Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Turnovers Doom Dallas Cowboys Early Against Arizona Cardinals

The Dallas Cowboys did some great things on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals. So great, in fact, that this game should've been over by halftime. Not one, two, three, or even four ... but five first-half turnovers by the Cowboys' offense made that claim irrelevant. Instead, Jay Feely outscored the entire Dallas team 12-7 as the Cowboys dropped to 1-2 in preseason.The turnover shenanigans began with Dwayne Harris, who averaged almost 20 yards per punt return last year, fumbling a punt in the first quarter that led to the first of Feely's four field goals.Dallas' first-team offense once again played very well. Tony Romo went 7-of-10 for 142 yards in a quarter and a half. Those numbers would've been more impressive if he hit Terrance Williams down the sideline for a would-be touchdown in the first quarter. But, nevertheless,canada goose jacket women Romo is batting 1.000 this preseason. Romo was involved in two offensive mistakes, but neither of them were his fault. Lance Dunbar caught a five-yard pass and turned it into a 43-yard gain before Yeremiah Bell tripped him up inside the 10-yard line. Dunbar couldn't hold onto the ball going down to the ground and Arizona recovered.Next drive, Romo hit Dez Bryant for a 27-yard gain, but Jerraud Powers stripped the ball from Bryant before he hit the ground, resulting in the third turnover for a Cowboys offense that left a possible 21 points off the board. That was the only hiccup on Bryant's day, who finished with four catches for 74 yards.Side note: That Romo-to-Bryant connection is looking awesome, isn't it?The first-team offense's day ended after that last fumble, which meant it was time for Kyle Orton to come in. The sooner Orton came in, the sooner Orton left.He played three series in the second quarter. The first one resulted in an interception, second was a three-and-out and the third was his second pick of the half.Despite the high number of turnovers, Monte Kiffin's defense bent, but didn't break. Whenever the Cardinals drove the field, the Cowboys' defense made crucial stops on third down to hold Arizona to field goal attempts.There's a bright spot if you're looking for it.Isuzu Auto Parts This defense has some promise.The offense didn't see the endzone until late in the fourth quarter when third-string quarterback Alex Tanney hit rookie tight end Gavin Escobar for a five-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 9-7. Tanney finished 14-of-19 for 136 yards and a touchdown. And he threw an interception for the sixth Dallas turnover. No biggie. But he's making a good case for that backup quarterback spot, slowly but surely. If you were looking for a game to analyze how the running game looks so far, this wasn't it. The three Dallas quarterbacks combined for 36 attempts to only 16 carries between four running backs, totaling 44 yards.It was an ugly game, nonetheless.Other notes:1) Devonte Holloman continues to look like a late-round gem for the Cowboys.Holloman made a nice diving interception off of Drew Stanton late in the first half to keep Arizona out of the endzone. That's Holloman's second interception this preseason. The first came during the Hall of Fame Game on a 75-yard pick returned for a touchdown.He almost forced a fumble in the second quarter on Stanton,Lululemon Women's Pants but the play was overturned thanks to the infamous tuck rule.Nike Air MaxHolloman keeps making plays. If he keeps doing that, he'll find a spot on the roster in some capacity.2) The offensive line did well again.The questionable group up front played relatively well, giving up only two sacks and three hits to the quarterback. For the most part, the quarterback's jersey has been clean this preseason.There's a lot of pressure for someone to perform upfront, now that news has come out that the talks between the Cowboys and Brian Waters are "dead." So whichever guard is ready to take on the challenge, it's their spot to have.3) Miles Austin may be mad that his job is on the line. Just ask Cardinals safety Curtis Taylor.The toughness and aggression the Cowboys' defense showed all afternoon carried over to Austin early in the second quarter. Dallas' No. 2 receiver caught a drag route and had a lot of field in front of him. As Taylor went for the, Austin lowered his shoulder and took out Taylor for a 16-yard gain.Mad Miles is a good Miles. It may need to be kept that way.What were your thoughts on the Cowboys' loss today? Did you see anything positive? Or is this team going downhill after three preseason games?The Cowboys play their first preseason home game on Aug. 24 when the Cincinnati Bengals come to Arlington.

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