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November 17, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (1:31 PM)

Thanks for joining me as the Cowboys prepare for a midseason version of preseason the next few weeks. Fire away with questions.

robert (denver)

do u see a trap game in any of the 3 games (@deadskins, fins, @ cardinals) prior to playing the giants on sunday nite?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:33 PM)

Maybe the Cardinals, but there's no excuse for the Cowboys to lose to that team. The Redskins always seem to play the Cowboys tough at FedEx Field, but this is a really awful Washington team. It's a miracle the Redskins won three games in the first month, and they've had some major injuries since then. This ought to be a blowout.

RICK EL PASO TX [via mobile]

Why dont the Cowboy use more of Jesse Holley and get rid of Ogletree he had way to many chances to step up and he hasn't

Tim MacMahon
  (1:34 PM)

They're still not ready to give up on Ogletree's potential, and they see Jesse Holley as a special teamer who is pretty limited as a receiver. It's not like Ogletree is getting many opportunities these days. Holley does deserve credit for making a nice catch on the Cowboys' first possession vs. the Bills -- the first ball thrown his way since the big play vs. San Francisco.

Shawn (Ashe County, NC)

Tim, Hope all is well. What are your thoughts about Felix Jones and D. Murray? Do you feel that Murray is the better choice as the primary back?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:35 PM)

Yes, Murray is the better choice to be the lead horse, and it's a no-brainer. The Cowboys now have the luxury of using Felix Jones in the role they envisioned for him when they drafted him. He can be a weapon as a change-of-pace back. Murray is a legit lead horse. This is the best-case scenario for the Cowboys' backfield.

Randall (Shreveport)

Will Felix return kicks and punts this week?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:36 PM)

He'll never return punts. He can't catch them consistently enough. You might see him as a kickoff returner. Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones have said they don't plan to use Felix in that role right away, but he got some work on kick returns during today's practice.

Bryan (New Orleans)

With TNew playing the way he is this year, what are the chances he stays for 2012? Seemed like 2 months ago it was a foregone conclusion he'd be out.

Tim MacMahon
  (1:38 PM)

You're right that it seemed like a foregone conclusion a couple of months ago, but Newman is definitely making that a much more difficult decision. It could depend on a) how he finishes the season, and b) whether the a cornerback the Cowboys really like is available in the first couple of rounds.

Dave (San Diego)

I am starting to hear alot of national hype and people jumping on the Dallas bandwagon with both feet. Over the last few years when this happens, the team goes in the tank. Do you see that happening this year or is Garrett a strong enough coach to prevent that?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:39 PM)

I haven't seen any obvious signs of swollen head syndrome in the locker room. You hear a lot of players repeating Garrett-isms, which is boring as heck but an indication that his message is getting through loud and clear.

Kenyatta Adams (roselle, New Jersey)

Tim Good Afternoon. I hope all is well. Do you think that Dallas Cowboys can make a deep playoff run this year with a less then ideal pass rusher situation. I'm a little worried and concerned about our pass rush, if D.Ware isn't balling out of control! Also do the Cowboys draft a CB or OLB first in this years 2012 draft?Have a great day!

Tim MacMahon
  (1:41 PM)

The pass rush would have to be effective to give the Cowboys a chance to upset the Packers. Green Bay is the heavy, heavy favorite this season.

DC Fan (Dallas )

Should it be a concern that TChoice is now playing for one of the Cowboys rivals and knows the 'Boys offense? Could that be a disadvantage for the Cowboys?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:42 PM)

That's a question I intend to ask Jason Garrett this afternoon. I assume the Cowboys are smart enough to change any calls that could give the Redskins an advantage.

Mac (CT)

The Redskins always give the cowboys a hard time. With the added confidence the team has, do you think this game could be different?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:42 PM)

This is a really bad Redskins team. If the Cowboys play like they did last week, it shouldn't be close.

Heath (Austin)

If the Cowboys finish out strong and win the division, what are the possible teams we may face in the first round of the playoffs?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:43 PM)

Bears, Lions or Falcons would be most likely. A Detroit rematch would be interesting. So would the return of Marion Barber, Roy Williams and Co.

Chris (Chandler, AZ)

Tim..with so many potentail unrestricted free agents after this season do you see the Cowboys locking up anyone before the off-season? If so, who are the priorities?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:45 PM)

Not sure that you'll see an extension during the season. They took care of their top priorities by getting deals done with Jay Ratliff and Jason Witten before the season. But Todd Archer made an intersting point earlier this week: Does it make sense to try to sign Laurent Robinson to a Patrick Crayton-like extension (4 years, $14 million)? I think it does.

Shu (The ATL)

Play GM for a moment. Assuming that Spencer you draft the best pass rusher, offensive guard or corner first in the draft? Also, please prioritize those needs.

Tim MacMahon
  (1:46 PM)

If Spencer walks, I'd rank the needs in the order you listed them. DE, developmental QB, C, S and ILB depth are also needs. The Cowboys shouldn't get locked into one position for the first round. Pick the best player on the board who fills a need.

Travis (Va)

Many people bashed Romo at the beginning of this season. While he does make bone headed decisions from time to time, I think people under estimate Romo having a decent running game behind him and what that does for his ability. Your thoughts?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:47 PM)

DeMarco Murray is the best thing to happen to Tony Romo in a long time. Romo's job is so much easier with a legit running game. He's taken a lot less punishment since Murray got rolling, and receivers tend to get open a lot more when the defense stacks eight men in the box.

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

With Chris Jones on the practice squad now, is Mat McBriar fully healthy?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:48 PM)

McBriar isn't fully healthy, but they're optimistic that he won't have to miss any more games. Jones is insurance and can take some practice reps to allow McBriar to rest.

Mac (CT)

If the Coboys win the next 3 and get to 8-4, and there is a melt down the last month. Will this be the beginning tfo the end for Romo?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:50 PM)

That's a fair but pessimistic question. I believe Jerry will stick to his guns with Romo no matter what happens down the stretch, but I'm on record saying the Cowboys should use the rest of this season to evaluate how much of a priority to make Plan B at QB. If Romo was a primary reason for a late-season meltdown, it would behoove them to try to create a competitive QB situation sooner than later.

Andy (Vestal NY)

I predicted Cowboys vs. Steelers in the Superbowl this year before the season started (as a jets fan b/c Sanchez sucks) What is the % chance of this happening?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:51 PM)

The Steelers' chances of making it are much better than the Cowboys. Pittsburgh wouldn't have to see the Packers until Indy. I'd give the Cowboys a 9.214% chance of winning a playoff game at Lambeau.

Ben (ATL)

Now that we have 2 decent healthy running backs, do you think we will see JG opening the playbook to call some RazorBack formations?!?!

Tim MacMahon
  (1:52 PM)

Don't see any reason to go Razorback. They're doing just fine running the ball the old-fashioned way. Plus, why use a formation that eliminates Romo from the equation? At least make defenses respect the pass.

Todd (PA)

I'm all for Felix being the backup n getting "backup" carries but also see his break away speed n although he's coming off an injury I think u put Felix on kick off returns. Now with so many touchbacks ur talking him returning maybe 2 or 3 a game. So with that being said isn't a big play reward on special teams worth the risk?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:53 PM)

I'm with you, but Garrett has yet to ask my opinion on the matter. I'd like to see Felix get about 10-12 touches per game. A few of those could come on kickoff returns.

gianacopulos (Mexico)

with the discover of new stars in Murray, Bailey and Robinson and the addition of Rob Ryan the Cowboys are becoming a very solid team, do you still think they will finish 8-8 this season? and what is your perception for the next 3 years?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:55 PM)

I'm off the 8-8 train. They changed my opinion with the way they beat up the Bills. This looks like a 10- or 11-win team that will win the NFC East, and they've got a nice foundation for the future.

Victor (Honolulu)

Why are people still talking about replacing Romo with McGee? Not and should not happen. Your thoughts?

Tim MacMahon
  (1:56 PM)

Have you been vacationing in College Station? Not sure where else you would have heard that kind of talk.

Steve (Syracuse)

if Dallas can keep Newman around 1 more gotta say let Spencer walk and draft OLB in R1 next year, no? No way Dallas goes back to round 1 for an OL.

Tim MacMahon
  (1:57 PM)

There are at least seven games left this season, and the Cowboys look primed for a run. Let's not get too bogged down in draft/offseason talk until this season is done.

Steve (Philadelphia. )

Do you think Murray could be The difference in this team making some hay in the NFC? These type things have propelled teams in the past to great things.

Tim MacMahon
  (1:57 PM)

DeMarco Murray could be to this team what Miles Austin was to the 2009 team.

Tim MacMahon
  (1:58 PM)

OK, folks, gotta run. If you've got anything I didn't touch on, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon