Cowboys ‘D’ Shines in 37-20 Win
The Dallas Cowboys improved to 2-0 on the season for the 1st time since 1999 as the Cowboys pounded the Miami Dolphins 37-20 Sunday at Dolphins Stadium.
With the score tied at 3 in the 2nd quarter, Tony Romo led his team on an impressive 12-play drive that ended in a Marion Barber 1-yard TD to give the Cowboys a 10-3 lead. Miami kicked a late FG to make it a 10-6 Cowboys lead at halftime.
Coming out of the gates in the 3rd quarter, the Dallas Defense struggled, giving up a 10 play drive that resulted in an 18-yard TD pass from Trent Green to Marty Booker to make it 13-10 Dolphins.
After the Cowboys stopped the Dolphins on their next possession and forced a punt, Patrick Crayton returned the 2nd punt 49 yards to the Miami 30, a 55 yard difference in field position. Tony Romo took advantage, taking only 3 plays, he found Tony Curtis from 2 yards out for the touchdown to put Dallas ahead 17-13. From there on out, the Cowboys defense was absolutely stifling, despite missing Terence Newman and Greg Ellis in the game.
After Ken Hamlin returned an INT to the Miami 15, the Cowboys converted it into a 28 yard field goal for a 20-13 Cowboys lead.
On the Dolphins’ next possession, center Samson Satele fumbled the snap and it was recovered by Jay Ratliff just across mid-field. However, a long drive ended only in a field goal due to penalties and the Cowboys took a 23-13 lead.
After yet another thrown INT, this time picked by Anthony Henry who returned it to the Miami 39, Tont Romo and Terrell Owens connected on a 34-yard strike to put the Cowboys up 30-13. Miami would score another TD, but Anthony Henry recovered the onside kick and on the ensuing play from scrimmage, Marion Barber III ran 40 yards for the touchdown that put the final nail in the coffin of the Cowboys’ 37-20 win. The game ended fittingly on a sack by Chris Canty.
Tony Romo wasn’t nearly as lethal as last Sunday, but he still put up solid numbers completing 14 of 29 passes for 186 yards and 2 TD.
Rushing the ball, Julius Jones carried the ball 15 times for only 32 yards. Marion Barber III more than made up for it though, rushing the ball 14 times for 89 yards with 2 TD.
Terrell Owens caught 5 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Jason Witten caught 2 balls for 27 yards. Tony Curtis’s only reception of the game was a 2-yard TD pass for his 1st in the NFL.
Nick Folk was 3/3 on FG’s, including a 47 yarder in the infield dirt.
The defense was terrific for the most part, forcing 5 turnovers. Anthony Henry had 2 INT’s, with Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams picking off 1 pass each. Jay Ratliff also recovered a fumbled snap. The Cowboys committed 0 turnovers, which may have well been the difference in the game.
Another great thing about this game is that we had no injuries.
Next week the 2-0 Cowboys travel to Chicago for another Sunday Night Football game, this time against the Bears.
Great start to the season. The defense looked better and the offense hasn’t slowed down. Next week we go bear hunting.
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!