The Dallas Cowboys have snapped their seven-game losing streak. Tony Romo returned and led his team to victory against the Miami Dolphins. Tony Romo is now 3-0 for the year, and he’s the only QB to lead the Cowboys to a victory this season. Without Romo, the Cowboys went 0-7.
My thoughts on the Cowboys performance
Offense: Returning from a broken collarbone, Romo slowly shook off the rust and finished with over 220 yards through the air with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams both had four catches for a combined 124 yards and each found the end zone once. The running game was phenomenal. Darren McFadden had 29 carries for 129 yards. The offense racked up close to 400 yards of total offense, 22 first downs, and had about 39 minutes of ball possession. Although, there were quite a bit of holding penalties and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty committed by Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant that allowed Miami to score within a minute later. Totally unacceptable. For this performance, the offense deserves an A-.
Defense: Possibly the best game for the defense so far this year. They held the Miami offense to only 210 yards of total offense, got three sacks, and intercepted one pass that was returned for a touchdown. Credit to Rolando McClain for the pick six. But the most amazing thing I saw from the defense is that they went the entire game without getting called for defensive holding nor pass interference. But they’re STILL not forcing many turnovers, but the defense got the job done in this one. For the first time in a while, the offense and defense were on the same page. For that, I have to give the defense an A.
Special Teams: Dan Bailey only attempted one field goal, and of course, he didn’t miss it! Chris Jones punted three times, but none of his punts were inside the 20, but he still did okay. There were no kick returns. Only 18 total yards of punt returns, but it didn’t affect the Cowboys at all. Special Teams only allowed 51 total return yards, which is outstanding. Special Teams also deserves an A.
On the 26th of November, the Cowboys will take on the undefeated Carolina Panthers at home. The Cowboys will need to practice harder than ever if they’re going to do the impossible and defeat the Panthers. They’ll need to put tremendous pressure on Cam Newton and sack him several times if they’re going to contain the tough Carolina offense. And of course, they’ll need turnovers. The offense will need to be ready as well. Carolina’s defense is strong. The Cowboys coaching staff only have three days to prepare for this test.