The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-18 last Saturday night at AT& T Stadium in Arlington in the tune-up game for both teams prior to the start of the regular season, on Sunday, September 8th.
The first team offense finally showed some signs of light for Dallas, but the big question still remaining for the ‘Pokes is whether or not their makeshift offensive line can perform well enough to give Tony Romo time in the pocket to successfully move the offense down the field for touchdowns on a consistent basis.
Defensively, there is no doubt the move to the 4-3 by bringing in defensive guru Monte Kiffen in has been a good move. Once the players settle into the new scheme this defense will keep Dallas in the game ever week.
Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett was pleased with what he saw on the field following the conclusion of the game.
“I thought we did a good job controlling the football, and we did a good job of really just sticking with the run. We had some positive runs, we had some negative runs, we had some ok runs. We did a good job staying persistent with that. I thought that was good for our football team. We’re stronger up front than we’ve been in the past, and I think it showed more as the game wore on.”
The starters played the first half and the second team played a good portion of the second half. One exception to that was running back DeMarco Murray. He played most of the second half. Garrett was asked why that was the case.
“We took DeMarco out in the first half because he put the ball on the ground, so we gave Phillip Tanner a chance to play with the ones in the first half, so we talked to DeMarco at halftime and gave him a chance to play in the second half and he did a good job when he came back in. He’s a pro; he’s a damn good football player. I thought he responded well to it.”
Dallas hits the field again Thursday night at home to close the preseason when they entertain the Houston Texans. Fans will enjoy watching the game, but the second teams will play for both Dallas and Houston in the first half and the second half will feature players on the bubble of making the team, meaning that most of the players you see then won’t be on the team after the final roster cuts down to the 53-man roster.