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Seahawks confirm Bruce Irvin, Marquise Blair out for year with ACL tears

The Seahawks lost two key defensive players for the season to knee injuries in Sunday night’s 35-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that linebacker Bruce Irvin and safety/nickelback Marquise Blair both suffered torn ACLs and will need surgeries that will end their seasons. “Really a big blow,” Carroll [more]

Texans sign Dwayne Harris, Devin Smith to practice squad

The Texans signed two former Cowboys receivers to their practice squad Monday, the team announced. Devin Smith and Dwayne Harris now are in Houston. The Jets made Smith a second-round choice in 2015. He played 14 games with three starts in two seasons with the Jets. Smith, 28, played four games with the Cowboys last [more]

Going for two when down nine doesn’t make sense

Not long ago, NFL coaches resisted doing the unconventional thing because doing the unconventional thing and failing resulted in the kind of criticism that can get a guy fired. At some point in the past few years, NFL coaches have embraced doing the unconventional when analytics supports the unconventional selection, either ignoring the criticism that [more]

Cowboys “keeping an eye on” DeMarcus Lawrence’s knee injury

Sunday saw a long list of players pick up injuries that will keep them out for weeks, months or the rest of the season. It remains to be seen if Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be added to that list. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas [more]

Jared Veldheer retires rather than sign with Cowboys

Jared Veldheer won’t be suiting up soon, for the Cowboys or anyone else. According to Todd Archer of, the veteran offensive tackle has decided to retire instead of accepting an offer from Dallas. Veldheer came back last year to play two games for the Packers, but has a long resume of starting experience (113 [more]

Julio Jones’ dropped touchdown pass looms large now

The play wasn’t in the Falcons’ game plan, but when the Falcons lined up in the wildcat the first time Sunday, they saw something they liked. The Cowboys had a cover-zero look. The Falcons decided then to have receiver Russell Gage attempt a pass if they got the same look later in the game. They [more]

The Falcons make the wrong kind of history

On Sunday, the Falcons found another way to blow a big lead. They did it in a way that made history. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Falcons are the first team to lose when scoring 39 or more points and allowing no turnovers. Before Sunday, teams with 39 or more points and no [more]

Deion Sanders becomes the coach at Jackson State University

Deion Sanders called his shot. And he pulled it off. Although the Hall of Famer defensive back likely had a higher-profile program in mind when vowing to become a college football coach in 2021, Sanders officially has been introduced as the new head coach at Jackson State University. His arrival happened in true Deion Sanders style, [more]

Cowboys employed the “Watermelon kick” to pull off comeback

The Cowboys pulled off a stirring comeback against the Falcons on Sunday by scoring 16 points in the final five minutes of what turned out to be a 40-39 win. Recovering an onside kick was crucial to that process and the Cowboys did that by employing what’s known as the Watermelon Kick. Quarterback Dak Prescott [more]

Dan Quinn says Falcons know the onside kick rules

Even though his players stood there stunned, as if they didn’t know what to do with the oddly spinning onside kick, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said they do, in fact, understand the rules that allowed them to recover it. That may actually make it worse. Via Stephen Hawkins of the Associated Press, Quinn said the [more]

Cowboys pull out miraculous, 40-39 win with 16 points in final five minutes

The Cowboys could have lost Sunday’s game in the first quarter with four fumbles, three of them lost. Instead, they won it in the fourth quarter. Dallas pulled out one of its most miraculous comeback victories in a team history full of them, scoring 16 points in the final 4:57 to win 40-39. Greg Zuerlein [more]

Cowboys’ mistakes help Falcons take 29-10 lead into locker room

The Cowboys are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day in their home opener. In the first half, they had three lost fumbles, another they recovered and another overturned on replay. A fake punt fell incomplete. And Falcons receivers ran free. Atlanta leads 29-10 at intermission. The Falcons scored 20 points in the [more]

Takk McKinley, Kaleb McGary leave game as Falcons lead 20-7

The Falcons scored 20 points in the first quarter, using three Cowboys fumbles and an incompletion on a fake punt for all their points. Their scoring drives have covered 22, 52, 5 and 31 yards. They lead 20-7 as the Cowboys have responded with an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown to open the second quarter. The Falcons, [more]

Falcons use two Cowboys fumbles for 14-0 lead

Cowboys fans still have nightmares of Adrian Clayborn abusing Chaz Green play after play after play in Atlanta three years ago. The Cowboys have neither starting tackle today against the Falcons, and it’s not pretty even with Clayborn no longer with the Falcons. Dak Prescott already has taken two hard hits, the second of which [more]

Tyron Smith inactive for Cowboys

The Cowboys won’t have left tackle Tyron Smith in the lineup for their home opener. Smith missed practice on Thursday and Friday because of a neck injury, but the team kept the door open for him to play by listing him as questionable to face the Falcons. Those with a memory of past Cowboys-Falcons matchups [more]

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