A win is a win I suppose; even sloppy ones like the Cowboys had this last Sunday. Amidst the bad penalties (13 for 105 yards) and miscommunications, Dallas opened their season at home with a win against Tampa Bay.
So does it feel like a loss? It might not to some, but others may see all the mistakes and how the Giants tore through the very same team last week and wonder what was missing, while the Cowboys struggled to put up one touchdown against the Bucs. What’s worse is the team made the same mistake turning the ball over early, like they did against Seattle, which put them down early in the game.
The lone touchdown came from one of the few well blocked runs for DeMarco Murray, who scored from 11 yards out, but couldn’t get the run game working throughout the game. The offensive line continued to struggle allowing some tough hits on Tony Romo. Jason Witten had a dropped pass while he was wide open that would have been a touchdown, which put Witten to 5 drops on the season already, something fans aren’t used to seeing from a usually sure handed Witten.
Dez Bryant had a heated exchange with Tony Romo on the sideline, but was described as a more of a competitive outburst than the arguments of the Terrell Owens days. Bryant had one catch at the time and made a case for getting the ball more, as most receivers would. He would later return a kick for 44 yards that allowed Dallas to put the game out of reach.
The Cowboys offense that we saw to open the season hasn’t seemed to resurface since, and though the defense kept the game in hand, it’s tough to imagine that being the case every week if their offense doesn’t get its rhythm. The Cowboys will host Chicago next week and will need a much better outing if they want to have a chance of going 2-0 at home for the year.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.