NFL  > Dallas Cowboys  > Cowboys Start 2-1
September 27, 2011, 09:37 AM
For starters...once again, Romo delivered in the clutch.

Going to 1-2 with a hot Lions team up next was not good.

Instead, Romo fought off the pain of the rib which we could all see...and he fought through the constant holding penalties that wiped out good gains, the constant stupidity of the young wide outs and the constant bad snaps of Costa at Center.

The clutch play of the game was hands down the 3rd and 21 where he got blitzed, rolled out and found enough time to hit Dez for a 30yd gain, plus the face mask penalty all on none other than the big mouth himself, Deangelo Hall.

The good:

Romo...nough said above.

Sean Lee - the guy is only 2nd in the NFL in tackles and has 2 picks and a fumble recovery as well...he is making the transition from Keith Brooking to himself, painfully easy...heck, if he keeps it up, he will have Bradie James' job.

Dez Bryant - making plays when he could.

Felix Jones finally getting over 100yds and would have had another 30 more had it not been for a few boneheaded holding calls.

Rob Ryan - he has been the CLEAR difference in this defense...this team is forcing throws, creating turnovers and not allowing yards roll up on them.

Had this been last seasons team, the D would have given up enough yards for a last second FG to the Skins to win...this seasons team took it right to Grossman and forced the fumble.

Good job Boys...we are now 2-1 and need to lean on the medical staff to get Austin back because we will need him vs the Lions.

I said all along if we were 3-1 after the Lions game, that we were winning the NFC East and going 11-5....

Only time will tell.
September 27, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Congratulations to the Cowboys and although the game was quite boring you can't argue with a win and a 2-1 record. Maybe they will regain their swagger and march into the playoffs. Only time will tell.

September 27, 2011  09:51 AM ET

was a good game.... lots of positives and a few negatives. bennett? center - WTF?? penalties. but overall a W is a W. we've got to get TDs in the red zone. FGs are good, but won't win much and it will take TDs to beat the lions and pats. hope romo gets a good week of rest and looking forward to Detroit!!

September 27, 2011  10:43 AM ET

The TD's will come when Austin returns.

When you have wide outs running incorrect routes it does not help the red zone offense.

Dallas is in BAD need of getting Austin back...I just hope he can get back on the field this week....and, having a healthier Dez will be nice too.

September 27, 2011  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The TD's will come when Austin returns.When you have wide outs running incorrect routes it does not help the red zone offense.Dallas is in BAD need of getting Austin back...I just hope he can get back on the field this week....and, having a healthier Dez will be nice too.

It is tough to score when you are missing two of your best playmakers.

September 27, 2011  03:06 PM ET

The makings of a good team is when it's not playing well, but still manage to win. I questioned Garrett releasing so many veteran's, but in the long run, it might just work. Just have some growing pains to go through, such as last night.

September 28, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Drip....you are right...it not only makes it hard to score but it makes coverages easier...this is why Haslett was dialing up so many 1 on 1 matchups with the corners because our wideouts could not make a play...that is, until Dez busted up Hall.

Bull...I agree, they played poorly on O and still got the win...last year, the Cowboys would have lost that game on the final drive.

September 28, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The makings of a good team is when it's not playing well, but still manage to win. I questioned Garrett releasing so many veteran's, but in the long run, it might just work. Just have some growing pains to go through, such as last night.

It is always better to go with young talent over aging veterans. You never know when these old guys will hit the wall and have diminishing returns. The Cowboys may go through growing pains but it will be best in the long run.

September 28, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Drip....you are right...it not only makes it hard to score but it makes coverages easier...this is why Haslett was dialing up so many 1 on 1 matchups with the corners because our wideouts could not make a play...that is, until Dez busted up Hall.Bull...I agree, they played poorly on O and still got the win...last year, the Cowboys would have lost that game on the final drive.

What a difference in defensive coaching, huh Jeff? Wade could have, and should have, done more, but I feel like he probably thought he was too important being the HC. And, it caught up to him.

September 28, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What a difference in defensive coaching, huh Jeff? Wade could have, and should have, done more, but I feel like he probably thought he was too important being the HC. And, it caught up to him.

The intensity that Rob Ryan brings is outstanding!

And, the fact that he is lining up Ware all over the field is another smart move.

The various blitzes he is bringing is just sick and because it forces teams to get the ball out quick and in turn allows our corners to man up and bump for the quick passes.

Now-a-days in the NFL, if you play too much zone, you are going to get blown up.

I think Garrett has done a good job too. The bone headed mistakes will get fixed and Dallas will continue to improve.

It is a long season, but I still think this is a 10 win team...

September 28, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The intensity that Rob Ryan brings is outstanding!And, the fact that he is lining up Ware all over the field is another smart move.The various blitzes he is bringing is just sick and because it forces teams to get the ball out quick and in turn allows our corners to man up and bump for the quick passes.Now-a-days in the NFL, if you play too much zone, you are going to get blown up.I think Garrett has done a good job too. The bone headed mistakes will get fixed and Dallas will continue to improve.It is a long season, but I still think this is a 10 win team...

I wholeheartedly agree with you.....we have a reason to be hopeful now. Last season just snowballed, and being a Navy vet, I think the ship has been righted now, or at least is being righted..........lol

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September 28, 2011  10:37 AM ET

Been saying since Week One... we need to get to the bye at .500 as the schedule after sets up very nicely.

Two tough upcoming games against QB's not named Sanchez, Smith or Grossman will test the defense but I have confidence I did not have last season.

Sean Lee... Pro Bowl bound health permitting!

I won't bash the O-Line - the kids have to grow up. This pays off later and all of us were tired of the old guys.

Ogletree... not even a #3. Give Holley and/or Robinson a chance instead.

And... Bennett... Adios Bro! You stink!

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September 28, 2011  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Been saying since Week One... we need to get to the bye at .500 as the schedule after sets up very nicely. Two tough upcoming games against QB's not named Sanchez, Smith or Grossman will test the defense but I have confidence I did not have last season. Sean Lee... Pro Bowl bound health permitting! I won't bash the O-Line - the kids have to grow up. This pays off later and all of us were tired of the old guys. Ogletree... not even a #3. Give Holley and/or Robinson a chance instead. And... Bennett... Adios Bro! You stink!

I think Dallas needs to be 3-1 but 2-2 is not the end of the world!

The rest you are dead on!

September 28, 2011  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The bone headed mistakes will get fixed and Dallas will continue to improve.It is a long season, but I still think this is a 10 win team...

If the running game becomes a reality (not two big bursts in the second half) then Dallas can get 11 wins.

September 28, 2011  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think Dallas needs to be 3-1 but 2-2 is not the end of the world!The rest you are dead on!

Jeff I think Dallas is/was 3-1 but sadly they let one of the 3 wins slip away in week one. Therefore with the Lions game looming I see 2-2.

September 28, 2011  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think Dallas needs to be 3-1 but 2-2 is not the end of the world!

The rest you are dead on!

Like I've also said since Week 1...

That damn J-E-T-S game!!!

September 28, 2011  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Jeff I think Dallas is/was 3-1 but sadly they let one of the 3 wins slip away in week one. Therefore with the Lions game looming I see 2-2.

Well...Austin is out again...

So, if Dallas does not get at least 80 on the ground, they will need to rely on the wideouts and outside of Dez and Witten, not many others inspire confidence.

Hopefully D and W will have big games and carry us.

 
September 28, 2011  09:23 PM ET

Go with youth..the young gun's are faster, quicker and work harder because they want that big payday in which they know they will get if they stay healthy so I hope Jerry takes a page out of the Pat's and Eagles playbook and sign the guy's from Draft day get the prime year's out of them hope they have good year's and there value increases then get rid of them.

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