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Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
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The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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AUSTIN -- The third annual NFL Celebrity Weekend charity event benefiting Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and 5th quarter Charities of Austin, Texas, was held the last two days.

Things finished up with a charity basketball game at the Austin Convention Center between some NFL players, including Roy E. Williams and Derrick Johnson, among others.

"It's tough on me [because] I have two kids myself and I'm a blessed individual that they’re not in the hospital," Williams said. "They're running around playing and running to daddy and playing basketball and things of that nature. It just humbles a person to see those kids laying in the bed and they can't do nothing and they're still smiling. It puts a lot of things in prospective."

Kasey Studdard, the Houston Texans' left guard, said pro athletes have to give back to their communities, especially when children are involved.

"I love it," he said. "It's good to give back to the kids and the children's hospital. I love doing that, seeing the kids. Kids are fighting though things at a young age, that we didn’t fight through. I just care for these kids. I feel better about myself talking to them and playing video games and saying we got your back."

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