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“Takeaways” From The Cowboys-Giants Season Opener

Posted By David Willow On Sep 9 2013 @ 5:15 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

Coming away with a victory in their season opener, the Dallas Cowboys clinched the game with an interception returned for a TD by Brandon Carr. Probably the biggest story of the game was the turnovers, and whether it was a sign of improved defense by the Cowboys or bad play by the Giants is somewhat subjective.

While it can be cited that the punt recovery that bounced off of Giants special teamer, Trumaine McBride, was luck of the bounce, the Cowboys were hitting hard and going after the ball. Leading to the 6 turnovers in the game, which is a big leap for a team that could only muster 16 in the 2012 season. Before, fans go twitter bombing about the Cowboys improved defense, remember that they also let New York bridge the gap in the 4th quarter to make a one possession game at 30-24. The team also allowed Eli Manning to throw for 450 yards and 4 TDs, though in all fairness New York had all but abandoned the run game. The point is that there is cause for celebration over improvements on the defensive side, but there are still more changes that need to be made before hanging our hats on it.

On the offensive side the Dallas could be in for another solid season. Despite a few miscues, one of which lead to Tony Romo’s only interception, rookie Terrance Williams showed signs of being a strong contributor to add to the offense which will come in handy when Dez Bryant faces consistent double coverage like he did against the Giants. Jason Witten, Miles Austin, and DeMarco Murray all looked solid as they shouldered the load with Dez being phased out of the game. However, the Cowboys were unable to generate many points early off of three of their six turnovers. As great as it is to see the team turn the tide of that problem, it’s disappointing to watch them be unable to do anything with it. While turnovers are great, they mean a lot less if you don’t turn them into points.

There were a few injuries of note, one being to quarterback Tony Romo, who got sandwiched between Justin Trattou and Mathias Kiwanuka. While Kyle Orton came in to finish the quarter, Romo was able to come back and finish the game. Reports are that Romo just has some bruising and will be fine for week 2. Also it was reported today that Dez Bryant has a mild foot sprain and x-rays did not show a fracture, and unless an MRI shows something more he will also be good to go for week 2.

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