5 Team Records Dallas Cowboys Players Could Seriously Threaten in 2012
All who follow the game of football know and recognize that the Dallas Cowboys have a talented group of players on their roster. Quarterback Tony Romo is statistically one of the best in the league. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin make for a very dangerous receiving combo.
In addition, running back DeMarco Murray may very well be on his way to greatness, and Jason Witten is a future Hall of Famer at tight end.
And that is just offense.
Because the NFL has turned into a passing league, more than a few records have the chance of falling this year. Defensively, that bodes well for DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Ware has recorded double-digit sacks since 2006 and had 20 in 2008 and 19 last year.
With so much talent, there is no reason to believe that a few single-season records may fall. Let's take a look at a few of them after the jump.
Oh, and as a side note, this list is pass heavy, as I do not believe that Murray will break any of Emmitt’s records and no current Dallas Cowboy will break any of Michael Irvin’s records.
Single-Season Team Record for Touchdown Passes
Romo holds the Dallas Cowboys' single-season record for most touchdowns thrown in a season. Actually, he's ranked first and second, as he threw 36 in 2007 and 31 in 2011.
The team should have Austin and Bryant healthy, along with a new weapon in rookie tight end James Hanna and maybe a pair of new hands in the slot position.
I fully expect Romo to threaten his own record or at least tie it.
Single-Season Team Record for Passing Yards
Another team record that Romo holds is the single-season passing yards record. Again—the league is a passing league, and Romo has more chances to set these types of records in today's game.
Romo is Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the list and will probably enter a number or usurp himself on the list.
The current record is 4,483 yards, and I fully believe that he'll break that in 2012.
Single-Season Team Record for Passes Attempted and Completed
Romo holds the record for both categories. In fact, here is another list where his name appears multiple times.
He was two completions from breaking his own record in 2011, and he will have every opportunity to break his own record in 2012.
Romo completed 347 passes in 2009, 346 in 2011 and 335 in 2007. I believe this one is in danger.
Single-Season Team Record for Sacks
DeMarcus Ware had 19 sacks last season and 20 in 2008. He is in the prime of his career and will threaten that record in 2012.
He'll have more defensive weapons around to give him more opportunities to chase the quarterback.
Single-Game Team Record for Touchdowns
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Dez Bryant will threaten or break this record.
Currently, there are more than a few players who have tied to hold this record. The last guy to do so was Terrell Owens back in 2007.
Bryant will return punts and continue to play receiver. If he returns one punt for a touchdown, and remains healthy, he'll need four receiving touchdowns for the record.
It is well within his reach.