Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys
By Todd Archer
PHILADELPHIA -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys' 17-3 win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday:
Owning the division: For the first time since 2007 the Cowboys are 3-0 in the NFC East. In a division that has come down to the final game of the season the past two years, the Cowboys are doing their best to get some separation from the Eagles, Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
“It’s meaningful because by the nature of the way the game is today you’re going to have these teams knock each other off and you’re really getting some legs up on everybody when you can win all your division games,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “To get this win on the road, we’ve got two more that we’ve got to play on the road, this is the way to start it.”
This isn’t college ball: To say Chip Kelly owned Monte Kiffin when the two were at Oregon and Southern Cal, respectively, is being kind. Oregon averaged 50 points and 600 yards in three games against Kiffin’s defense and scored 70 points last year.
Playing without DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys held the Eagles to 278 yards, forced three turnovers and came up with three sacks.
“The college deal, it’s not even close,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “It’s apples and oranges comparing college teams to pro teams. It’s the time we spend. We have different players. Defenses can be different. I see that as an apples-and-oranges comparison.”
Rookie shines again: Wide receiver Terrance Williams is making sure the Cowboys' offense does not miss a beat as Miles Austin tries to get back in step.
Williams caught six passes for 71 yards and had a touchdown in his third straight game. His 9-yard slant from Tony Romo iced the game for the Cowboys with 9:25 to play and a 17-3 lead. Austin has played the past two games, but has not recorded a catch in seven throws from Romo.
The last rookie receiver to have a touchdown catch in three straight games was Dez Bryant in 2010 against the Green Bay Packers, Giants and Detroit Lions.