In the NFL‘s season opener, it was the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. The highly overrated team that didn’t even make it into the playoffs, against the Super Bowl champs. It was a game that many had decided was over before it was begun. And luckily, that kind of underestimating makes for great upsets, and great football games!
Tony Romo, the Cowboy that takes the most heat whenever things go wrong for Dallas, threw for a total of 307 yards, and three of them were touchdown passes. DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards; but the biggest stars of the game were Kevin Ogletree and Jason Witten. Witten had two receptions for 10 yards, even more impressive considering that he had just come back from a lacerated spleen injury.
Kevin Ogletree though, was the shining star of the game and what really carried it through for Dallas. He finished with 114 yards on eight catches; and he scored two touchdowns. And Ogletree is coming off some very serious injuries himself, after being shot in the head outside of a rental car office. He’s been struggling to make a name for himself and last night, he certainly did that.
The Cowboys also showed that they’re here this year to make people stand up and take notice. Their defense was just as good as their offense, sacking Giants’ quarterback New York Giants Eli Manning three times and continuous pressures. Manning did manage to get a touchdown in the final minutes but at that point, it was too little too late and Dallas had the ball from there on in. When the final score showed 24-17, it was in Dallas’ favor.
What does the season opener spell for these two teams? Hard to say. Maybe the Giants were a bit over-confident going into it. Maybe the Cowboys had more to prove. Whatever is said about either team, an upset in the very first game bodes for an exciting season, indeed!