Pretty uninspiring first quarter for Panthers, Cowboys

September, 28, 2009
9/28/09
9:26
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Both of these teams are supposed to be desperate for a win? It certainly doesn't look like it right now. The Cowboys have had some success with Felix Jones on the ground, but they keep mixing in the pass for no apparent reason. That has led to two sacks and a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage.

Tashard Choice hasn't been really decisive at the line of scrimmage. He's missing holes that are developing outside. And for all the folks who want Tony Romo to take off running, take a look at the play with 13:15 left in the second quarter. You don't want him taking off very often. He just doesn't do a great job protecting the ball. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the Panthers are biting on pretty much every play fake. Really nice play by Patrick Crayton to escape cornerback Richard Marshall and get some extra yards. The Panthers don't tackle very well because they're always going for the strip.

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