Looking Ahead

Newman had his first interception return for a TD in the 2007 Thanksgiving win over the Jets.

WHAT: Dallas Cowboys at NY Jets *
WHEN: *Sunday, Sept. 11, 7:20 p.m. (CT)

WHERE: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. *
SERIES: *Cowboys lead series 7-2

Match-Up Worth Watching:
Despite the uncertainty on the rosters right now, a few things are clear. For the Jets, cornerback Darrelle Revis will try and lock down the Cowboys' best receiver. While Miles Austin has led Dallas in receiving each of the last two years, there's a chance the Jets might enter the game thinking Dez Bryant is the team's most dangerous weapon. Currently, New York has Antonio Cromartie on the other side, but he could be a free agent. However it shakes out, the Jets have some talent at cornerback to try and slow down the Cowboys' wide receivers of Bryant, Austin and possibly Roy Williams.

Jets' Draft Review:
The Jets landed Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson with the 30th overall pick late in the first round. In fact, the Cowboys were believed to have some interest in a pair of defensive tackles late in the first and considered trading back into the round. One of those players included Wilkerson, along with Ohio State's Cameron Heyward. The Jets also drafted a few other players the Cowboys brought in for pre-draft visits, including Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis, Louisville RB Bilal Powell and TCU's Jeremy Kerley, who worked out at Cowboys Stadium at Dallas Day.

Last Meeting:
The Cowboys and Jets were on opposite ends of the spectrum the last time they met in a lopsided Thanksgiving Day game affair at Texas Stadium in 2007. En route to an NFC-East winning 13-3 season, the Cowboys steamrolled the outmanned Jets, 34-3. It was a balanced day for the home team, led by Marion Barber's 103 rushing yards, while Jason Witten and Terrell Owens each caught a touchdown pass. Terence Newman scored on an interception return, the first of his career. Quarterbacked by Kellen Clemens, the Jets managed just nine first downs and 180 total yards of offense. The game featured brothers Julius Jones and Thomas Jones as the starting running backs.

One To Remember:
The last time the NFL had a work stoppage like this occurred in 1987, when the league used replacement players, also known as "scabs" to fill in for three games. The first game the Cowboys played with the scabs occurred in Giants Stadium against the Jets. Kevin Sweeney threw three touchdowns for the Cowboys, including two to Kelvin Edwards, who like Sweeney, stayed on the roster for the rest of that season. The Cowboys won the game, 38-24, and went 2-1 in the three weeks of replacement players.

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