DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
Looking back at the Dallas Cowboys win against the NY Giants, the game was on the line. Line of scrimiage where games are won and lost. And in the early go, the Cowboys looked liked a team that did not belong in the stadium with the NY Giants. Tony Romo was being sacked in the first half. And, a Cowboys drive in the second quarter had a 4 and 1. Which they elected to go for it. Bad decision as Giants players beat the Cowboys offensive line left and right. Things were about to get ugly after Romo threw an interception, and had it returned to the two. Thanks to Tyron Smith who made a touch down saving tackle to spot the Giants at the two. That play was huge because the Giants settled for three instead of the seven, Giants 3-Pokes 0. After that, the Cowboys dominated the action. And that patchwork offensive line that caused most of the penalties, is the same group that gave Romo time to throw and get 3 touchdown passes. Two to Kevin Ogletree, who has nailed down the 3 wide receiver spot with his play. That offensive line opened holes for DeMarco Murray, who ran for 118 yards. And that offensive line gave the Cowboys a big win with a cloesout MVP drive capped off by Kevin Ogletree’s big first down catch to seal the win 24-17. The offensive line has a way to go to get better, and the penalties need to stop. But the upside is they will get better as the season goes along, And with new center Ryan Cook, who did a great job in a last minute rush, this Pokes o line can be a great one as a unit. There is plenty of things the Cowboys can take from this game. The one thing is they can close out games instead of blowing leads. And this win can go a long way in the Pokes confidence meter.
While I’m raving about the Cowboys offensive line, let’s get defensive. Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones opened his wallet, and spent the money to improve the defense. Getting free agent corner Brandon Carr, and moving up the draft to get Morris Clairborne from LSU shows that the full attention on improving the defense was job one this off season. And it showed in the victory over the Giants. Eli Manning was under pressure most of the game. And his receivers did not take over the game like they did in the final game of the season in January. In short, Pokes defensive coordination Ron Ryan had the pieces to work with to make his defense do what it did . Preserve the lead and the win over the so called world champion NY Giants. Though there is more work to be done, Brandon Carr called the potential for the Cowboys defense as «cold.» Like they can be as nasty as Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or even the Giants. And if you saw last year, a great defense, along with just enough offense, can carry you through the post season on the way to a Super Bowl title. Which is the plans for the Cowboys in 2012.
Talk about splashy rookie NFL openings. Robert Griffin III had a rookie debut all rookies would like to have.2 touchdowns and 320 passing yards in the 40-32 win against New Orleans in the big easy. Something else the Redskins discovered, they have a running game with Albert Morris. The rookie from Florida International rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The NFC East will be a battle to the end with all 4 teams involved.
Congratulations to TCU football Head Coach Gary Patterson. His Horned Frogs beat Grambling 56-0 on the grand re-opening of Amon Carter Stadium. But this win was a milestorne win for Coach Patterson. 110th win makes him the most victorious Head Coach in TCU football history. TCU plays their first Big 12 game in Kansas against the Jayhawks.
SMU bounced back from the loss to Baylor with a 52-0 win over Stephen F. Austin, they gear up for Texas A&M next. More about the Aggies in a bit.
North Texas bounced back from the loss to LSU with a 34-7 win over Texas Southern. Like SMU, they will head to Kansas to face Kansas State in Manhattan.
Texas A&M had a problem closing out games last year. 5 blown leads lead to losses. New coach Ken Sumlin was brought in to change that. The result against Florida in the SEC opener, Aggies had a 17-7 lead going into the second half. Lost the game to the Gators 20-17. Differnent staff, same result. Long way to go.
Don’t forget, Mike Modano is going into the United Stateds Hockey Hall of Fame. Him and 4 other hockey greats will be inducted into U. S. Hockey legendary lore on October 15th, at the Marriott City Center in Downtown Dallas. It’s a first for Dallas, as they host the first Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Event. Tickets are on sale now. Go to USHockeyhalloffame.com. And it will be held on the ice rink of the Marriott. How cool is that!