Thursday, November 24, 2011
Welcome to Cowboys Stadium
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Normally facing a team with a 3-7 record would be viewed as quite an advantage for the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but that’s not necessarily the case this year.
The Miami Dolphins, however, enter Cowboys Stadium with a three-game winning streak by a combined 72 points.
That has helped Jason Garrett sell this game to his team perhaps as much as the struggle they endured Sunday against the Washington Redskins, a team Miami beat 20-9 on Nov. 13. The Cowboys will be looking for their first four-game winning streak since Weeks 5-9 of the 2009 season.
The last time these teams played on Thanksgiving, the Dolphins tore apart what had been a great defense in a 40-21 victory at Texas Stadium on Nov. 27, 2003.
Cowboys update (6-4): Tony Romo was unable to play in the Thanksgiving game last year because of a fractured collarbone, but the holiday has been kind to him in the past. The Cowboys are 4-0 in Romo’s Thanksgiving starts, and he has thrown 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions in wins against Tampa Bay, the New York Jets, Seattle and Oakland. He has had three 300-yard passing days, topped out with 331 yards against Seattle in 2008.
Cowboys' inactives: Jon Kitna, Miles Austin, Mike Jenkins, Tony Fiammetta, Daniel Loper, David Arkin, Clifton Geathers.
Dolphins update (3-7): Miami has won three straight games for the first time since 2008 when they closed the year with five straight wins. Those wins were largely a product of the defense. It has not allowed a touchdown in the last 12 quarters to beat Kansas City, Washington and Buffalo. The 86 points scored by the Dolphins is the third-best run of the Tony Sparano era. Quarterback Matt Moore has had three straight games with a passer rating over 100.
Dolphins’ inactives: Dan Carpenter, Steve Slaton, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Will Barker, John Jerry, Will Yeatman, Igor Olshansky.
Scouts in attendance: Arizona, Oakland
Officials: Referee – Pete Morelli, Umpire – Ruben Fowler, Head Linesman – Mark Baltz, Line Judge – John Hussey, Field Judge – Jon Lucivansky, Side Judge – Don Carlsen, Back Judge – Rob Vernatchi, Replay – Tommy Moore.