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Joseph Randle statement after returning to team - The Boys Are Back blog 2014

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running Joseph Randle will be fined “significantly” for his arrest Monday evening, but is still expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media Wednesday (Watch | Listen) for the first time since Randle was arrested for shoplifting at nearby mall in Frisco.

“We addressed with him immediately. The actions that we’re going to take is to fine him significantly and move forward,” Garrett said in his press conference. “Joseph addressed it this morning with the team in the team meeting. He addressed it with me in length yesterday.”

Garrett didn’t get into specifics about his conversation with Randle, but said the backup running owned up to the situation.

“He took full responsibility for it,” Garrett said. “There’s a lot of circumstances that were surrounding the situation, but there are no excuses, no explanations for this. He made a really poor decision. He recognizes that – as poor a decision as he’s ever made in his life. Again, there’s consequences to that decision. There are public consequences and certainly consequences on this football team. He’s going to feel those and we’ll move forward.”

Garrett didn’t say whether suspending Randle was heavily discussed, he stood by the decision to fine him.

“We felt like this was the appropriate thing to do, given this situation,” Garrett said.

According to the police report, Randle was arrested Monday evening for attempting to steal underwear and cologne from the Dillard’s in Stonebriar Mall in Frisco. The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor Theft because the theft value was between $50 and $500.

Randle had one of his best games of his career Sunday against the Seahawks, rushing for a season-high 52 yards on just five carries. His 38-yard run in the first quarter helped turn the tide of an early 10-0 deficit and led to the Cowboys’ first touchdown. Randle also had a key tackle on special teams in the fourth quarter.


RELATED VIDEO – RANDLE ADDRESSES LOCAL MEDIA:

“I made a huge mistake; we’re trying to move forward” – Joseph Randle talks about his arrest on theft charges earlier in the week. (Watch | Listen)


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Joseph Randle statement after returning to team - The Boys Are Back blog 2014

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running Joseph Randle will be fined “significantly” for his arrest Monday evening, but is still expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media Wednesday (Watch | Listen) for the first time since Randle was arrested for shoplifting at nearby mall in Frisco.

“We addressed with him immediately. The actions that we’re going to take is to fine him significantly and move forward,” Garrett said in his press conference. “Joseph addressed it this morning with the team in the team meeting. He addressed it with me in length yesterday.”

Garrett didn’t get into specifics about his conversation with Randle, but said the backup running owned up to the situation.

“He took full responsibility for it,” Garrett said. “There’s a lot of circumstances that were surrounding the situation, but there are no excuses, no explanations for this. He made a really poor decision. He recognizes that – as poor a decision as he’s ever made in his life. Again, there’s consequences to that decision. There are public consequences and certainly consequences on this football team. He’s going to feel those and we’ll move forward.”

Garrett didn’t say whether suspending Randle was heavily discussed, he stood by the decision to fine him.

“We felt like this was the appropriate thing to do, given this situation,” Garrett said.

According to the police report, Randle was arrested Monday evening for attempting to steal underwear and cologne from the Dillard’s in Stonebriar Mall in Frisco. The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor Theft because the theft value was between $50 and $500.

Randle had one of his best games of his career Sunday against the Seahawks, rushing for a season-high 52 yards on just five carries. His 38-yard run in the first quarter helped turn the tide of an early 10-0 deficit and led to the Cowboys’ first touchdown. Randle also had a key tackle on special teams in the fourth quarter.


RELATED VIDEO – RANDLE ADDRESSES LOCAL MEDIA:

“I made a huge mistake; we’re trying to move forward” – Joseph Randle talks about his arrest on theft charges earlier in the week. (Watch | Listen)


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FIFTH ROUNDER FRISKED IN FRISCO - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for shoplifting - NFL disciplinary action expected - The Boys Are Back 2014

Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle was arrested last night (Monday) after Frisco police say he shoplifted a bottle of cologne and a pack of underwear from the Dillard’s at Stonebriar Mall.

Randle, 22, was booked into the Frisco City Jail on a Class B misdemeanor charge of theft. He was released early this morning after posting $350 bail, police said.

Officers were called to the Dillard’s department store at 8:17 p.m. after the store’s loss prevention employees detained Randle at the mall, Frisco police spokesman Chad LaPrelle said.

Police said Randle attempted to steal a two-pack of Polo underwear worth $39.50 and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne valued at $84.

“All right, y’all got me,” was his first thought after he was confronted, he told Frisco police, according to his arrest report. Randle said he didn’t pay because he didn’t want to take the time to do it and told police he “should have just kept walking to his car if he knew he would be arrested,” the report states.

The Dallas Cowboys have not publicly commented on the incident. Monday is the only day during the week that the team doesn’t practice.

According to the police report, the theft was captured on surveillance video. It shows Randle walking to the underwear section and dropping a packet of underwear into a Dillard’s bag from a previous purchase, police say.

A security officer — whom Randle referred to as “the old guy” — stopped Randle in the parking lot, and a store manager escorted him back to the store and recovered the items, which were valued at $123.50 before taxes.

Randle has a base salary of $495,000 for this season. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys out of Oklahoma State in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He’s behind DeMarco Murray on the depth chart and played a key role in the Cowboys’ win at Seattle on Sunday, rushing for 52 yards against the league’s top rushing defense.

Theft is listed as “conduct detrimental” under the NFL’s 2014 personal conduct policy, Randle is now subject to discipline. He could be fined and/or suspended. Also, according to the league’s personal conduct policy, anyone arrested and/or charged “generally will be required to undergo a formal clinical evaluation.”

Based on the results of the evaluation, Randle “may be encouraged or required to participate in an education program, counseling or other treatment deemed appropriate by health professionals,” the policy states.

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The Steelers offense didn’t have a great game in fact it was awful in a 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.   Ben Roethlisberger was sacked one and threw an interception, plus his receivers were dropping too many passes.   Le’Veon Bell ran the ball for 82 yards, but since the team was behind they had to rely on the passing game.   LeGarrette Blount had 27  yards rushing and they need more carries from him to keep Bell fresh.    The defense gave too many pass plays and allowed 158 yard rushing by the Browns.   Brad Wing dropped a snap on a field goal attempt and that changed the momentum of the game.    The Steelers are 3 and 3 going into next Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field with kickoff at 8:30 P.M.   These next three games at home could define the Steelers season.

The Steelers played great defense this afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 17 to 9 win.  They had one sack and two interceptions including Brice McClain’s 22 interception return for the touchdown that clinched the win.    Ben Roethlisberger had a good game throwing for 273 yards and a touchdown pass to Michael Palmer.   Le’Veon Bell ran the ball for 82 yards and the offensive line had a good game this afternoon.   However they gave up 4 sacks and the Steelers had 7 penalties for 50 yards    One of the dumb penalties was a Lance Moore catch for a 1st down, but he spiked the ball getting called for a delay of game penalty.   Roethlisberger fumbled the ball early the 4th quarter when the Steelers were deep in Jacksonville territory.    The Steelers have to clean up the penalties, and cut back on the turnovers in the red zone.    They have a big road game against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at  First Energy     Stadium with kickoff at 1:oo P.M

The Pittsburgh Steelers played well enough to win today’s game, but 12 penalties for 125 yards cost them in a 27 to 24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   Ben Roethlisberger had a tremendous game throwing for  314 yards and 2 touchdowns.  However, the offensive line gave up 5 sacks, and the running game was ineffective.   Antonio Brown has a great game 7 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.    The defense had 1 sack and 1 interception, but did not make the plays late in the game to win it.   Special Teams were mediocre due to Brad Wing’s punting and it was awful.   The penalties Steelers were called for either pre snap, face mask, or unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting.   They have to clean up the penalties, offensive line has to protect Ben, and the running game has to be a big part of the game plan.  You have to give credit to the Tampa defense for shutting down the running game.    The 2-2 Steelers have to get things right and that starts next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field with kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

James Harrison came out of retirement to return to the Steelers with injuries to Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones.   How effective with he  be this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   I see him playing in pass rushing situation and as he gets up to speed as far as conditioning goes he will play at a lot more during the season.    This move had to be done because of the injuries and with the schedule softening up with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Houston this team could go 5 and 1 before taking on the  Indianapolis Colts on October 26th. Could this move pay off for the Steelers in terms making the playoffs this Sunday  afternoon will answer that question.

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Here are my NFL Week 4 Picks.   Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, and St. Louis have byes.

NY Giants beat Washington

Chicago beat Green Bay

Indianapolis beat Tennessee

Baltimore beat Carolina

Detroit beat NY Jets

Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay

Miami beat Oakland

Houston beat Buffalo

San Diego beat Jacksonville

Philadelphia beat San Francisco

Atlanta beat Minnesota

New Orleans beat Dallas

New England beat Kansas City

 

The Steelers had a great game running the ball going for 264 total yards.  Le’Veon Bell had 147 yards and Legarrette Blount had 118 yards and a touchdown.  Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day throwing the ball going 22 for 30 for 196 yards and two touchdowns passes to Antonio Brown.  The offensive line had a great game opening the holes for the running game and allowed one sack.   The defense stopped the Carolina Panthers running game holding them to 42 yards and sacking Cam Newton 3 times.   Special Teams had a great game with Shaun Suisham made three field goals, Brad Wing had some good punts, and Sharmarko Thomas forced a fumble and was recovered by Robert Golden for a touchdown.   The only problems were too many penalties and Ike Taylor, Brian Shazier, and Jarvis Jones left the game with injuries.  Taylor suffered a broken right forearm and could be lost for the season.   The Steelers won 37 to 19 and now are 2 and 1.    They are back at Heinz Field next Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with kickoff at 1:00 P.M

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Roger Goodell had a press conference on Friday afternoon and vowed to clean up the NFL image.  He is dealing with the worst ten days in the NFL history, and was a long on promises but short on details.       Fans are wanting changes including Goodell resigning as commissioner, but it goes deeper than that.    ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that the Baltimore Ravens tried to cover up for the Ray Rice incident, and Head Coach John Harbaugh wanted to cut Rice after the charges went public in February.   Harbaugh was overruled by GM Ozzie Newsome, Owner Steve Bisciotti, and team president Dick Cass.   The Ravens are denying the report, but if the report is true the organization should be punished for covering up the incident.     Roger Goodell has admitting making mistakes with Ray Rice and should be criticized for the 2 game suspension.    However, if the Ravens covered the incident up they should be fined and draft picks taken away.

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2014-2015 GAME 2 RECAP - Dallas vs. Tennessee - Tony Romo hands ball to DeMarco Murray

FIRST TAKE VIDEO – Murray & McClain show up big | 2:45 | First impressions of the Dallas Cowboys week 2 victory at Tennessee. (Watch | Listen)


GAME RECAP – DeMarco Murray leads Dallas Cowboys to a 26-10 win

The Dallas Cowboys went old school in their impressive 26-10 victory over Tennessee, using a grinding rushing attack, solid specials teams and another good performance from the defense to come away with their first win of the season.

With an emphasis on running the rock early, Dallas saw DeMarco Murray post 167 rushing yards in the game on just 29 carries, an average of 5.76 yards per attempt. Overall, Dallas ran for 220 yards total, compared to just 148 passing.

Murray topped the century mark in the second quarter when the Cowboys ran the ball on 12 of their 21 plays, which led to 13 unanswered points. And, he led the charge on the team’s first touchdown of the game. Already up 3-0 and set up on the Titans’ 40-yard line after a Barry Church interception, he was handed the ball on four straight snaps. In response, he ripped off runs of 18, 6 and 13 yards before lunging the ball forward across the goal line from 3 yards out to put Dallas up 10-0.

The Cowboys then tacked on two more field goals before halftime as Bailey was good from 44 and 51 yards to stay perfect on the year, the second coming with only nine seconds left in the half after Dwayne Harris returned a punt 15 yards to give Dallas field position at the Tennessee 48-yard line.

Likewise, the Dallas defense was equally impressive through the first 30 minutes of the game, as the unit shut out the Titans while limiting them to just two first downs and 68 yards of total offense. They even produced their first turnover of the season with the pick by Church, who made a diving interception of an overthrown Jake Locker pass.

Things got interesting after the half, though, when Tennessee came out and promptly scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a big 61-yard touchdown from Locker to tight end Delanie Walker that narrowed the gap to a one possession game, 16-10.

But Dallas responded with another touchdown, this time doing their damage through the air, as Tony Romo guided the team on a 12-play 80-yard drive, he and Dez Bryant connecting five times during the series. The last was a dart to the right side of the end zone after Bryant created separation (some would say pushed off) to then haul in the pass for the score and an again-comfortable 23-10 lead.

Despite Murray getting most of the accolades, Bryant was equally as dangerous, as he finished with 103 yards receiving on 10 catches. And while Romo still didn’t always look sharp, he was definitely better than last week, managing to throw for 176 yards on 19-of-29 passing with one touchdown, and perhaps more importantly, not throwing any interceptions.

Whatever thoughts the Titans had about coming back were quashed on Tennessee’s next possession. Though the home team was driving, Henry Melton tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, which was then followed by linebacker Rolando McClain making an acrobatic catch that was originally ruled incomplete. But after head coach Jason Garrett threw the red flag, the play was overturned upon review and Dallas had the ball.

McClain’s effort led to Bailey’s fourth field goal, the Cowboys wrapping up their scoring for the day.

Through two games so far, McClain has proven a steal for the Cowboys as he led the team in tackles against the Titans and had a sack in addition to the pick. Behind his effort, Dallas limited its opponent to 314 total yards for the afternoon, punctuating the defensive effort by keeping Tennessee out of the end zone on fourth-and goal from the Dallas 6-yard line with just more than six minutes remaining.

With that, the Titans never saw the ball again, as Dallas pounded their way down the field, eating up the remainder of the clock to secure the victory and improve their record to 1-1 on the season. They’ll next travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams before returning home to face the Saints on Sept. 28.


RELATED: Murray carries Dallas Cowboys to dominant win

NASHVILLE – If his own mistake wasn’t motivation enough, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had some inspiring words for DeMarco Murray on Sunday.

Murray had just lost a fumble to the Titans on his fourth carry of the afternoon – his second lost fumble of the young season. As he returned to the sideline, Garrett quickly told his Pro Bowl running back what the gameplan would be going forward.

“I said ‘That was about the third carry of about 30 you’re going to get today. Hold onto the damn ball,’” Garrett said.

He did that, and more. In a surprisingly dominant 26-10 win, the Cowboys force fed the Titans with an unstoppable ground game that saw them finish with 223 total rushing yards on the day.

Murray accounted for a whopping 167 of those, as he carried the ball an unprecedented 29 times and scored a touchdown in the process of amending for that fumble.

“D-Mo’s a guy that always keeps his head forward,” said Travis Frederick. “It happened. You could tell he was upset when it happened, but he flipped a switch and it was on to the next play. You knew after that he wasn’t going to give it up again.”

Amid the crush of reporters that comes with that type of performance, however, Murray was careful not to speak too boldly. He heaped praise on the play of the offensive line and the wide receiver, and he complimented Scott Linehan’s play calling.

“We had a good day running the ball, but we definitely left some yards out there,” Murray said. “We’ve got to get better on a few things, we’ll watch film and review it. It was a good victory for us, but we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”

It says a lot that against a front that limited Jammal Charles to 19 yards just last week, Murray didn’t go backward one time. Three of his carries went for no gain, but Murray wasn’t tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

It’s not that Tennessee’s front seven isn’t talented. Led by All-Pro defensive end Jurrell Casey, the Titans sacked Tony Romo four times in a losing effort, but they simply had no answer for Murray’s physicality. His runs weren’t even of the game breaking variety, as he had just two runs of 15 yards or more. He simply battered the Titans into submission, instead.

“This is how you want to play, obviously,” Garrett said. “You have to control the line of scrimmage in order to run the ball throughout the game. Hopefully, if you’re able to do that, you can do that at the end of the game.”

The Cowboys were so effective that by the end of the 16-point win, it was Lance Dunbar winding down the clock. Murray rested on the sideline, his fumbling woes long forgotten – by everyone else, at least.

“I can’t let that happen. I’ve just got to revert what I’m used to doing and holding it with the hand I’m comfortable in,” Murray said. “I can’t let that happen, and I’ll get to work on that.”

The fumble set the Titans up near midfield, putting the Dallas defense in a bad spot to open the game. Murray’s proficiency with the football more than made up for that during the rest of the game. With the rushing attack clicking, the Cowboys limited the Titans to 19 minutes of possession, allowing their defense to flourish for the 49 snaps they were on the field.

“When you can do that, drive the football again and again and again and control the football and control the game, it gives you a great chance to win,” Garrett said.

When the Titans did manage to rally, the Cowboys picked up the slack to put things away. Tennessee cut their deficit to six points thanks largely to a 61-yard touchdown by Delanie Walker in the third quarter. With the lead in the balance,

Tony Romo led Dallas on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. His three-yard touchdown connection with Dez Bryant set the Cowboys up to do what had been working in the fourth quarter – run the ball.

The Cowboys ran 22 plays in the fourth quarter – 17 of them runs. Murray’s big day is likely to make him the NFL’s leading rusher through two weeks. Downplaying again, he reiterated his focus on the stat he cares most about.

“Like I said before, I’m not worried about those stats, I’m just worried about wins and losses,” he said.


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Jason Garrett Postgame Press Conference | (Watch Video)

Tony Romo Postgame Press Conference | (Watch | Listen)

Jerry Jones Postgame Comments | (Watch | Listen)

DeMarco Murray Highlights vs. Titans | (Watch Video)

FOX HIGHLIGHTS: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans | (Watch Video)

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2014-2015 GAME 2 RECAP - Dallas vs. Tennessee - Tony Romo hands ball to DeMarco Murray

FIRST TAKE VIDEO – Murray & McClain show up big | 2:45 | First impressions of the Dallas Cowboys week 2 victory at Tennessee. (Watch | Listen)


GAME RECAP – DeMarco Murray leads Dallas Cowboys to a 26-10 win

The Dallas Cowboys went old school in their impressive 26-10 victory over Tennessee, using a grinding rushing attack, solid specials teams and another good performance from the defense to come away with their first win of the season.

With an emphasis on running the rock early, Dallas saw DeMarco Murray post 167 rushing yards in the game on just 29 carries, an average of 5.76 yards per attempt. Overall, Dallas ran for 220 yards total, compared to just 148 passing.

Murray topped the century mark in the second quarter when the Cowboys ran the ball on 12 of their 21 plays, which led to 13 unanswered points. And, he led the charge on the team’s first touchdown of the game. Already up 3-0 and set up on the Titans’ 40-yard line after a Barry Church interception, he was handed the ball on four straight snaps. In response, he ripped off runs of 18, 6 and 13 yards before lunging the ball forward across the goal line from 3 yards out to put Dallas up 10-0.

The Cowboys then tacked on two more field goals before halftime as Bailey was good from 44 and 51 yards to stay perfect on the year, the second coming with only nine seconds left in the half after Dwayne Harris returned a punt 15 yards to give Dallas field position at the Tennessee 48-yard line.

Likewise, the Dallas defense was equally impressive through the first 30 minutes of the game, as the unit shut out the Titans while limiting them to just two first downs and 68 yards of total offense. They even produced their first turnover of the season with the pick by Church, who made a diving interception of an overthrown Jake Locker pass.

Things got interesting after the half, though, when Tennessee came out and promptly scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a big 61-yard touchdown from Locker to tight end Delanie Walker that narrowed the gap to a one possession game, 16-10.

But Dallas responded with another touchdown, this time doing their damage through the air, as Tony Romo guided the team on a 12-play 80-yard drive, he and Dez Bryant connecting five times during the series. The last was a dart to the right side of the end zone after Bryant created separation (some would say pushed off) to then haul in the pass for the score and an again-comfortable 23-10 lead.

Despite Murray getting most of the accolades, Bryant was equally as dangerous, as he finished with 103 yards receiving on 10 catches. And while Romo still didn’t always look sharp, he was definitely better than last week, managing to throw for 176 yards on 19-of-29 passing with one touchdown, and perhaps more importantly, not throwing any interceptions.

Whatever thoughts the Titans had about coming back were quashed on Tennessee’s next possession. Though the home team was driving, Henry Melton tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, which was then followed by linebacker Rolando McClain making an acrobatic catch that was originally ruled incomplete. But after head coach Jason Garrett threw the red flag, the play was overturned upon review and Dallas had the ball.

McClain’s effort led to Bailey’s fourth field goal, the Cowboys wrapping up their scoring for the day.

Through two games so far, McClain has proven a steal for the Cowboys as he led the team in tackles against the Titans and had a sack in addition to the pick. Behind his effort, Dallas limited its opponent to 314 total yards for the afternoon, punctuating the defensive effort by keeping Tennessee out of the end zone on fourth-and goal from the Dallas 6-yard line with just more than six minutes remaining.

With that, the Titans never saw the ball again, as Dallas pounded their way down the field, eating up the remainder of the clock to secure the victory and improve their record to 1-1 on the season. They’ll next travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams before returning home to face the Saints on Sept. 28.


RELATED: Murray carries Dallas Cowboys to dominant win

NASHVILLE – If his own mistake wasn’t motivation enough, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had some inspiring words for DeMarco Murray on Sunday.

Murray had just lost a fumble to the Titans on his fourth carry of the afternoon – his second lost fumble of the young season. As he returned to the sideline, Garrett quickly told his Pro Bowl running back what the gameplan would be going forward.

“I said ‘That was about the third carry of about 30 you’re going to get today. Hold onto the damn ball,’” Garrett said.

He did that, and more. In a surprisingly dominant 26-10 win, the Cowboys force fed the Titans with an unstoppable ground game that saw them finish with 223 total rushing yards on the day.

Murray accounted for a whopping 167 of those, as he carried the ball an unprecedented 29 times and scored a touchdown in the process of amending for that fumble.

“D-Mo’s a guy that always keeps his head forward,” said Travis Frederick. “It happened. You could tell he was upset when it happened, but he flipped a switch and it was on to the next play. You knew after that he wasn’t going to give it up again.”

Amid the crush of reporters that comes with that type of performance, however, Murray was careful not to speak too boldly. He heaped praise on the play of the offensive line and the wide receiver, and he complimented Scott Linehan’s play calling.

“We had a good day running the ball, but we definitely left some yards out there,” Murray said. “We’ve got to get better on a few things, we’ll watch film and review it. It was a good victory for us, but we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”

It says a lot that against a front that limited Jammal Charles to 19 yards just last week, Murray didn’t go backward one time. Three of his carries went for no gain, but Murray wasn’t tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

It’s not that Tennessee’s front seven isn’t talented. Led by All-Pro defensive end Jurrell Casey, the Titans sacked Tony Romo four times in a losing effort, but they simply had no answer for Murray’s physicality. His runs weren’t even of the game breaking variety, as he had just two runs of 15 yards or more. He simply battered the Titans into submission, instead.

“This is how you want to play, obviously,” Garrett said. “You have to control the line of scrimmage in order to run the ball throughout the game. Hopefully, if you’re able to do that, you can do that at the end of the game.”

The Cowboys were so effective that by the end of the 16-point win, it was Lance Dunbar winding down the clock. Murray rested on the sideline, his fumbling woes long forgotten – by everyone else, at least.

“I can’t let that happen. I’ve just got to revert what I’m used to doing and holding it with the hand I’m comfortable in,” Murray said. “I can’t let that happen, and I’ll get to work on that.”

The fumble set the Titans up near midfield, putting the Dallas defense in a bad spot to open the game. Murray’s proficiency with the football more than made up for that during the rest of the game. With the rushing attack clicking, the Cowboys limited the Titans to 19 minutes of possession, allowing their defense to flourish for the 49 snaps they were on the field.

“When you can do that, drive the football again and again and again and control the football and control the game, it gives you a great chance to win,” Garrett said.

When the Titans did manage to rally, the Cowboys picked up the slack to put things away. Tennessee cut their deficit to six points thanks largely to a 61-yard touchdown by Delanie Walker in the third quarter. With the lead in the balance,

Tony Romo led Dallas on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. His three-yard touchdown connection with Dez Bryant set the Cowboys up to do what had been working in the fourth quarter – run the ball.

The Cowboys ran 22 plays in the fourth quarter – 17 of them runs. Murray’s big day is likely to make him the NFL’s leading rusher through two weeks. Downplaying again, he reiterated his focus on the stat he cares most about.

“Like I said before, I’m not worried about those stats, I’m just worried about wins and losses,” he said.


RELATED POSTGAME VIDEOS …

Jason Garrett Postgame Press Conference | (Watch Video)

Tony Romo Postgame Press Conference | (Watch | Listen)

Jerry Jones Postgame Comments | (Watch | Listen)

DeMarco Murray Highlights vs. Titans | (Watch Video)

FOX HIGHLIGHTS: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans | (Watch Video)

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On Sunday night, I had the chance to watch Cris Carter’s passionate speech about the Minnesota Vikings siting down Adrian Peterson.   Peterson will be playing next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.    Peterson who was inducted for negligent injury to a child and the trial will be set for October.  Last Monday, Mike Hill of Fox Sports 1 challenged to do more and devote a month to domestic violence and do more for this problem.   Before Thursday night Steelers vs. Ravens game,  CBS James Brown made a plead to men about devaluing women, and prevent violence against them.  During Sunday’s ESPN Sportscenter,  Hannah Storm made some powerful comments on how she had to explain to her daughter about the Ray Rice video, and what does zero tolerance mean to the NFL, plus what does the league stand for with everything that is going on.  Sports Illustrated.com and CBS Sports Radio host Maggie Gray talked about where she wants to cover the league with all of these issues going on.  In my case I have one question to ask why has the NFL not addressed this issues, and have a policy to deal with domestic violence, DUI, child abuse and other important issues.   Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction has tarnished his legacy and a lot of people has called for his resignation.   The question I am asking now is how does one love the NFL, but hate all of the off field issues that is plaguing the league.   Rice, Peterson, Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers legal issues are hurting the fanbase of the NFL especially the females.   Women make up 45% of the NFL fanbase, but will they give up watching the game if the league doesn’t address the issues of domestic and child abuse.    The NFL owes to their female fans that domestic and child abuse is not going to be tolerated.

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Here are my Week 3 NFL Picks

Atlanta beat Tampa Bay

San Diego beat Buffalo

ST. Louis beat Dallas

Philadelphia beat Washington

NY Giants beat Houston

New Orleans beat Minnesota

Baltimore  beat Cleveland

Green Bay beat Detroit

Indianapolis beat Jacksonville

New England beat Oakland

San Francisco beat Arizona

Seattle beat Denver

Kansas City beat Miami

Pittsburgh beat Carolina

Chicago beat NY Jets

The Steelers played a lackluster game in a 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.   The defense was ineffective against the run giving up 157 total yards and not getting any sacks or turnovers.  Those two things were lacking in the defense last season in 0-4 start, and too many penalties, but a couple on the Ravens touchdown drive in the 3rd quarter were questionable.   The offense did not score a touchdown and had 3 turnovers.  The Steelers didn’t play a clean game and they have address some problems.   Such as cut back on turnovers and penalties on offense, and force turnovers on defense.   They are 1-1 and have a 10 day break before taking on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Bank of America with kickoff  at 8:30 P.M.

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There is a lot of blame to go around with the Ray Rice situation.   Rice’s behavior is the main factor, but not the only one that people are talking about.  Roger Goodell is taking a lot of heat for it, and during an interview with CBS Noriah O’Donnell he didn’t see the video before it was shown on TMZ Sports. He said that the NFL could not get hold of the video, and lot of people don’t really believe that.   Blame should also been given to the New Jersey State Police,  Atlantic City Police, and the District Attorney for not pursuing the case.   The Ravens organization should have punished Rice in the first place, and Owner Steve Bisciotti wrote a letter of apology to shareholders for not taking action ahead of time.   There is a lot of blame to go around and they have been calls for Goodell to resign or fired by the owners.    Everyone should be blame for not punishing Rice in February for what he did.

Early this morning, TMZ Sports released a video showing Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé, in an Atlantic City casino this past February.  Within a few hours  his contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens.    He was indefinitely suspended by the NFL, and there have been a lot of discussion did NFL see the video beforehand.   Some people think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, and a possible cover up into the matter.   I have not seen or ever want to see the video, but Rice’s behavior is so appalling that the Ravens had to do this.    Will Ray Rice get a second chance in the NFL, and some current and former players went on social media to say he should be banned for life.    Personally,  I don’t see him getting any second chances anytime soon.   His NFL career could be finished and has no one to blame but himself.

These days Rashard Mendenhall is a writer who putting together a pilot for a new series for HBO.   I remember him running the ball for the Steelers for 4 of his 5 NFL seasons.    I remember he did something real stupid, and was not resigned with the Steelers.   During the 2012 season, he was benched for a game against the San Diego Chargers, and he did not show up to Heinz Field.  He was suspended for the following week against the Dallas Cowboys.   I had a problem with what he did, and he let down his teammates.   If I was benched I would have helped the team anyway I could.   There was always questions about his dedication to football back to his days back at the University of Illinois.    Dedication is something you can’t measure with a stopwatch either you have it or not.

Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

Steelers defeat Ravens

Dolphins defeat Bills

Redskins defeat Jaguars

Cowboys defeat Titans

Cardinals defeat NY Giants

Patriots defeat Vikings

Saints defeat Browns

Falcons defeat Bengals

Panthers defeat Lions

Buccaneers defeat Rams

Seahawks defeat Chargers

Raiders defeat Texans

Packers defeat NY Jets

Broncos defeat Chiefs

49ers defeat Bears

Colts defeat Eagles

It was a tale of 2 halves for the Steelers against the Cleveland Browns this afternoon.    They dominated the Browns in the first half, but let them back in the game.  Shaun Suisham made a 41 yard game winning field goal to give the Steelers a 30 to 27 win over the Browns.   Ben Roethlisberger had an outstanding game throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked 4 times during the second half.    Le’Veon Bell rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, plus Antonio Brown had 5 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.   Markus Wheaton had a great game as well with 6 catches for 97 yards.    LeGarrette Blount scored a  touchdown and proved he is a good short yardage/goal line running back.   The defense had a great first half with 3 sacks, but didn’t finish the job.  They gave up 100 yards to Terrance West, and Brian Hoyer had a great 2nd half.   Special Teams had a great game with Suisham making 3 field goals including the game winner, Brad Wing had a good day punting, and loved the fake punt pass from Robert Golden to Antwon Blake.   However the Steelers have to finish teams off and that is something they have to learn from this win.    They have four days to get ready for the Baltimore Ravens this Thursday night at M&T Stadium with the kickoff at 8:30 P.M.

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