The Dallas Cowboys Defense was responsible for 5 of the 6 total turnovers that the team was able to create against the New York Giants. The Cowboys did a solid job against the run as well, with all of the backup Defensive Linemen holding their own.
So if Selvie and Hayden played well and the rest of the starters were intact, why was Eli Manning able to shred this Defense in the second half? Was it just because it was week one and like most teams there is some rust to knock off? I don’t know, but you are not going to get 5 or 6 turnovers all that often. The Cowboys should have blown the Giants right out of Texas.
The pass rush from the Cowboys front-four slowed down as the game went along and Manning found open receivers at will. Dallas had some success creating pressure with their Linebackers. Perhaps they need to think about blitzing more?
If the Dallas had found a way to lose this game it would have been really demoralizing and it would have set a poor tone for the season.
Turnovers do not mean as much if the Offense cannot capitalize when given the ball. The Offense was not able to put the ball in the End-zone early when the Defense was playing well. There were several times when the Offense looked extremely rusty. With good pass-protection the Cowboys played a dink and dunk offense and didn’t seem to have many deeper routes called.
Romo often had a clean pocket but they were unable to create many big pass plays during the game. Dez Bryant was almost a non-factor although he did draw a lot of attention from the Giants Defense. This should have opened up the field for Austin to hit some big plays. Terrance Williams had a rough game and does not seem ready for a big role in this Offense. Dwayne Harris should work the number 3 Wide Receiver position until Williams proves he is ready.
Like most teams the Cowboys have some things to clean up on both sides of the ball. The important thing for them is that they found a way to win this game. The Defense created turnovers and the Offensive Line played pretty well.They can take the good things from this game and make them better. But they better cleanup the surprisingly rusty looking offense and close some of those large zones on the Defense or we are in trouble. They cannot expect their opponent to turn the ball over like that again this season.
Next Up: The Dallas Cowboys will go into Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs appear to be much improved. The Andy Reid coached team will be a tough matchup for the Cowboys and Arrowhead is always a tough place to play.