Friday, October 4, 2013
Cowboys hope crowd pumps up volume
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have had a difficult time establishing much of a homefield advantage at AT&T Stadium, but the first two home games this season have told a different story.
For the first time since the $1.2 billion stadium opened, the Cowboys won their first two home games of a season. They beat the New York Giants 36-31 in the season opener and the St. Louis Rams 31-7 in Week 3.
“I think the fans in the two games have been outstanding and we’re creating a very tough environment to play in,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “I think this week they can really affect this football game if they continue to do what they did in the last two games. I expect them to be at their best.”
Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos represents a much more difficult problem because of Peyton Manning. The Broncos are leading the league with 44.8 points per game, and Manning has been nearly perfect.
The Cowboys pipe in crowd noise at practice every week, and this week it is so the defense can communicate with each other while Manning is on the field.
“Our crowd has done a great job in the first couple of games affecting the game very positively for us,” coach Jason Garrett said. “When teams come up on third down and the crowd is loud and the towels are going and people are into the game, that’s hard on the other quarterback. It’s hard on the other offense, so we’ve got to keep doing that. But … sometimes that affects your defensive communication, so we have to do a great job making sure we’re on the same page and communicating the right way in that same environment.”