Last night, the Dallas Cowboys came from behind to beat the Minnesota Vikings 35-31 in their final game of the pre season. It was a poorly executed game on both sides of the ball, but keep in mind that none of our starters (or theirs) took the field.
The Cowboys had three turnovers, allowed two sacks, were called for holding twice, had 12 men on the field on defense, blew a coverage that allowed a touchdown, and gave up an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. Brutal…
Of course, last night was not so much about securing the victory, but giving the coaching staff one final opportunity to get an in-game glimpse of all the reserve players that are still fighting for a spot on the team. The Cowboys must now decide who will stay and who will go later today when they announce their final cuts.
There were some standout performances that may have secured a roster spot for some, and of course there were a few dismal performances as well. Let’s take a look at some of those who shined first.
Pat Watkins had a breakout game and stole the show for the Cowboys last night. The fourth-year safety made a clutch tackle on a fourth-and-one with 1:59 left in the first half that prevented a Vikings touchdown. Then he blocked a field goal with nine seconds left on the clock, to end the first half and prevent another Vikings scoring opportunity. Finally, he opened the third quarter with a a dazzling 23-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was a big day for the Cowboys’ backup safety. Take a bow Pat.
Some other stand-out performances belonged to Steve Octavien, who returned a 44-yard interception for a Cowboys touchdown, and Jesse Holley, who scored the game winning touchdown on a wild 82-yard punt return. Still, Holley may be in danger of getting cut today. Octavien should easily make the cut and will be the backup outside linebacker for Ware and Spencer.
Kevin Ogletree guaranteed himself the number five wide receiver job with yet another touchdown, but he came out of the game with an eye contusion. The injury is not considered to be serious.
Jon Kitna, who probably is in no danger of being cut, had another brutal showing that included two turnovers that led to Vikings touchdowns.
By the way, you could go ahead and pencil Duke Preston in at backup center, and say goodbye to Cory Proctor. There’s no way Proctor makes the cut.
The question as to who will be the right cornerback between Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick, has been answered. According to Wade Phillips, they have been named co-starters, whatever that means. Reportedly, neither player was thrilled when they learned that neither won the job outright. I’ve heard of quarterback controversies, but a right cornerback controversy sounds ridiculous to me. Phillips can be so wishy-washy and indecisive and it drives me nuts. Make the call dude!
The Cowboys finished the pre season with a 2-2 record and get bragging rights in the NFC East as the rest of the teams in the division finished 1-3.
The final roster has to be announced by 5:00 PM today, stay tuned to Lone Star Struck and we’ll bring you the results as soon as they are announced.
The next game is for real people!
Here’s to another great Cowboys season!