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The game that wasn’t – Dallas loses opener…
Posted By Glenn Stants On Sep 12 2011 @ 11:17 am In Dallas Cowboys | 7 Comments
Not sure I could better describe last nights Dallas Cowboys / New York Jets game other than it was the game that wasn’t. Maybe wasn’t meant to be. The Dallas Cowboys did everything to win the game but lost 27-24 to the New York Jets to start the season 0-1.
What went wrong?, I can’t say I have a definitive answer but certainly the Cowboys started the game well with a first drive TD, mellowed out most of the rest of the first quarter to step it up a notch and take a 14 point lead heading to what we will call the dread full 4th quarter.
Dallas tight end Jason Witten scampers, a great pass / catch to the Jets one yard line. I knew right away this could be the turning point with Witten not getting into the endzone and wammy, Romo fumbles the ball and we’ll the Jets did not score on that subsequent drive, it proved costly in the Jets mounting the comeback.
All in all I won’t call the game a total failure, Romo looked good in his regular season debut, he was passing the ball with zip and looked good throwing the ball to Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and to be honest with you if Romo continues to throw the ball with that zip, Dallas will win their share of ballgames this season. The offensive line looked good also for being the youngest in the NFL, Tyron Smith will only get better and looked good last night at times. We’ll the Cowboy defense gave up 27 points, they played well, they swarmed the Jets Sanchez, had some sacks, knocked balls down, had an INT but a loss is a loss and it will be back to the drawing board for Rob Ryan and his defense corps. Certainly the Dallas corner backs were used as an example last night with Sanchez throwing for 300+ yards which is something the Dallas secondary needs to improve on but we did focus on that in the pre-game blog and well it was nice to see Dallas CB Mike Jenkins playing, you could see he was playing hurt. I will say I got worried about the Dallas running game at times and the Dallas offensive line will be put to the test every game in number one, protecting Romo on throwing plays but also creating gaps for the running backs to gain some yardage from the line of scrimmage.
Dallas did hold onto the time of possession but the last minute field goal from EX Cowboys Nick Folk proved to be the dagger in the Cowboy side and the ultimate loss.
I am not throwing in the towel, it was week-1 and there was a lot of positive to come from last nights game even with the loss so come back often and enjoy the week until we in Cowboy Nation visit San Francisco for week-2.
as always ‘comment, questions, concerns’ which actually segway’s me into what do you readers think of the 35 yard line kick-off. I will leave it at that for now and see what kind of responses we get on the Cowboys game last night and anything on the new kick-off rule.
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