27 for 142 yards. One of the incompletions for the right-handed quarterback was thrown left-handed while trying to avoid a sack. Notes: Newman's TD was the first of his five-year career on an interception return. ... Owens' streak of four straight 100-yard games ended. ... This was the third time this season Romo has been sacked three times. The Jets were coming off a seven-game performance. ... Jerricho Cotchery led the Jets with 43 yards receiving. Laveranues Coles (ankle) was inactive for the second time in three games. ... The last time the Cowboys had only one loss on Thanksgiving? The strike year of 1982, when they were 2-1. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
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