Dallas Cowboys Week One: Stud and Dud Performers
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Week one of the NFL is finally in the books, with the exception of the two Monday night games, and we have already had a plethora of interesting games. The most interesting perhaps came last night in prime time on NBC between the Cowboys and the Redskins. Trailing the 13-7 with three seconds left the Cowboys had the ball at the 14 yard line. Tony Romo took the snap, rolled out to the left, and found a wide open Roy Williams in the end zone. Touchdown, Cowboys win. Not so fast, a holding penalty was called on Offensive Tackle Alex Barron and the game was over and the Cowboys Lost. Let's look at some of the studs and duds from the Cowboys from last nights game.
Miles Austin (WR)- On September 9th, Miles Austin signed a very hefty 6-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, and some people complained that he did not deserve that kind of contract. On September 12th Miles Austin proved that he deserved every penny of that contract. Austin caught 10 passes, for a 146 yards, and a touchdown. Austin made some crucial first down receptions, made a critical catch on the final drive of the game. Most Importantly, Miles Austin looked, and played like a number one receiver, earning him stud status for this week.
Dez Bryant (WR)- The anticipation for Dez Bryant to get on the field and play a game was probably greater than the anticipation for the game itself. Dez Bryant showed us last night that it was worth the wait, catching 8 passes for 56 yards, showing countless times his size, athleticism, strength, and hands. Watching Bryant, reminded me a lot of watching Michael Irvin play. Bryant's talent, and production as well as his trust earned from the Quarterback get him his stud status this week.
Alex Barron (OT)- If you do not know why Alex Barron is on this list, then you probably do not watch football. There should probably be like a separate category for him, but the top of the dud list will have to do. It's not often that a Tackle can specifically cost a team the game. Thank you Alex Barron.
Roy Williams (WR)- Could this night have gotten any worse for Roy Williams? He did not have a particularly good game. On the last play of the game he catches a game winning touchdown, earning him redemption from Cowboy fans everywhere, but then it is called back because of a holding penalty. Now instead of being the hero, everyone remembers WIlliams' below average game. It is just a matter of time before the clearly more talented Dez Bryant, takes over the number two spot, and in Romo's mind, that has already happened.
That is it for this weeks edition of studs/duds from the Cowboys game. Tune in next week to see if the Cowboys can redeem themselves.
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