I thought about writing a post about the things the Cowboys need to do to beat the New York Giants earlier today. For the Dallas Cowboys, the blueprint to victory is really the same every week. From an offensive standpoint, we need to limit turnovers and offensive penalties. The special teams need not screw anything up. The defense needs to continue its run of several weeks of dominance.
Earlier this evening, the Dallas Cowboys beat up the New York Giants. Our defense was clearly superior. The New York Giants were at a disadvantage with since Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs were out. On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys were playing without Roy Williams, our all-pro safety. He has been out most this season with a broken arm. Patrick Watkins, our backup safety, has been on “injured reserve” for the last few weeks, yet our defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Although many people will talk about the fact that we had eight sacks in the game, the real key to this game was the fact that the New York Giants could not run the football.
From the offensive side, the Dallas Cowboys did not turn the ball over. Tony Romo did not have an interception… not one. This may be as much of a reason why we won as any other. Tashard Choice had another very solid game with 91 yards rushing on only nine carries. I’m not sure that Marion Barber was at full speed, though he did have a critical third-down play. With all the controversy surrounding Terrell Owens and Jason Witten, Tony Romo really spread the ball around. Seven different receivers had catches.
The bottom line is I think the Cowboys are getting better. They may be peaking at the right time. Still, I’m very disappointed about the tremendous number of penalties. 11 penalties for 108 yards… not exactly championship football.
Next Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Baltimore Ravens. This is going to be an extremely tough game. Our offensive line has done a mediocre job over the last two weeks. It’s going to have to do a better job of opening holes for the running backs and protecting Tony Romo if we’re going to win against the Baltimore Ravens.