Dallas Cowboys' Offensive Line Key in Season-Opening 24-17 Win

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Dallas Cowboys' Offensive Line Key in Season-Opening 24-17 Win
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As the Dallas Cowboys went into their season opener against the New York Giants, you’d be forgiven if you assumed the team would have massive problems with its offensive line.

We had been warned about this extensively during the preseason with all the injuries, penalties and miscues. Going into the Meadowlands, these guys hadn't played a game together, and Doug Free and Tyron Smith have new positions. This was supposed to be a disaster in the making. 

It looked like all was really going to unravel when the Cowboys lost center Phil Costa during the first quarter and brought in the backup they just signed a few days ago: veteran Ryan Cook from the Miami Dolphins. But then, something funny happened: the offensive line held up, and held up pretty marvelously (though they still have to work on those penalties).

There was one sack on quarterback Tony Romo, although that could be more attributed to the fact that Jason Witten is still not fully healthy and able to make the blocks he normally can. Overall, Romo was given plenty of time to scramble and threw for over 300 yards. In particular he worked marvelously with third receiver Kevin Ogletree.

It was a stark contrast to the games the Cowboys played against the Giants for the past few years, when New York was able to sack Romo at will and even knocked him out with a fractured clavicle in October of 2010. You might even go as far as to say that on Wednesday the Cowboys' offensive line looked superior to the Giants'. Eli Manning was sacked three times and never really looked that comfortable. 

Though there are still some kinks to work out with the offensive line—nobody certainly looked bound for the Pro Bowl—fans have to heave a sigh of relief. If they maintain this level of solid blocking, Romo can continue to bolster his completion rating and perhaps this team could be bound for the playoffs. 

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