The Dallas Cowboys let their Sunday tilt get away from them against their NFC East rivals, the NY Giants.
The Dallas Cowboys had it all Sunday night, opening of their new stadium, flash-bulbs going off everywhere, the New York ‘football’ Giants in town to open the new stadium. Problem was the Giants spoiled the Cinderella story by beating the Cowboys 33-31.
Four Dallas turnovers turned into 24 Giants points was the difference on Sunday night. Dallas has been known to have trouble against the Giants running game but the Dallas defence stopped the running game only to have Giants quarterback Eli Manning throw the ball extremely well. You stop the run but then the secondary gives up big passing plays. Four turnovers shows killed the Cowboys who are better known to win the plus/minus in takeaways. It certainly wasn't the way the Cowboys wanted to open their new stadium.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (13-29, 127yds, 1TD, 3INT) was not on his game, the Cowboys stayed in the game that had 8 lead changes and the Cowboys only lost the game late in the 4th quarter. We can't complain as turnovers are part of the game, otherwise the Boys aren't 1-1 but rather 2-0.
The Cowboys running game was lead by Marion Barber III who had a great game with 124 rushing yards. Dallas running back, all purpose man Felix Jones had a great game rushing for 96 yards but it was his turnover that will be remembered more than is solid play.
New Cowboy stadium announced an attendance of 105,121 which is an NFL regular season record. The game also had huge TV ratings. Neither team had a sack which is odd considering how strong both teams are defensively. There were alot of Cowboy alumni in attendance, including ex Cowboy QB Troy Aikman who called an earlier game and somehow got to Dallas for the home opener. Oh, hey no punts hit the video board!
All in all the Cowboys did what they had to do to win the game but still ended up losing it. The coaching staff must focus on secondary coverage this week at practise and let’s hope the D-line can hold the run game in check. The Cowboys should beat the Carolina Panthers in Dallas on the Monday nighter, September 28th.
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Written by Glenn Stants