Ten Thoughts On The Cowboys Win

1.  Say what you want about head coach Wade Phillips running training camps being “soft” or “easy”, but make sure you say they are effective.  The Cowboys as Wade said, “We ready to play.”

2.  The Cowboys were marvelous on 3rd downs.   On offense they were 8 of 11 for 72%.  That will win a lot of ballgames.  And on defense, the Cowboys were outstanding.  The Browns only converted three of nine attempts. 

3.  The Browns never got to run.  You have to run to win in this league.  The Cowboys defense only allowed 91 yards of rushing.  Jamal Lewis was 13 for 62 yards.

4.  Tony Romo spends time on football.  All that stuff about him playing too much golf in the offseason and hanging out with Jessica Simpson too much is wrong.  Romo threw for 327 yards.  That is his 11th 300-yard game in three seasons.  Troy Aikman had just 13 in his entire career.

5.  Patrick Crayton is a legit number two receiver.  Six catches 82 yards.  That is big time.  Go look around the NFL and you’ll see he’s really good when you start to stack up the numbers.

6.  The Cowboys drafted really well.  Rookies Orlando Scandrick, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice played well.

7.  The offensive line got the game ball.  They simply knocked Cleveland around.  They didn’t allow a sack and you never saw their blitzes work.

8.  Matt McBriar had two punts.

9.  11 penalties.  Way too many.  The Cowboys have to focus better if they are going to win in the playoffs.  The Browns first touchdown came off two Cowboys penalties on third downs.

10.  The name Skip Peete will be one to remember this week.  If Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber can’t play because of sore ribs, Peete, the Cowboys running backs coach, will have to make sure rookies Tashard Choice and Felix Jones can pick up the Eagles blitzes.

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