S2 Week 7: Cowboys vs Patriots

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    Dallas rolled into Beantown to face a hot 4-1 Patriots squad. The Cowboys knew that they would have to play solid on defense against the pass happy Patriots to have a chance to keep it close. Rookie QB Daniel Romeo has struggled so far since he's been given the reigns, but he has show signs of progress and he would take another step today.

    The game started with both teams really getting whatever they wanted on their first drives. Both QB's moved the teams down the field with precision passing and some timely running, especially from DeMarco Murray who would continue to show why he is so important to the Cowboys success on offense. He provided a running option today that helped balance out the attack for Romeo, giving him the opportunity to utilize his nice play action fakes and setting him up to be more succesful throwing the football.

    He responded by starting the game 6-6 for 98 yards and showed the type of poise you would expect from the other side of the field. Tom Brady would struggle though... after the initial TD drive, he seemed to get a bit rattled by the pressure of the Cowboys Demarcus Ware. His first INT came with Ware bearing down on him and as he rushed the pass, Orlando Scandrick stepped right in front and picked it off and returned it into New England territory. Though the Cowboys settled for a FG, they would continue to take the conservative route on offense, not asking Romeo to do too much.

    Brady continued to flounder, throwing another interception to 1st year Cowboy SS Larry Asante. The Cowboys would tack on 2 more FG's before the half, with New England squeezing in a 55 yarder at the whistle after a nice 2 play, 40 yard drive to get into FG position in just 13 seconds.

    Halftime score, Cowboys 16 Patriots 10

    The second half would see more grinding by the Cowboys. Murray continued to pound his way to a solid day with 80+ yards on 25 carries. Felix Jones and Romeo accounted for another 35 yards on the ground and the Cowboys balanced attack kept New England guessing as the game wore on.

    Romeo did make a costly mistake though. In the Patriots redzone, with a chance to go up 2 scores late in the 3rd qtr he threw and INT when looking for Witten on a corner route in the endzone. The defense would pick him up though, pilfering their 3rd INT of the day and setting the Cowboys up to finish the game strong.

    Romeo really looked poised in the final TD drive that chewed up the clock and sealed the game for the Cowboys 26-13. This was a very nice win for a team trying to find it's identity. Having Demarco Murray back certainly is helping to clarify that.

    GG Whoozy..

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