Cowboys top Panthers for first win in new stadium
The game for a Monday nighter was not the most exciting to watch as a fan but a win is a win and for this Cowboy fan, I will take a win over an exciting game but a loss.
The Cowboys did what they had to do to win this game. The first half was certainly not really what the Cowboys want to look at to go forward in this so far short season but as a team they pulled together, played the game and came out with the win.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was no highlight reel but he controlled the ball, did not throw the ball with disregard and in turn got the Cowboys to where they needed to be and win the ball game. As my pre-game blog stated, Romo used his favourite weapon in tight-end Jason Witten to secure 7 catches and keep the Cowboy offence on the field.
Dallas ran the ball well and that was without starting running back Marion Barber who sat out the game. Felix ‘All-purpose’ Jones started for Barber and Tasard Choice helped out huge for the injured Barber who we hope is healthy enough to play this week. Jones left the game with a strained knee in the 3rd quarter and was to be re-evaluated today and we can only hope it is not serious, any updates on Jones are appreciated. Dallas remains tops in the league on the ground which is kudos to the running back coaches, the call playing, the offensive line and one other person I want to make note of. Wide receiver Roy Williams does what a lot of other wide-outs do not and that is block. Keep an eye on him if the camera pans that far in the play but Williams is always there to bang shoulders and put in a much needed block which only help pad Jones, Barber, Choice to create more yards for a Dallas ‘first-down’. How do you spell ‘TEAM?’ anyone?
The Dallas defence stepped it up last night by creating 3 sacks and 3 turnovers for their first sacks and turnovers of the season. Of course the most important turnover was the interception by Dallas cornerback Terence Newman who ran back a 27 yard INT to basically seal the victory and put the game on ice for the Cowboys. The Cowboys padded the TD by going for and successfully getting the 2 point conversion to put the Cowboys up 14 points which is what the final difference was. The ‘D’ is going to have to continue to keep up this type of play if the Cowboys at all want to be playing in the post-season.
As a note last nights game was the Cowboys 42nd Monday night football win making them the most winning team on Monday night football. Record 42-29, I know you are all going to say well they are the Dallas Cowboys and they have played the most Monday night football games so of course they have won the most. Just root for the Cowboys people, give it up…..attendance was announced at 90, 588. Dome/roof was closed.
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Written by Glenn Stants