Gridiron Gab Week Eleven Preview – Cleveland at Dallas

The Cowboys are at home Sunday to take on the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off a bye week at 2-7.

Dallas played well in Philly Sunday, enough so to get a win and get back in the race in the NFC East after the Giants laid an egg in Cincinnati.

“Hey, look, it gets back to football, but you lose another game and there’s going to be more talk,” tight end Jason Witten said. “We know what’s at stake, and I thought it was big of our team to go find a way to win, and hopefully we’ll build on that.”

Tony Romo threw for two touchdowns, Felix Jones totaled 93 yards with a TD and the Cowboys scored two fourth-quarter TDs on defense and another on special teams. The victory left Dallas one behind the NFC East-leading New York Giants in the loss column.

“We know we have a shot. But we’re not looking around to see what everyone else is doing,” said cornerback Brandon Carr, who had a 47-yard interception return for a TD.

Though Dallas is trying to avoid losing three straight at home for the first time since a four-game slide in 2010, it plays three in a row and five of the final seven at Cowboys Stadium.

Romo enters Week 11 with a league-leading 13 interceptions but has none over the past two games, a span in which he’s completed 72.1 percent of his passes for 530 yards with three TDs. He was 24 of 32 for 320 yards with a touchdown during Dallas’ 28-10 win at Cleveland in 2008 when these teams last met.

Jones ran for 62 yards and a TD in that game and could make a fifth straight start Sunday in place of DeMarco Murray (foot). Jones has a combined 202 yards in the last two games and is facing a Cleveland run defense which ranks 27th, allowing 132.2 yards per contest.

Dallas hopes for another big defensive effort Sunday against a Cleveland team that has scored one touchdown over the last two games. Phil Dawson kicked five field goals in a 25-15 loss to Baltimore on Nov. 4.

The Cowboys defense will look to put the pressure on Browns QB Brandon Weeden, and should be able to do it. Cleveland hasn’t won a road game this season, and it won’t happen Sunday.

Look for Romo to have a big day vs the Browns pass defense, and the Cowboys to win their second straight.

Dallas 24 Cleveland 13



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