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January 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Ed Werder

Buzzmaster
  (4:11 PM)

Ed's interview ran a little long. He will be here shortly to answer your questions. Sorry for the delay.

Will (Springfield)

Ed, do you think Roy Williams will finally have a big game considering Miles Austin and Jason Witten will receive most of the Viking's attention?

Ed Werder
  (4:26 PM)

Will, thanks for the question and your patience. I apologize for starting late. Had to stay over for Galloway on the radio. I think Miles Austin and Jason Witten are going to be difficult matchups in the passing game for the Vikings and they will get most of the opportunities from Tony Romo. I don't see Roy Williams getting a lot of opportunities as no better than the third or fourth option on most passing plays.

Ed Werder
  (4:28 PM)

The Vikings have a formidable interior defensive line and both Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are difficult to overpower. Kevin Williams is an upfield rusher from the inside and teams definitely try to influence him that way and then run underneath him but not with much success. I think Felix Jones is probably going to have to take most of the carries because of injuries to Tashard Choice and Marion Barber. Jones' best plays are tosses that put him on the outside edge of the defense

Seth (Germany)

Ed, what scares you about the Vikings this Sunday?

Ed Werder
  (4:31 PM)

The two most imposing obstacles for the Cowboys are the unrelenting crowd noise and how difficult that makes it for the offense to function properly and for the opposing quarterback to orchestrate the offense, and the threat that Adrian Peterson poses as a power runner who can score from anywhere on the field in the running and passing games. I think it is imperative for the Cowboys to have early success. They have not trailed at all during their four-game winning streak. They proved in New Orleans they can beat anybody in any building but their formula for doing so was getting the early lead

Dwayne (Maine)

Hi Ed, you have been covering the Cowboys for a long time now, do you realy think the BOYS have a chance to win this game, or are we (fans) just been built up for a BIG fall?

Ed Werder
  (4:34 PM)

Yoy know what, Willie, I've been covering the Cowboys in this market and nationally for the past 20 years and, to me, this is the best TEAM they've had since Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin won their last Super Bowl. They have talent and they've developed young players who are making a significant difference, they have a sense of team, a lot of players contributing _ all components they lacked in recent seasons. But the Vikings are a very good offensive team and they have won every game they've played at home _ the only team in the NFC to have done so. The Cowboys are capable, but it certainly will not be easy.

colston (new york)

considering phillips shut down farve in the playoffs as d-cord in atlanta....do you expect much of the same sunday??

Ed Werder
  (4:37 PM)

Wade Phillips' defenses have recently succeeded against Brett Favre through unconventional methods. The last time Favre played the Cowboys was with Green Bay in 2007, and the NFL's most durable quarterback was knocked out with an injury four minutes into the second quarter, had already thrown two interceptions and suffered a separated shoulder on a corner blitz. The Cowboys have had an overwhelming pass rush against Drew Brees and Donovan McNabb primarily with their front four _ notably DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer _ but part of that has been that they've been ahead in the games. They also have not faced teams with the running game the Vikings can present. I expect Phillips to throw in some exotic where-did-that-guy-come-from blitzs to make Favre uncomfortable

toupe (gactown)

ed, do you have any internships open? I'm handy with a golf club and can stroke a mean quarter back. Mosley will vouch.

Ed Werder
  (4:38 PM)

Anybody who has played golf with Moseley knows what it is to suffer

servando lopez (corpus christi tx)

do u think jones will start over barber this sunday

Ed Werder
  (4:40 PM)

I think there is reason to question whether Marion Barber will play a significant role, although it's too soon to know who starts. He was going to be held out of the first practice because of his knee injury. He took himself out in the first quarter of a playoff game last week. That's not a good sign. I believe Felix Jones is going to get the majority of the carries regardless because of what he's done the past two weeks _ provided three plays of more than 30 yards, including 49- and 73-yard touchdowns.

Chance (Dallas)

Have you packed Farve's favorite suit for the trip to Minnesota

Ed Werder
  (4:42 PM)

Appreciate the reference to the inside joke with Favre, who seems to believe I always wear blue. I make a point of attempting to avoid wearing colors on game day that make it appear that I favor either team as ridiculous as that might seem. I wear blue mostly because it looks best on TV, and I need all the help I can get. No purple ties or shirts _ a recent favorite _ this weekend.

Frank (Mid Cities)

Have you heard anything else on who Brooking got into it with earlier this season?

Ed Werder
  (4:43 PM)

I heard that Keith Brooking _ one of the leaders of the team in his first season _ intervened in a disagreement between another player and a coach on the practice field by backing up and bumping into the player, signifying he thought the argument had gone on long enough.

leon gonzales (troy oh )

Do you think dallas has a chance to go to the super bowl

Ed Werder
  (4:45 PM)

Beating the Eagles two weeks in a row, becoming the first opponent to win at Minnesota and repeating their victory in New Orleans or holding Kurt Warner under 50 points is a very challenging list of requirments for the Cowboys. But I do not doubt their ability to accomplish it. They're playing the best football of anybody in the NFC.

matt (new jersey )

ed can vikings o line handle dallas dline

Ed Werder
  (4:47 PM)

I think the Vikings offensive line is much like the Eagles offensive line with one notable exception. They both have oversized tackles, but the Vikings have a small, first-year center. That could give Jay Ratliff an opporunity. I think the Vikings tackles will have problems with the speed and quickness of Ware and Spencer on that fast playing surface unless they can run the ball on Dallas.

billy gaetano (east haven connecticut)

what do you feel are the biggest advantages for the cowboys going into the minnesota game

Ed Werder
  (4:50 PM)

The Cowboys have the best front seven in the league. Their defense is playing fast and aggressive and creating sacks and turnovers _ 16 sacks and eight turnovers while beating three playoff teams quarterbacked by Drew Brees and Donovan McNabb in their four-game win streak. That has encouraged Tony Romo not to take too many risks. He trusts his defense. The Cowboys are playing complementary football

Tex (Dallas)

Jessica Simpson or Carrie Underwood?

Ed Werder
  (4:53 PM)

I've only met one of them. Tony Romo introduced me to Carrie Underwood once. I'm a country music fan, and she has great talent _ and I had my doubts about American Idol as a concept, so that's high praise. After the introduction, he and I were walking away and I said, "That was nice of you." He seemed confused and said, "What?" I said, "Introducing me to Carrie Underwood." At which point Romo grins and says, "Yeah, I guess it was."

Brandon S (Longmont, CO)

Ed who do you think should be getting most of the snaps at running back for the cowboys... if all three are considered healthy?

Ed Werder
  (4:54 PM)

Brandon, shout out to my old home town and high school and colleagues at my first newspaper of employment there. My order when the season began:1. Barber2. Jones.3. Choice.Now:1. Jones.2. Choice.3. Barber

Robert (Fort Worth)

Hi Ed, Which Cowboy's offensive player do you think is going to present the biggest matchup problem for the vikings D?

Ed Werder
  (4:56 PM)

Miles Austin against Antoine Winfield would be a great matchup ordinarily, but Winfield is obviously not the same since his late-season foot injury. I think the matchup that worries Minnesota most without inside linebacker EJ Henderson is Jason Witten on Jesper Brinkley. He's a physical young player but the Vikings have had a lot of problmems covering tight ends, and that's not a good thing when the opposing tight end leads the team in receptions and is the quarterback's favorite target.

Cap (Walnut Creek, CA)

What is your response to the occasional knock on Romo that he sometimes moves like he is stuck in a vat of dough and has the field vision of a dead corpse? He needs to get rid of the cold Otter Pops so he can grip the ball better, too! Oy vey and good luck!

Ed Werder
  (4:57 PM)

Sean Payton once said of Romo _ after he bobbled the snap in Seattle but appeared set to run for a touchdown before he was caught from behind, "Tony is quick, but he's sloooooow."

Brett (NYC The Bronx)

Could you compare the focus of this team at this time to that of Aikman, Irvin, Smith team heading to NFC for that first NFC Championship? Is this team really hungry and mentally tough enough to live up to it's potential?

Ed Werder
  (5:01 PM)

This is the last question. Nobody thought that Cowboys team was ready to win it all. That was a more experienced team in terms of postseason success and Troy, Emmitt and Michael and many other key players were there when the team was 1-15 and they learned how hard it was to win eveyr week. Success came more easily and unexpectedly for the current Cowboys. They were ready to succeed last week and I think the past month has made them a very confident team. You're right. They will have to be mentally tough for the challenge that awaits them this week with the noise and a quarterback who has seen it all in his two decades in the league. Thanks to everyone for participating and my apologies for being late.