Sunday, December 4, 2011
Third quarter: Cowboys 13, Cardinals 6
By Calvin Watkins
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cowboys hold a slim 13-6 lead over the Arizona Cardinals after three quarters. Games have ended crazy here.
Highlights of the third quarter:
1. Very impressive drive to start the second half by Arizona. It looked like the Cowboys were not ready to start the game again. But the defense was bailed out when on a fourth-and-goal from the 1, right tackle Brandon Keith was called for a false start, forcing Arizona to attempt a field goal, which was made. The drive took 6:42 off the clock.
2. With tight end Martellus Bennett out with a rib injury, it meant Shaun Chapas would get more snaps at fullback. Tight end John Phillips was backing up Chapas at fullback.
3. Doug Free did not have a good first half. He was pushed around the line of scrimmage by Calais Campbell and he gave up one sack in the first half. Tony Romo eluded Campbell on a inside pass rush to complete a 11-yard pass to Dez Bryant.
4. The Cowboys ran a slight version of the hurry-up in the middle stages of the third quarter. It's used to create mismatches and it does work at times and prevents the defense from making subs.
5. Can Jesse Holley get more snaps? It seems all he does is make first-down receptions and touchdowns. Holley made an 18-yard reception on a second-and-10.
6. Cowboys used an audible on a second-and-short at the Arizona 28. Romo got the play off with one second on the play clock and handed it off to Felix Jones, who gained 11 yards. Jones did a nice job of reading the blocks on the left side of the line. It was the best run of the day.
7. Dan Bailey has a new streak. He made a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds to play in the quarter to push the Cowboys' lead to 13-6. It's the second consecutive made field goal for Bailey. It ended a strong drive of 13 plays and 65 yards that lasted 7:44.
8. Special teams ace Danny McCray left the game with 28 seconds left in the quarter with a leg injury. He was nicked up on a kickoff return. McCray came into the game with a team-leading 15 special teams tackles.
9. DeMarcus Ware left at the end of the quarter favoring his left arm.
10. Sean Lissemore is playing well in the absence of Josh Brent at nose tackle.