So the Cowboys were underdogs, not expected to play well against the Jets. Not that I thought that, but some folks were pretty certain the Jets were going to run / pass all over the Dallas team, breaking apart the inexperienced offensive line, etc etc. But that didn’t really happen, at least not completely. What did happen?
- The offensive performed. Some errors for sure, but overall they played like a solid line that needs some time to work out the kinks, not like a line of inexperienced players. Kudos to them for the performance.
- Dez, great starting series, but if you work so hard you can’t last the game it isn’t a real help. Coach Garret, if he’s not performing, take him out. Period. That pick was part Romo and part Dez failures and I’m sure you all know and feel that.
- The offense did great spreading out and working the Jets’ defense, but we lost it when Plax got hot. Depth in CB and Safety might be issues unless we can see those positions stable for an entire game (or two).
- Mistakes by key players. Romo and the goal line fumble, Witten with the interference call, Bryant running out of gas and not fighting for the ball on that INT were all avoidable and preventable errors.
Now with all of that said, the ‘Boys had a great game overall, though it closed badly, they showed they can not only play with, but beat top tier teams in all areas of the game. Their down fall was mistakes and things that can be corrected. They were not expected to win, and didn’t, but I suspect most people thought they’d lose by more. I believed they were going to win from the outset, and was excited by the game and let down by the collapse. But overall this was a good outting and a good game for the Boys.
It’s only week one and despite the loss, the signs are better this year than last.