Dallas Gets off to a Running Start

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by CaptMoe, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. CaptMoe

    CaptMoe Walk On

    Jul 27, 2012
    After an off-season that saw a number of changes for the Dallas Cowboys, no one expected the offense to change much with J. Echavaria under center. But, in week 1, that is exactly what happened. HB L. Dunbar had more rushing attempts than Echavaria had passing, 20-19. Dunbar also scored more TDs, 3-2. Did the team undergo a switch in offensive philosophy this off-season? The short answer: No. Dallas has too many weapons, Echavaria too strong of an arm and deadly accuracy and it's all just too tempting to put in the backseat and allow the running game to flourish on a weekly basis. But, the coaches have at least shown that they're capable of riding the hot hand and sticking with what works.

    In week 1, that was the run game and Dunbar. The coaches knew he was in for a big game just as the 1st half was coming to an end. After going up 21-14, Dallas got the ball back on a B. Carter INT, in Cleveland territory. Already in FG range, the offense handed off to Dunbar to get the spot centered and make the FG attempt a bit easier. But Dunbar broke 2 tackles and sprinted behind C T. Frederick and RG E. Britton, who led the charge the full 29yds to the endzone, giving Dallas a 28-14 lead they would not relinquish.

    In the 3rd, Dunbar kept getting fed, and he kept producing, this time scoring from 58yds to give Dallas a commanding 35-14 lead. The Browns were hampered by their QB play as T. Taylor completed 4 passes to Cowboy defenders, 2 of them to OLB B. Carter. Those turnovers took the life out of the Browns' offense as they would only score once more.

    Dallas now heads home to face the Packers while the Browns get some extra time to work out the kinks, as they prepare to host the Patriots in a rematch of last season's AFC Championship game...
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