Cowboys take control with 10-0 lead

December, 5, 2010
12/05/10
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INDIANAPOLIS -- After one quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Cowboys are leading the Colts, 10-0. A excellent opening drive and a turnover have given the Cowboys their early lead.

Now let's review the first quarter:

Cowboys score on first two drives: It was an excellent opening drive of the first quarter that saw the Cowboys take a 7-0 lead when Tashard Choice ended the nine play, 80-yard drive with a 20-yard run. Choice might not be good on special teams, but in the first quarter he averaged 8.8 yards per carry and hit the holes with a good burst. His touchdown run came on a cutback when he eluded two defenders near the goal line. The Cowboys took a 10-0 lead when David Buehler made a 30-yard field goal. It was setup when Alan Ball picked off his second pass of the season. Peyton Manning threw a deep pass to Reggie Wayne, but Ball came over to snag the pass for the interception.

Jones gets the start: With Marion Barber out with a calf injury, the Cowboys made Felix Jones the starter. In his third career start, Jones finished the first quarter with seven carries with 34 yards. Choice is also getting significant snaps, he carried the ball five times in the opening quarter.

Alan Ball with an interception: There has been plenty of talk about how bad Ball has played at free safety. The last few weeks, Ball well tell you he's played better and he's got two interceptions the last four games. Ball's latest came on a deep ball from Manning to Wayne. Ball did a nice job of anticipating the pass as the centerfielder of the defense. He moved over to get tothe ball as Wayne had a step Jenkins.

Cowboys come out in nickel: With the Colts a pass oriented offense, the Cowboys came out in a nickle package on their two defensive series of the quarter. Igor Olshansky, Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff were the down linemen with Orlando Scandrick the third corner. The second time it was done, Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen were the linemen and Sean Lee saw time at inside linebacker over Keith Brooking.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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