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Ready To Find Out Just A Little Bit More About These Cowboys

  • Easley DFF
    September 12, 2019
    FRISCO, Texas As they say, one game does not a season make.Win or lose. Doesn matter.Of course, you would rather win that season opener than lose. Go ask New England and Seattle and Arizona. Heck, go ask Cincinnati, already 0-2 and firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, son of former Cowboys offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.But the Cowboys won.19-3.Beat the Giants, and the game was not nearly as close as the score might indicate, especially when you consider the Cowboys kicked field goals from the 3 and 12. Score touchdowns like you should, and it 27-3. Even so, only four of the opening week 15 winners won by a larger point differential.So the optimism needle out there is hitting bright green.Yet there sure seems to be a lot of questions still hovering over this Cowboys team heading into Sunday matchup with the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And you know what, that good. That healthy. That keeping your heads on straight, not allowing 1-0 on the heels of 13-3 to cause premature giddy-up so early in the season.Guarantee you the Cowboys coaches are cautiously optimistic right there with you, looking for more evidence of just who this team might be Chris Jones of the things that so important for us to do as a coaching staff is to evaluate independent of the result,” says Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. ftentimes you win a game and everyone thinks everything is great or you lose a game and everyone thinks everything is bad.ut you have to hunker down and just evaluate. Evaluate play by play, player by player, situation by situation.”You bet, and like in the Cowboys’ case you have to ask, is this defense for real? After all, the Cowboys held the Giants to just 233 total yards and 35 rushing yards. That leaves them heading into Round 2 of the season ranked seventh in total defense, if you can fathom six other teams in the league totaled fewer yards than did the Giants in a league-wide offensive brownout that first week. The Cowboys also are No. 1 against the run, just where they left off last season.And that pass rush: For real? Why, the Cowboys recorded three sacks in the opener, two of those by DeMarcus Lawrence. They probably left at least three more on the field. Three a game then would factor out to 48 for the season. You have to go back to 2008 to find the Cowboys finishing a season with more (59). The club single-season sack record is the 62 in 1985, three years after sacks became an official NFL stat. Again, this is one game. But here is what is so encouraging: The sack totals have gone up in each of the past three seasons under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli jurisdiction after the departure of DeMarcus Ware: 28-31-36.Then there ishad 104. Dak Prescott was sacked only one time. Their 392 total yards and 34 minutes, 14 seconds time of possession against the Giants both rank fourth in the NFL after Week 1. Not bad, but by no means a finished product. Let keep an eye on this, especially with Denver, uh, Vont-ed defense and head-pulsating crowd noise up next.Here is another question: Can this young secondary hold up? Just think, with veteran Orlando Scandrick already ruled out of Sunday game after having his fractured third metacarpal on the back of his left hand surgically-repaired, six of the possible nine active defensive backs on Sunday will be in no more than their third year. And only one of those six, Byron Jones, is a third-year guy. That a lot, as they say, yout back there, especially when you consider the top three corners going up against Denver Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be eighth-year veteran Nolan Carroll, second-year man Anthony Brown and rookie Chidobe Awuzie Jake Campos Jersey, with rookie Jordan Lewis poised to be active for the first time. And don forget rookie safety Xavier Woods and second-year safety Kavon Frazier active, too. Thatl create some high anxiety. And, yes, I know, I know, what about Zeke? What going to happen with those tired-head court cases, what with this appeal, that appeal, this arbitrator, that district judge and ultimately now next week three-judge Circuit Court panel? Can help you here. This we know for sure: Elliott plays Sunday against the Broncos (1-0). After that, judges will decide if he immediately starts his six-game suspension, has the suspension delayed yet another week or two, orrrrrr … stay the suspension until further court proceedings take place in the offseason.And you think our income tax system is complicated.So all this questioning is healthy after Game 1, taking, as Jaylon Smith likes to say, a clear-eye view of what youe done and more importantly what you still need to do. Thus, we should receive more evidence Sunday at Mile High of just where the Cowboys are Jalen Jelks Jersey. Because as Bill Parcells is wont to say, you don want to be a flash in the pan.Consistency is key.onsistency is such an important thing,” Garrett preaches. he best teams are consistent. The best players are consistent. It week in and week out. And it even more than that. It throughout a ball game …“But you used the right word, consistent. Can you be consistent the next week, do the same kinds of things?”Exactly. And for the Cowboys, the next week arrives Sunday, 3:25 p.m., on the road in Denver, Colo., before a crowd upwards of 76,000. No matter. The Cowboys are 18-7 in their last 25 road games, with five of those losses during the Romo-less 2015 season and one the final game of last season they punted for preserved-health reasons.That was then, though. This is now. This is this team. And wee about to find out just a little bit more.