The final Thanksgiving day game at Texas Stadium came and went without much in the way of drama or controversy. That’s what happens whena team as talented as the Cowboys, who appear to finally be hitting their stride, takes on a sad-sack outfit like the Seattle Seahawks.
I was confused as to why Cowboy fans felt the need to boo Julius Jones. Yeah, he may have had some words as he walked out the door, but did he really say or do anything while he was here to justify booing the man? I don’t think so.
As for the long-awaited matchup between Marion and Julius, well, there wasn’t much of a matchup. Sure Marion had a tocuhdown, but ouside of that, he wasn’t doing a whole lot, amassing 10 carries for 32 yards and 1 catch for 13 yards, with 1 touchdown rushing. Barber left the game early with a toe injury and is day-to-day as the Cowboys prepare for Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Julius had another day to forget. On the Seahawks opening drive of the game, Jones put the ball on the ground and the Cowboys recovered, allowing Dallas to blow the game open. He wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the way, as he had 11 carries for 37 yards and 2 fumbles (1 lost). Once the Cowboys built a pretty good sized lead, there wasn’t much need for the Seahawks to run the ball.
This week, a HUGE game for the Cowboys as they head up to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers and Mother Nature, while the Seahawks continue to play out the string against what is sure to be an ornery bunch of Patriots in Seattle.
Stats through Week 13
Marion Barber rushing: 225 carries, 870 yards, 7 TDs
Julius Jones rushing: 152 carries, 674 yards, 2 TDs
Marion Barber receiving: 47 catches, 366 yards, 2 TD
Julius Jones receiving: 14 catches, 66 yards, 0 TDs
Marion Barber: 6 (2 lost)
Julius Jones: 4 (2 lost)