New Cowboys Head Coach, Wade Phillips had plenty to smile about tonight as the Cowboys overpowered the defending Super Bowl Champions, Indianapolis Colts 23-10.
The Cowboys drew first blood when Tony Romo commanded an opening drive that led to a field goal to put the Boys’ up 3-0. Romo also had another long scoring drive end in a field goal in his second and final series of the game for him. On the night, Romo completed 10 of 11 passes for 93 yards, but he missed a couple of huge opportunities by failing to see a wide-open Jason Witten and Anthony Fasano. During the game Pam Oliver asked both Jerry Jones and Tony Romo about his contract status, but both sides were very noncommittal.
The Cowboys first string defense did a fantastic job of keeping Peyton Manning at bay. The only touchdown the Colts scored came late in the game, long after the first and second string players were off the field. The defense also scored the Cowboys’ first touchdown of the game when safety Keith Davis intercepted QB Jim Sorgi and ran it back 41 yards for a TD.
The Cowboys scored another touchdown when running back Tyson Thompson pushed his way into the endzone on a 2-yard run putting the Cowboys up 20-3 at the time.
Some of the players who really shined tonight include tight end Anthony Fasano who mad a great impact with his pass catching skills and his ability to get open. Marion Barber got off to a rough start, but turned it around in the second quarter and finished the night with 48 yards on 12 carries. Rookie QB looked impressive while racking up 88 yards on 7 of 9 completions. On defense, Pete Lougheed stole the show with 5 tackles, an assist, 2 sacks and forced fumble in limited play. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Terrell Owens caught a pass but only played one series. Brad Johnson looked pretty bad tonight and was not able to mount any significant drive in two series. He also fumbled in his last series.
All in all, there were a lot of positives in this first of four preseason games. The win will do much to boost the confidence of the team moving forward. Next up for the Cowboys will be the Denver Broncos in Texas Stadium.
It was so good to chill out and watch a football game again! I hope that most of you got a chance to watch and root for our team. GO COWBOYS!