Brandon Weeden’s New Place in Team History

Brandon Weeden. Befuddled.
So it’s my blog, and if I want to give Brandon Weeden the nickname “We Done,” I will. (Or, um, already did.)
Just over 11 months ago, I also put Weeden on the list of 10 worst performances by a backup quarterback in team history.
He nearly made the list with his performance yesterday thanks largely to a bad decision that led him to throw an interception. His performance against Atlanta will not be on the list, though, because that was his only interception.
We Done nevertheless made team history yesterday. He completed 22 of 26 passes, giving him an 84.62% completion rate.
During nine games in team history, Dallas quarterbacks (with at least 10 attempts) have completed 84% of their passes. This includes Staubach, Aikman, Romo, Meredith, and White.
And Kyle Orton.
And Brandon Weeden.
The difference between Weeden and the others? Each of them threw at least one touchdown pass in the games when

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The Morning After: Shitshow in AZ

For those wanting that enjoy watching dumpster fires, here are a few tweets/links of what is being said about the 49ers performance against the Cardinals on Sunday.
#49ers notes: Cardinals say they have a bead on S.F.’s ‘simplified’ passing game | The Sacramento Bee http://t.co/cqdWmnY8Bn
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 28, 2015

Since Walsh arrived in '79, only 49ers w/ lower rating than Kap's 16.7 were Alex Smith 8.5 in 1st start in 05; Steve Young 14.3 vs Jax in 99
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 27, 2015

#49ers were in base defense on 7 of the 8 plays AZ used 11 personnel in the 1st quarter, forcing either a LB or S to line up vs. Fitzgerald.
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) September 28, 2015

Notes: NaVorro Bowman: "‘No excuses’ for #49ers ineffective defense." http://t.co/WvJrOcrrWq
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 28, 2015

The only time the #49ers crossed midfield was when Jarryd Hayne caught Drew

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Atlanta 39, Dallas 28: A Solid 29 Minutes of Football, but Then…

A puzzled Brandon Weeden.
With the Cowboys trying to win games with Brandon Weeden at quarterback and without Dez Bryant at receiver, most knew the team needed to do some things very well to knock off the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons.

Run the ball well.
Play excellent defense.
Let Weeden manage the game without having to rely on him to win it.
Win the field-position game.
Win the turnover battle.

Other factors could also apply, but these would be critical. And for 29 minutes, the Cowboys did most of these things.
Joseph Randle reminded fans of the 2014 version of DeMarco Murray. In the first five minutes of the game, he had 85 rushing yards. He scored three touchdowns in the first half and looked unstoppable.
(In the second half, Randle looked more like the 2015 version of Murray in Philadelphia.)
The defense contained Julio Jones for the entire first half, allowing Jones to catch only 3 passes for 27 yards.
Weeden

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Cowboys’ Wheels Fell Off in 39-28 Loss

Well, today the Cowboys did their best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impersonation today in an ugly loss to the Falcons. The Cowboys teased fans with a pretty solid first half that showcased their offensive line and running attack, but then the other personality showed up in the 2nd half and it was over.
The multitude of injuries have caught up to Dallas and today further highlighted why it’ll be hard to win with backups in starting roles. Brandon Weeden is not the answer for a primary backup. After the game I saw all the tweets here and there, some suggesting Weeden actually had a good game — yeah ok whatever makes you feel better. The playbook was watered down, and thus the Falcons were able to adjust and shrink the field down.
The Cowboys don’t trust Weeden with passes over 5 yards, this is why we saw so many quick escape

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49ers Shit the Bed in Arizona

49ers got beat 40 something to 7. Who knows the score might be different, there are 5 minutes left in the game. I’m sure Kaepernick either threw another interception or someone fumbled.
Anyway, the 49ers looked like utter crap today. They looked lost, they looked like they don’t know how to play, they looked like a Dennis Erickson team.
Man was this hard to watch. It sucked and sad thing is not sure it will get any better.
That’s it. That’s all I got in me after this shit performance. Embarrassing. Trash. God awful. etc.
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Live Blog: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

Live Blog, Week 3: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
How the Dallas Cowboys address major injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will give us an idea about this team’s possible fortunes in 2015.
The Cowboys have a tough test today in their first full game without Romo. Atlanta has defeated the same two teams as the Cowboys, as the Falcons beat Philadelphia 26-24 in week 1, followed by a 24-20 win over the Giants in week 2.
Here’s the live blog for today’s game.

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Cowboys Keys to Victory Against Falcons

The Cowboys (2-0) will host the Falcons (2-0) at 12pm and it’ll be the first complete game without Tony Romo or Dez Bryant starting the game. That being said, the Cowboys will have some tough sledding on the offense, and quick three and outs could take a toll on the defense if the Cowboys don’t get production from Brandon Weeden.
Make no doubt about it, this game is all about Brandon Weeden. We know what we have on defense and we know what weapons will be at Weeden’s disposal; however, it’ll be on Weeden to get the offense moving.
— Buck, Aikman, and Andrews will be calling the game on FOX.
Here are my keys to victory:
Limit penalties
The last two games have seen the offensive line tally up an unusual amount of penalties, varying from false starts, holding, and illegal formations. I’m not sounding any alarms yet, but I will say this —

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Then and Now: Cowboys vs. Falcons, 1986 vs. 2015

The Cowboys lost a shootout to the Atlanta Falcons in week 3 of the 1986 season.
The Cowboys have faced the Atlanta Falcons during week 3 of a season only once before. That game took place in 1986 at Texas Stadium.
This is the second time this year a Then and Now feature has focused on the 1986 season. The previous entry addressed the season-opener against the New York Giants.
Here is a look the matchup in 1986 (then) compared with Sunday’s game against the Falcons (now).
Then (1986): The Cowboys faced the Falcons nine times between 1966 and 1985. Dallas won eight of those games, including two playoff victories.
Now (2015): The Cowboys last played the Falcons in 2012, losing 19-13. Dallas has played Atlanta five times since 2001 and has lost three of those games. The last Dallas win came in 2009.

 
Then: Atlanta’s starting quarterback was David Archer. He played college football at Snow College

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Keeping Up with Latest Roster Moves

The injuries are piling up and you can bet Will McClay has been a very busy man trying to find the best available talent for the Cowboys. You would think the Cowboys were on the Madden cover this year with all the devastating injuries we have incurred this season.
Here are the latest injury updates:

Terrell McClain, DT, toe (IR)
Tony Romo, QB, clavicle (IR w/return)
Dez Bryant, WR, right foot (~8-10 weeks)
Orlando Scandrick, CB, knee (IR)

Those are major injuries up and down the roster in key areas.
The Cowboys just traded for QB Matt Cassel, and this is a smart move by the Cowboys. Cassel has won games in this league and he has experience with what the Cowboys like to do on offense. Cassel has some familiarity with the Cowboys offense as he got in work under Norv Turner. As a bonus Cassel may be able to help gameplan against the Cheatriots

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Blocked Punts Returned for Touchdowns

Danny McCray blocked a Donnie Jones punt in the third quarter in the Cowboys’ 20-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on September 20, 2015. Kyle Wilbur returned the ball for a touchdown.
A huge play in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday was Danny McCray’s blocked punt, which Kyle Wilbur returned for a touchdown.
I have heard a number of different estimates about the last time the Cowboys returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, but most of the estimates I heard were wrong.
According to the data on Pro-Football-Reference, the last time the Cowboys returned any type of blocked kick for a touchdown was 2007, when Pat Watkins returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
We have to look back to 1992 for the last time the Cowboys scored on a blocked punt. In week 2 of that season, Robert Williams scored after

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