Sunday, September 20, 2009
Cowboys lean on all three RBs early
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the Cowboys' first scoring drive of the evening, all three running backs played a major role. Actually, Felix Jones got things started with his 38-yard kickoff return. Marion Barber did most of the damage, including the short touchdown run. But it was Tashard Choice who had a powerful run on third-and-3 when the ball was close to midfield.
I talked to running backs coach Skip Peete about how he was going to use the three players during training camp. He wasn't too concerned because he was coaching with the Raiders when they had three pretty solid backs in Tyrone Wheatley, Charlie Garner (and I believe Napoleon Kaufman, but that's off the top of my head).
On the touchdown run, right guard Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo put a combo block on Fred Robbins to drive him off the ball. Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage during that drive. And the Giants did not get any pressure on Tony Romo. Dallas has to feel really good about how this game's going right now.
DeMarcus Ware is giving Giants right tackle Kareem McKenzie a lot of trouble off the edge. My favorite moment in the new stadium so far: Referee Mike Carey forgot to turn off his mic after the coin toss and you could hear him for the next five minutes trying to find the coin. Really got the evening off to a nice start.