The Cowboys are looking to put the Green Bay meltdown behind them as quickly as possible. We’re still handing out stars for the effort, though, judging by the ratings, TV execs might be the biggest winners of all. John Vassell is raving about an under-the-radar special team, and a loss doesn’t do much damage to Dallas’ standing in the power ratings.
Meanwhile, roster moves are bringing new scope to town, even with Odell Beckham Jr.’s recent spin. , and bringing in center to replace Alec Lindstrom on the practice squad. Jerry Jones defends his $40 million man, Anthony Barr looks to take on his former teammates, and Ben DiNucci gets a fresh shot at a new league. All that, plus the inspiring story of a Ukrainian native who overcomes odds and overcomes personal tragedy to live her dreams with the most famous cheerleading squad on Earth. This and more in this release of news and notes.
Cowboys add Antonio Callaway to squad practice :: ProFootballTalk
The receiver, who has played for Cleveland and Miami, was brought in to work out with the Cowboys last week. The former fourth-round pick from Florida with 13 career starts will look to make an impression among a deep pool of Dallas pass savers.
Jerry Jones: Odell Beckham Jr. ‘Piles Over’ Current Cowboys Playmakers :: Cowboys Wire
Neither CeeDee Lamb’s Monster Day nor the Cowboys’ disappointing loss changed Jones’ interest in adding three-time Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. “A talent like Beckham is an add-on,” the owner said on Tuesday. Beckham’s high school coach thinks it’s tough between his coming to Dallas and his reunion with the New York Giants.
NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/15/22 :: Pro Football Rumors
The Cowboys released linebacker Mike Tafoa and placed coaching staff center Alec Lindstrom on injured reserve. They signed center Brock Hoffman to replace him.
Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott not a weak link but key to Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl hopes :: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Critics were quick to rekindle after the Cowboys’ loss at Lambeau, with one all claiming that Prescott had become the weakest link of the team. Jones replied, “I can tell that’s not true.” “If you’re building the potential to compete for the Super Bowl, I’d start on that team right there with Duck. It’s integral to our ability to have the year we want to have.”
Cowboys’ Fassel in Week 10 Unsung Special Teams Champion: ‘Like Nothing I’ve Seen Before’:: Cowboys Wire
Five tackles and a forced fumble, all in just 26 special teams. John Fusel described it as possibly a 100-point effort on his in-house scoring system. Linebacker Luke Gifford is making his mark in the third down, hoping he can do enough to earn more picks with the regular defense.
Cowboys-Packers give huge ratings for FOX :: Dov Kleiman (Twitter)
3 stars: Who went up in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys :: Cowboys Wire
It’s hard to find real highlights after such a painful breakdown, but Tony Pollard actually had an excellent day that showed he could carry the load, and DeMarcus Lawrence tried to set the offense up with a tape sack from Aaron Rodgers. But CeeDee Lamb was the Cowboys’ biggest star and would have had the game ball if… well, you know.
Power Ratings: Still Top Ten Despite Losing:: The Mothership
CBS Sports and NFL.com had the Cowboys in eighth place after defeating them in Week 10, which was a drop of just a few points. Yahoo also shocked Dallas by a pair of notches, to No. 7, saying, “Losing overtime on a desperate Green Bay team isn’t the end of the world.”
Vikings Get CBS’ Best Broadcasting Crew for Sunday National Broadcasts :: Vikings Wire
CBS is sending its first team to Minneapolis to cover the Cowboys’ showdown with the Vikings. Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson will call the game for the late afternoon. Not since the Randy Moss Thanksgiving Day contest have both clubs met in at least three games over . 500.
Vikings’ Eric Kendricks still keeps in touch with good friend Anthony Barr, now with the Cowboys :: Worthington Globe
The Cowboys’ freshman linebacker is hoping to move past the hamstring injury that kept him out of last week’s game. If he does on Sunday, he’ll be up against former Vikings and, in particular, his close friend and Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks. The two stayed in touch. Barr was among those who reached out after Kendricks recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Buffalo in Week 10. “I’m still rooting for him,” Kendricks said of Barr, who was also a teammate at UCLA. “Not this Sunday, but at the same time, I always want the best for him.”
A fiery accident nearly ended her dancing career. But now, this native Ukrainian is living her dream as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader :: WFAA
Zhenya Kolpakova grew up in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine but moved to Texas in 2005. The war in her home country prompted her, at the urging of her grandmother, to try out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders after failing a test years earlier. But a strange incident lands her in the hospital with second and third degree burns, which threatens to derail the pursuit of that dream. She made the team, and now her grandmother will be watching her at AT&T Stadium on Christmas Eve.
Ex-Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci Finds XFL Landing Spot :: SI.com
The former Cowboys draft pick was picked late by the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons as the league prepares for its February relaunch. DiNucci will play for coach Jim Haslett and offensive coordinator Jon Jones, both former NFL captains.