The season opener on Sunday could not come soon enough for me. My stomach has been craving game day pizza rolls since July and it was finally satisfied last night along with my hunger for some Sunday Night Football.
Demarcus Ware delivered immediately with an interception that only an elite defender with almost a decade worth of experience could make. Eli and Co attempted a drive starting halfback screen that ended with Ware being on the receiving end of Eli’s pass. This was just a sign of things to come as the new look defense continued to be opportunistic throughout the game, finishing with five turnovers. Where they looked weak was when Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were able to get behind the safeties and when Rueben Randle was surprisingly able to win almost any one on one matchup against the Cowboy’s corners. Morris Clairborne went out with a shoulder injury that seems like it will hinder him for the remainder of the season. This is a big blow to the secondary, especially considering that the roster only includes a mere four cornerbacks. Will Allen, the 32 year old safety, got his first start in a Cowboys uniform. He was involved in two turnovers, one pick one fumble, but was also mainly responsible for the deep strikes Manning launched to Nicks and Cruz, as he let them slip behind him and wasn’t able to catch back up fast enough to cripple the play.
The offense was underwhelming to say the least. Miles Austin barely averaged over a dime per reception, and the running game was lacking in big plays and consistency. Murray Managed 86 yards behind an improved but still porous offensive line. The right side with Mackenzy Bernadeau and Doug Free was especially dismal to watch. They combined to become the most expensive door greeters in Texas as they consistently let the Giants defensive line through to say a very painful “Hello!” to poor little Romo. On one particularly vicious hit he became a manwich between Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Trattou. Luckily he only had the wind knocked out of him, and was back in action after the half.
This game had some positives and negatives to take away from it. The defense looks more aggressive, and is getting turnovers. On the offensive side of the ball showed that center Travis Frederick is the real deal and when paired with the already solid Tyron Smith, it gives us something t look forward to in the future from the trenches. Hopefully next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Romo and Murray get into a groove and put up more efficient numbers. Let’s make this 2-0 next week Cowboys!!!