November 2013 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap

Cowboys Wear Standard Blue Jerseys At Home For First Time In Decades

Nov 28, 2013 12:17 PM

The Dallas Cowboys typically wear throwback blue jerseys with white helmets during their annual Thanksgiving day game.

But because the NFL's new rules do not allow teams to wear an alternate helmet, the Cowboys have decided to wear their standard blue jerseys and silver helmet.

The Cowboys haven't worn that combination at home in decades.

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Cowboys-Giants Scores Higher TV Rating Than Patriots-Broncos

Nov 26, 2013 1:48 PM

The Dallas Cowboys' victory over the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon scored a higher rating than NBC's coverage of the New England Patriots' comeback win over the Denver Broncos.

Fox drew 27.9 million viewers, while NBC had 26.5 million.

The NFC East continues to score huge ratings despite having a down season.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Raiders To Start Matt McGloin Against Cowboys

Nov 25, 2013 10:23 AM

The Oakland Raiders will start Matt McGloin at quarterback on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

"Yeah, I thought Matt played well," Dennis Allen said. "And for him to lead us back when we needed a touchdown, he got us the touchdown we needed to give us the lead. We just couldn't hold it defensively."

McGloin is an undrafted rookie who completed 19 of his 32 pass attempts for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Raiders' loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Terrelle Pryor has been spectacular at times this season, but has been injured and also had a string of disappointing performances with a quarterback rating no higher than 55.7 since the beginning of October.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys

Trench Counter: Cowboys, Bucs, Jets Strong Week 12 ATS Plays

Nov 22, 2013 2:29 PM

The Trench Counter attempts to determine which teams win the battle at the line of scrimmage and isolate flukish plays. With seven weeks of data in the books, the Trench Counter can identify teams that are overrated or underrated relative to their record and the perception of oddsmakers in Vegas.

Here are three games that are vulnerable for bettors based on the Trench Counter.

Dallas Cowboys (-3.03) at New York Giants (-3.43), Giants -2.5: In a matchup of two bottom dwellers in the rankings, the 26th ranked Cowboys travel to play the 28th ranked Giants. While New York has a positive Trench Counter in four straight victories, the quarterbacks they’ve faced – Scott Tolzien, Matt Barkley, Josh Freeman and an injured Terrelle Pryor – say it all. Dallas on the other hand had a week off to think about the worst Trench Counter performance of the year, as they posted a -28.40 in New Orleans. Before that game, they were a middle of the pack team and go back to playing that way. Average is good enough for the Cowboys to cover the spread in New Jersey.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.56) at Detroit Lions (-1.07), Lions -9.5: Last week’s game against Pittsburgh epitomized Detroit’s season struggles; the Lions cannot give consistent efforts week to week. Not surprisingly over the last four games as identified by the Trench Counter, the Lions have played both up and down to the level of their competition. This week will be no different, especially with Tampa Bay coming to town. Despite being 29th in the year to date TC rankings, the Buccaneers are playing better as of late; they've been a top 10 team the past three weeks. Both trends continue this week and the Bucs cover.

New York Jets (-1.85) at Baltimore Ravens (-1.82), Ravens -4.5: The Jets are consistently inconsistent. Not only are they the only team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses in their first 10 games, but they’ve also done so in the Trench Counter. Incredibly, New York is averaging a 17.43 TC rating difference between each game played, showing the historical trend is not based on luck. To put that in perspective, it is similar to playing like the Jaguars one week and the Saints the next. However, the Jets aren’t going to cover the spread just because they lost last week. Both teams are in the bottom third of the Trench Counter, but the Ravens have not posted a positive Trench Counter since beating the Dolphins in Week 5. Baltimore continues being a below average team, and the Jets continue their bounce back streak by covering the spread.

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Jerry Jones Plans On Remaining GM Of Cowboys 15-20 More Years

Nov 22, 2013 1:52 PM

Jerry Jones plans on remaining general manager of the Dallas Cowboys for the next 15-20 years.

"The facts are that I really do think the way things have rolled out that I'm getting to do some of the best work that I've done, relatively speaking in my career of these last several years," Jones said.

Jones turned 71 in October.

"Of course, I said it, and I really meant that and just think about that a minute: Why wouldn't you?" Jones said. "One of the reasons that I to some degree have taken the risks that I have over the years and kind of had the professional life that I followed is so that I get to decide when enough is enough. So I do get to decide that. It's a certain part of working for yourself if you still are standing when the time comes. So I get to really make that decision, and I want to make it in a way that I think is in the best interest of the team, franchise and really our fans.

"A lot of people just need to hear me say I know it's in our best interest for us to operate the way we have. It's unfortunate that over these last five or six years that we haven't had a few things turn right for us at the end of the season, needing to win one of out of two games to get into the playoffs, having a healthy quarterback, all of those things. But we've been a lot closer than it seems."

Al Davis remained de facto general manager of the Oakland Raiders until he passed away in 2011 at the age of 82.

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Sean Lee Could Return Early From Hamstring Injury

Nov 19, 2013 11:44 AM

Sean Lee could return to the Dallas Cowboys' lineup sooner than the three to four weeks he's expected to miss.

Lee has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL this season as a run-stopper and cover man.

Lee suffered a hamstring injury in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Cowboys Work Out Michael Huff

Nov 12, 2013 12:30 PM

The Dallas Cowboys are working out Michael Huff on Tuesday.

The Cowboys expressed interest in signing Huff, who played collegiately at Texas, this offseason. Huff instead signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys are dealing with injuries throughout their defense, which ranks 32nd in pass defense.

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Sean Lee Out 3-4 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Nov 11, 2013 1:42 PM

Sean Lee is expected to be out three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Lee has been one of the NFL's most productive linebackers this season and critical to the Dallas Cowboys' defense.

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Sean Lee Exits Game With Hamstring Injury

Nov 10, 2013 9:46 PM

Sean Lee exited the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury.

Lee has been one of the NFL's best linebackers this season.

Lee could barely put pressure on his leg.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Dez Bryant Might Have Recurring Back Issues

Nov 8, 2013 11:43 AM

Dez Bryant was a limited participant in practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session with a back issue.

Bryant has dealt with back issues at the end of last season and missed several snaps this season with tightness and spasms.

Fox Sports Southwest reported that there are "concerns he is suffering from a bulging or herniated disc in his back and that measures being taken to treat the ailment go far beyond precautionary."

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Bears Sign Jay Ratliff
Jay Ratliff was released last month by the Cowboys.

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