First Quarter Recap

The Cowboys started out with the ball and faced three Marion Barber runs in a row on his way to a first down.  Then, solid pressure on Romo resulted in a punt which Camarillo never had a chance to return.

On the Vikings first possession, the pass actually seemed to be in synch with Favre spreading the ball around a bit, finding both Randy Moss and Percy Harvin.  A botched handoff resulted in a fumble credited to Brett Favre, but was clearly a concentration issue from Adrian Peterson.   The ball was turned over.

After showing some trouble stopping screen passes and quarterback runs, the Cowboys were able to take advantage of good field position and move the ball into the red zone.  Antoine Winfield’s consistent tackling in the open field wasn’t enough to keep the Cowboys out of the endzone.  Romo tossed a pass, which was tipped by Kevin Williams, into the hands of Roy Williams who brought it in for a touchdown.  Once again, the points followed an offensive miscue and turnover, which has been a trend this season.

In Cowboy-like fashion, the Cowboys were penalized for excessive celebration following the touchdown pass.  The Cowboys opted to kick it out of bounds instead of kicking it short to the dangerous Percy Harvin giving the Vikings great field position.

Following another failed run, a quick toss to Kleinsasser, and blitz puts Favre on his back, the Vikings went three and out.  Albert Young, who was activated to provide Favre with better pass protection, missed the key blocking assignment that gave up the sack.

Backed up against their own endzone, the Cowboys faced third and three, when Jared Allen went inexplicably unblocked.  Romo’s rushed pass hit a defensive lineman and popped into the air.  EJ Henderson was there to pick it off, giving the offense the ball inside their own 20.

Loadholt was called for a false start on first down, backing them up to first and 15.  Peterson then carried the ball for no gain.  A short pass to Percy Harvin set the Vikings up with a manageable third down.  The pass from Favre to Camarillo was perfectly thrown into sure hands, and all Camarillo had to do was lean forward for the touchdown, which brought the first quarter to a close.

So far, the offensive line looks like the weakest link on this team, both in the run and pass game.  Jon Cooper looks outmatched by Jay Ratliff.  While Favre’s arm appears to be feeling better, his lack of mobility makes him a sitting duck behind the leaky offensive line.

On defense the Vikings again look solid.  If the offense can keep giving the Cowboys a long field, then this defense appear to be able to hold them pretty tight.

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2 Responses to “First Quarter Recap”

  1. Brett says:

    O-Line looks BAD.

    P.S. why is Miles Austin single covered by Asher Allen?

  2. Ole says:

    Dugan has been lights out, or is is passed out

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