Cowboys vs. Giants 2012: Biggest Surprises of Season Opener

Zachary Arthur@Zach_ArthurSLCCorrespondent IISeptember 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball after a catch against free safety Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys are off and running after the NFL's season opener against the New York Giants.

One of the best parts about season openers is that everyone gets a feel for where certain players are at and if they are going to have a good year.

Could he end up being an MVP candidate? How many wins is that guy going to cost his team? Why in the world did I draft him to my fantasy team?

Now those are only a few of the questions that people think about, but the great part is that the questions are almost endless.

If you watched Wednesday night's game, then you certainly saw some players that shocked you with how they performed. 

Here are a few of the biggest surprises.


Kevin Ogletree

There was no way to start with anybody else.

Kevin Ogletree nearly matched his numbers from the entire 2011 season in this one game by racking up 114 yards on eight receptions. That's right, two of those catches were also for touchdowns—the first two of his career.

The consensus among Cowboy fans is that Dez Bryant is the most talented receiver on the team. While true, he has yet to produce at a high level for the majority of his career.

Bryant's talent level is one of the reasons as to why Ogletree shocked most people with his performance against the Giants. Bryant was expected to have the breakout game, not Ogletree.

Expect the Seattle Seahawks, next week's opponent, to gameplan for Ogletree so he probably won't have as big of a week. Still, he had the game of his career against the Giants and it was pretty impressive to watch.


Tony Romo

After a perfect throw to New York's Michael Boley, it seemed as though Tony Romo might fall back into the same inconsistent play that has plagued his career.

Instead, he delivered three touchdowns in three quarters and was instrumental to the Cowboys victory.

He had three games last year with a quarterback rating higher than Wednesday night's 129.5. He didn't have a higher rating until Week 9 last year, so it's good to see Romo come out of the gate with this kind of performance.

There are still 15 games ahead of the Cowboys, so it's too soon to say that there has been an evolution in his game, but it won't be if he continues to play like he did against the Giants.


The Entire New York Giants Defense

This can't be the same defense that dominated their way into a Super Bowl victory last year.

With the majority of last year's defense intact, the Giants came out of the season opener as the biggest surprise of the game.

They gave up 433 total yards—290 passing and 143 rushing—and didn’t look like they had any kind of control after Romo’s first touchdown throw.

Jason Pierre-Paul made Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith look silly on one play early in the game, but didn't do much after that. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora were almost non-existent for the duration of the game, and the Giants defense ended up only getting two sacks as a result.

This loss has to be put on the defense. They're going to have to correct a lot of their issues for this coming season or else it's going to feel like it's a lot longer than 17 weeks.