The Star’s Five Corners: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

In this week’s “The Star’s Five Corners” I’m going to discuss five in game events or occurrences from the first regular season game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants.

  • Jason Witten got out of the game unscathed or at least that’s what I’m gathering.  Personally I didn’t think he was going to play and if it were up to me; Witten doesn’t play.  He wasn’t as involved as we’re used to seeing him, but he came up huge in run blocking.
  • Tony Romo only went off for 307 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 22-of-29 passing attempts. Romo added another 100+ quarterback rating game against the Giants to his resume by finishing with a quarterback rating of 129.5.  Kevin Ogletree was Romo’s favorite target and one would imagine that would be the case.  Ogletree has been his number one receiver throughout most of training camp and finished the night with eight catches on 11 targets for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
  • DeMarco Murray will be the heart and soul of this offense as long as he’s healthy.  The Cowboys are now 6-0 in games where Murray gets at least 20 touches.  Murray finished the night with 131 yards on 20 carries for an outstanding 6.6 yard-per-carry average. Murray started the night kind of rough, but as the game went on he found his groove and made the Giants pay on every carry.
  • DeMarcus Ware got his 100th and 101st sacks against the Giants Wednesday night.  The defense looked really good, especially on that goal line stand after the Romo interception.  Sean Lee is everywhere and if this was an indication of things to come he’s on pace to finish the season with 192 total tackles. 
  • Statistically speaking, the secondary held Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to one of their worst games against the Cowboys after both Cruz and Nicks recorded 150+ yard games against Dallas last season.  I thought that the rotation of Sean Lissemore and Josh Brent did a good job anchoring the center of the defensive line and didn’t allow Eli Manning to step up and throw.  Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne also had good games and kept their promise of no “salsa dancing” while on their watch.
  • The offensive line started off horribly, but eventually got it together. The line allowed two sacks, but none were from Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre Paul or Osi Umenyora.  I really think Phil Costa’s days as the starting center are done.  Costa left the game after the first series with a lower back injury and was consequently replaced by newcomer Ryan Cook.  Cook was acquired from the Dolphins about a week ago – makes Jerry Jones look like a genius, huh? – and I think he did a good enough job to warrant becoming the starter.
  • Felix Jones sucks.  He looks slow and fat. Did I mention he looks slow and fat? His days as a running back in the NFL could be over if he doesn’t find that second gear soon.
  • Penalties are going to be the death of me.  The Cowboys committed 13 penalties for 86 yards.  That has to stop, for a minute there I thought I was watching the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat in the NBA finals.

The Cowboys got the win 24-17, but they still have a lot of things they have to clean up prior to game two against the Seattle Seahawks.

So let me ask you something, “How bout them Cowboys”?

Wait, why did I just get flagged? Cause I’m ranting?  Really?

Let me quote Jim Mora, “You kiddin’ me”?

 

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com

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