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November 13, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Ed Werder

Page (Tyler, Texas)

Do you think that Arron Rodgers will have a good game against the Cowboys D-line and secondary. I know the Pack gives up alot of Sacks but I see Rodgers still puts of good numbers. Thanks.

Ed Werder
  (11:03 AM)

Hello again, everybody. Let's start with the Aaron Rodgers question. The Packers are no longer able to get four and wide receivers in the game because of pass protection issues. It's remarkable that Rodgers is on pace to set a franchise record for passing yards at the same time he challenges the league mark for most sacks allowed. Donald Driver is the third-down guy. Greg Jennings is one of the best deep threats in the league. But the Cowboys' secondary is playing exceptionally well with the exception of Ken Hamlin. I don't think the Packers will be able to protect Rodgers against DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff. They've not only allowed 14 sacks in two games to the Vikings, but even bad teams like Tampa Bay, Detroit and St Louis got to Rogers multiple times. r

Aaron D [via mobile]

Are the cowboys are serious team? Or will they fall apart the second half of the season? And if a fallout happens who is out wade or tony

Ed Werder
  (11:05 AM)

The Cowboys rank among the top three teams in the NFC at the moment. Only the Saints and Vikings have better records. They should win their next three games. Their challenge will come, as always, in December when they play the Giants, Redskins, Saints and Eagles. They could lose three of those and still make the playoffs but they won't have momentum going into the playoffs and there would have to be some doubt in their minds. If they don't win at least one playoff game, I think Wade Phillips is done. Romo is not going anywhere, nor should he.

Ed Werder
  (11:09 AM)

I'm taking the over. Jared Allen had 7.5 sacks in two games against the Vikings. DeMarcus Ware is the only player in the league with more sacks than Allen since 2006. The Vikings sacked Rodgers 16 times in two games, the Bucs _ who had 11 sacks all year _ got him six times in the second half alone. The Packers are likely to start their sixth different offensive line combination. Tony Romo's had the same five all season. That, my doubt about the Packers being able to run it and the Cowboys' pressure scheme are why I think it will be a long soak in the hot tub again for Rodgers.

Da ROC phx,az [via mobile]

Will dallas really make it 2 a 9-2 record?

Ed Werder
  (11:10 AM)

They're playing with a lot of confidence and I think they create a lot of matchup problems for the Packers Sunday. After that, they're home against two of the worst two-win teams in the league _ Washington and Oakland.

Michael (Pittsburgh)

Do you think the Cowboys have a chance to beat the Saints this year. I recall the 'boys beating the 10-0 Colts a few years ago!

Ed Werder
  (11:13 AM)

The Cowboys have a stronger defense, in my opinion, than the Saints, who are significantly improved with Gregg Williams' aggressive style. But Drew Brees is at the Peyton Manning, Tom Brady level with how he's playing and nobody has more leadership presence with his team than does Brees with the Saints. I think the atmosphere in the Superdome will make it difficult for the Cowboys to function offensively. I also believe Sean Payton takes games against the Cowboys personally and will be at his best preparing and calling plays. The Saints receivers will be too much for the Cowboys secondary with Brees' accuracy.

Robert Burton (Kentucky)

Do you think Terrell Owens regrets talking too much last year and causing a disruption in this great team? The team he could've still been apart of?

Ed Werder
  (11:15 AM)

I'm sure he's miserable in Buffalo, where he's not getting many opportunities to prove the Cowboys were wrong in believing he's a descending player. He's on a 3-5 team with no playoff shot and there's almost no media attention as a result. Based on what I know about his unwillingness to take responsibility for anything, I would guess that he feels he was wronged by Jerry Jones, as he has indicated. It's unfortunate that a player with so much ability could never figure out what it means to be part of a team.

Vin (New York)

Do you think Dallas can make a good run in the playoffs (if they make it) or will they be of recent and just lose the first playoff game?

Ed Werder
  (11:18 AM)

My position before the season was that the Cowboys have as much talent as any team in football. Maybe I underestimated Brett Favre's impact on the Vikings slightly and the Saints in general because those are two very good teams. And it appears they are dome teams that won't have to play outside in winter conditions. That's crucial. Unless the Cowboys have injuries or are a December disaster, I think they will end their 13-year streak without a playoff victory, probably in the wild-card round. But I'm not sure they can win during the postseason at New Orleans or Minnesota.

Roger (Hillsboro, Texas)

Last week was the first time in a while the Boys where able to grind out the clock to end the game and preserve a win. They did it several times two years ago. With the 3 headed RB situation we have, it's allowing Barber to start and then close the game. With all three healthy, what's your take on the RB position? Any chance we see all 3 on the field at the same time in the Razorback?

Ed Werder
  (11:20 AM)

Good observation. One of the most important developments last week in Philadelphia other than Tony Romo protecting the ball in a game where any mistake could have decided the outcome was that it appeared Marion Barber is healthy enough to be a punishing factor in the running game. He told the defensive players before taking the field for the clock-killing drive that they were done for the night, and then he was unstoppable in keeping his promise. That's a big development in terms of the chemistry of the team. I doubt you will see all three runners on the field at the same time. Part of the element of surprise _ as if there is any at this point _ is that the quarterback has to be on the field somewhere.

Vin (New York)

Who's to thank for the recent success of Dallas: Tony Romo or Miles Austin?

Ed Werder
  (11:22 AM)

Tony Romo's the most important player on the field, but there's no overestimating what the development of Miles Austin has meant to both the quarterback and the overall offense. In their four-game winning streak, he's had two game-winning touchdowns in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Lucas (Fargo, North Dakota)

How do you think the cowboys match up against the vikings and the saints? and who do you see getting the top 2 seeds in the NFC playoffs?

Ed Werder
  (11:24 AM)

The Saints and Vikings are the two best teams. Both should be undefeated. Roy Williams said the same thing this week about the Cowboys, and he's not entirely wrong. If the Saints continue to be even an average defense, they're going to be hard to beat at home. Drew Brees believes he can score 40 points on any opponent, and he's probably right. For different reasons, I think both Tony Romo and Brett Favre have to prove they can play winning football in December. Favre because of his age and what happened last year, and Romo because he's 5-8 after November.

Chris (Boston)

Ed, since Roy Williams has opened his mouth and complained do you think that Romo targets him more and do you think it will cut down on Austin's production?

Ed Werder
  (11:27 AM)

I think one of the benefits of releasing TO is that it has allowed Tony Romo to read the defense, go through his progressions and deliver the ball to the first open receiver. He doesn't have to worry about pacifying anybody. That's the way the game is supposed to be played. Get open. Prove to the quarterback that you will make the catch or at least compete for the ball, and you'll get your chances. I think Romo's ball distribution is important because everybody feels involved, nobody knows where the ball's going and as Patrick Crayton told me yesterday, that makes everybody work harder for their opportunities. Another big evolution for the post-TO Cowboys

Bill (Denver)

Why has choice gotten less touches

Ed Werder
  (11:29 AM)

His diminished role is simply a function of Marion Barber and Felix Jones being healthy again. Tashard Choice is an egoless player content to do whatever the team asks. He understands and accepts his role.

Carl (Denver)

Were you surprised to see so much Ogletree? You expecting more of that?

Ed Werder
  (11:30 AM)

I think it's a great sign that the Cowboys have finally become willing to play young players who deserve an opportunity, whether it's Miles Austin or Kevin Ogletree.

Bill (Miami)

Do you think this is a "trap game"...i think dallas is probably focused

Ed Werder
  (11:34 AM)

I doubt the Cowboys will be overconfident. But I do expect the Packers to be prepared and play exceptionally hard. What happened in Tampa Bay represents one of the most embarrassing defeats in franchise history, blowing a fourth-quarter lead and losing to a winless opponent and a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. After watching offensive film, Packers players voiced their individual concerns. One player called it a Come-to-Jesus moment. Donald Driver told them if they don't start winning immediately everybody's getting fired after the season. This is also the first game at Lambeau since the crushing loss to Favre, so the Cowboys will have a motivated opponent on their hands and should hope to do something early that turns the crowd on the Packers.

Jessica Simpson (Dallas)

Ever since Tony dumped me, he's been playing better. Was it all my fault?

Ed Werder
  (11:35 AM)

It wasn't all your fault, Jessica. I blame TO, too. Haha. That's what Jimmy Johnson used to call an Ender. Thanks to everybody. Let's talk next week