Sweet Victory

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) reacts after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I live about 15 minutes from both New York City and East Rutherford, NJ (where the “NY” Giants really play).  So while a season sweep of our biggest rival tastes oh-so-sweet to all Cowboys fans, it tastes just a little more sweet to me.

Yesterday’s game brought out the best in some aspects of our team, and exposed the weaknesses in others.  The above-pictured Jason Hatcher, for instance, continued his campaign for a trip to Hawaii, as he recorded two more sacks in yesterday’s outing.

In keeping with the Defense, I would also like to point out how impressed I was by Orlando Scandrick.  The touchdown was great, but I was especially happy with the way he kept pace with the likes of Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan all game.  His speed and press abilities continue to serve as evidence for the large contract he received last year.

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is hit by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is hit by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Carter (pictured right), however, showed that he is not yet able to assume Sean Lee‘s job when called upon.  Despite making some good tackles and impressively keeping up with receivers, an otherwise solid performance was overshadowed by several mental lapses.

Moving onto offense, I would like to be the first to point out how little anyone is complaining about Dez Bryant‘s intensity today.  Does the guy still have some growing up to do?  I don’t know, maybe.  Regardless, he brings a level of enthusiasm not matched by many on this team.

I like the yelling on the sidelines, and I like the hanging of his head after a mistake.  Emotion is not always abundant in Dallas; so Dez: keep being Dez!

Speaking of emotion – or lack thereof – DeMarco Murray: I am concerned.  #29 had an excellent game, but it wasn’t hard to tell that something was off.  It was nice to see him use that great ball carrier’s vision, but I hope the power he typically runs with returns soon.

The victory against the Giants was sweet, but the team still does not look ready to reach the next level.  Perhaps if Sean Lee returns on Thursday, and we are able to get a win wearing those awesome blue sleeves, we’ll capture the momentum we need to make a run at the playoffs.

Comment below with your thoughts on yesterday’s victory over the Giants!

Topics: Bruce Carter, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Orlando Scandrick

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