Last night the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants for the seventh straight time on opening day but only for the first time in Jerry’s Palace! It was an important week one game for both teams and though Dallas won there is plenty of concern for the team moving forward. In a game where the Cowboys defense scored 14 points and forced six turnovers they still struggled to win the game. It took a late interception returned for a touchdown to seal the Cowboys victory last night and that’s not a good sign. On the Giants first two possessions they threw an interception inside their own 20 yard line and then fumbled around midfield but Dallas only managed to score 3 points and gain about 7 yards of offense. The first drive for Dallas after the interception was stalled when on 2nd and 7 left tackle Tyron Smith got a false start penalty and moved Dallas to 2nd and 12 and two plays later Dallas was settling for three. Now I could continue explaining each drive and each possession but honestly that’s not what I’m trying to talk about. The point I’m trying to make is that a team that forces six turnovers and gets 14 points on the board from their defense should not only win but win by a decent margin! For example since 2004 teams that end a game plus 5 in the turnover battle have won by an average of 21 points per game and Dallas only won by 5 points! The defense forced 6 turnovers yet gave up over 500 yards of offense and 31 points! Even worse the offense of the Cowboys only scored 22 points if you subtract the 14 put up by the defense! Bottom line is the Cowboys won the game but they were far from perfect and have a long way to go before I consider them a GOOD team!

By: David Hastings
@davidhastings23 @WeAreSportsZone
david.hastings@aol.com

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