September 1st, 2012
Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are coming in to a season in which the hopes are high like every other season. The team will look to veteran quarterback Tony Romo to lead the Cowboys to the post season for the first time since 2009. While the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will look to head coach Jason Garrett to turn this team around if not it may be time for the team to move in another direction.
Romo is coming off a season in which he broke his ribs and punctured his lungs but still came back in to lead the Cowboys to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Romo finished the season with 4184 yards passing and 31 touchdowns while completing over 66 percent of his passes.
The team struggled early finding a running game till the break out performance in week 7 against the St. Louis Rams from rookie running back DeMarco Murray. Murray led the team to a 34-7 victory while rushing for 253 yards and a touchdown. Murray comes in 2012 as the starter while the Cowboys will look for him to carry the load.
The Cowboys will also look for the young star receiver Dez Bryant to take another step in the right direction on the field. Now that the team has placed 24 hour security with him to make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid off the field to keep him from producing on the field. Dez had 63 catches for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball Dallas is led by DeMarcus Ware. Ware coming off a 19.5 sack season. The Cowboys will need the rest of the defense to step up in 2012 if the team has a shot to win the NFC East. The team used it’s first 4 picks in the 2012 draft to pick defensive players including Morris Claiborne 6th overall in the first round.
The Cowboys will win the NFC East and look to challenge the rest of the NFC in the playoffs to earn a spot in the Super Bowl.
July 4th, 2012
Notable Incoming Rookies
Brandon Carswell – Wide Receiver – USC (6”1 201lbs.)
Juron Criner – Wide Receiver – Arizona (6”3 224lbs.)
Kyle Efaw – Tight End – Boise State (6”4 247lbs.)
Thomas Mayo – Wide Receiver – California (6”2 205lbs.)
Travionte Session – Wide Receiver – Nevada (6”2 191lbs.)
Tony Bergstrom – Offensive Guard – Utah (6”5 313lbs.)
Dan Knapp – Offensive Tackle – Arizona State (6”5 304lbs.)
Lucas Nix – Offensive Guard – Pittsburgh (6”5 317lbs.)
Jack Crawford – Defensive End – Penn State (6”5 274lbs.)
Chaz Powell – Safety – Penn State (6”1 207lbs.)
Raiders upcoming Schedule
Preseason Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys; 8:00pm EDT Monday, Aug. 13th
Preseason Week 2: @ Arizona Cardinals; 10:00pm EDT Friday, Aug. 17th
Preseason Week 3: Detroit Lions; 7:00pm EDT Saturday, Aug. 25th
Preseason Week 4: @ Seattle Seahawks; 10:00pm EDT Thursday, Aug. 30th
Season Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers; 10:15pm EDT Monday, Sept. 10th
You can view the entire Raiders Schedule here.
The Oakland Raiders play in the AFC West along with the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Raiders are not currently preseason favorites to win their division, the AFC West should be wide open all year long for their contention. It is unlikely that the Oakland Raiders will win the entire AFC conference, but a playoff berth is realistic and certainly possible for this team if they stay focused down the stretch.
There are no dire injuries currently on the Raider’s squad. All players are expected to be good to go for training camp.
Notable Players Acquired in Free Agency
Kyle Boller – Quarterback – Unrestricted Free Agent
Lito Sheppard – Cornerback – Unrestricted Free Agent