Many a Dallas fan shed a tear last Sunday as the Cowboys lost a close one at home. The game went right down to the final second.
The big questions for this game were how would the two rookies perform for Dallas and what about that no name defense?
Rookie Field General, Dak Prescott, led the Cowboys within striking distance several times during the game only to come up short.
Dak Prescott performed like a seasoned veteran. He was a little bit conservative, perhaps even tentative to throw the long ball, however; he protected the ball and did NOT allow a turnover. Dak answered a lot of the questions that surround a rookie in his NFL debut. His Mama, up in Heaven, shed a tear of joy for the man/player Dak has become.
The only way the Cowboys were able to find the end zone was with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Ezekiel Elliott scored his first touchdown in the NFL. Zeke had a lot of dirty carries early attempting to wear down the Giants’ front line. It was NOT a great day for the Cowboys’ running game. Alfred Morris had only seven touches. Scott Linehan had too many pass plays called, most of which ended up as check downs to Jason Witten and Cole Beasley.
The big surprise for Dallas was the ineffectiveness of Dez Bryant in this game. After Dez’s touchdown was reviewed and reversed. Dez all but disappeared from the game. Dez did NOT lose his cool, like in the past, but he did lose his momentum. A lonesome tear could be seen in Dez’s eye after the reversal.
Dan Bailey was Automatic. Bailey tied his career long with a 56 yard field goal earlier in the game. Terrance Williams failure to get out of bounds with just seconds remaining cost the Cowboys the potential victory.
That NO-Name Defense
Sean Lee led the defense with double digit tackles. Anthony Hitchens managed nine stops. Barry Church had seven tackles followed by Terrell McClain and Justin Durant with five. Terrell McClain played his finest game as a member of the Cowboys. With the exception of the three big passing plays, the defense held its own.
On the big play from Manning to Odell Beckham, Jr., Orlando Scandrick appeared to injury his hamstring. The whole crowd gasped, some even shedding tears, as Orlando was taken to the locker room. Scandrick’s departure opened the door for rookie Anthony Brown to play the slot. Brown had great coverage on the touchdown that was scored on him. Brown just wasn’t strong enough to knock the ball away from the receiver. Scandrick did return to the game.
Brandon Carr came up with his first interception on the Giants opening drive of the second half. Although he has lost his starting safety position to Byron Jones, J.J. Wilcox came up with the big hit of the day which prevented the Giants from getting a first down and forced them to punt the ball away on the G-mens final drive.
After losing to the Giants in the final seconds, 20-19, Cowboys fans all over the globe were shedding tears. It was a heartbreaker that could have turned out completely different, but that is how the sun set on the Cowboys last Sunday. The team now prepares to head to Landover, Maryland to take on the Redskins at noon next Sunday.