After Week 1: The Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have finally found out who they are.
After their comeback win at home against the New York Giants on Sunday, The Dallas Cowboys showed everyone watching one thing: they know who they are. The mental toughness, the resilience, the poise, and the fight to the very end are what these Dallas Cowboys are all about. We saw this game after game last year. Time after time, we count the Cowboys out, just to see them prevail. They now know how to bounce back from self-inflicted wounds that they would usually let kill them. They keep going. They don’t give up, no matter what the circumstances are the Cowboys never stop fighting. They are committed to their system, and it works.
Right before halftime during Sunday’s game with about 1:o4 left in the second quarter, Cole Beasley got stripped of the ball where it was picked up by the Giants and returned for a touchdown. Then the very next possession, Romo tried to hit Witten on a crossing pattern but under-threw him and it was picked off and returned to the 1. The Cowboys were down 16-6 in the third quarter. Previously we have seen the Cowboys in this same situation, where they would try to make a comeback just to fail miserably at the last second with a Romo INT right? Well, not the Cowboys of today. They fought all the way back taking the game on a final second Jason Witten touchdown, 27-26. The question of..will the Cowboys continue their success from this past season was answered in Sunday’s game, at least, for now.
Once again, Tony Romo proved to the world why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league today. The poise and mental toughness the Cowboys have now has to start with the quarterback, and so it has. Tony Romo kept a cool head throughout the whole game. After the two turnovers, Romo led the Cowboys down the field for a touchdown to the second string tight end Gavin Escobar. Eli answered, and Romo came back with the game winning drive and a touchdown to the All-Pro tight end Jason Witten. Another game winning drive in the books for Romo. He is a big, if not the biggest, part to the success of the Dallas Cowboys. He is a top five quarterback but also the leader of this team.
The Cowboys did not abandon the run either. They took the run-by-committee approach and I would say it went OK. Lance Dunbar came up big on that last drive (receiving), Joseph Randle is alright and Darren McFadden still has his speed. If McFadden can find some of the holes Murray found, he could potentially be the number one guy. The Cowboys also have Christine Micheal from the Seattle Seahawks waiting to get in the mix and I believe he will be a huge difference maker as well. He is a physical runner and I would like to see him behind that big Cowboys offensive line.
But the stellar come from behind win came with what may be a huge difference in the offense in the next month or so, the injury to Dez Bryant. Dez will be out for about 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. His absence will be felt on the field. The rookie Randy Gregory for the defense also got hit with a high ankle sprain and will be out for 4-6 weeks as well. The Cowboys have the Eagles next week, Falcons, Saints, Patriots and a rematch with the Giants in the next month with a bye right before then. This will be the first real test of the season. How will the Cowboys do without Dez in those games with high scoring teams?
Besides the shots to the face during the game, and the injuries that occurred after, I applaud the Dallas Cowboys for hanging in there and finishing the game with a win. They stuck to their game plan, just like we seen all last year and once again come out as the winner. The next few weeks will be tough without Dez Bryant but this new resilience the team shows now might change that. With Tony Romo leading the way, I think the Cowboys will do just fine.
Ronald Broadus covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @RealRagnvald