Sunday, September 7, 2008
Cowboys look superb
WOW! I can NOT believe that we are actually here! The start of the new season. After eight agonizing months since that shocking early exit from last season's playoffs, the Cowboys defeated the Browns in Cleveland this afternoon, 28-10, and it wasn't THAT close even. The Cowboys rung up nearly 500 yards and Cleveland barely mustered 200. Romo was 24-32 for 320 yards a TD and one INT(in the Browns end zone when the Cowboys, up 28-7, had a first and goal at the 5 and he underthrew T.O.) The TD was a 35 yarder to Owens early in the second quarter that would break a brief 7-7 tie. The Cowboys got three rushing touchdowns, two from Marion Barber and the other from Felix Jones, a rookie out of Arkansas, who has replaced the now departed Julius Jones. The game ended with the Cowboys taking a knee inside the Red Zone but ofcourse they didn't lord it over on the Browns. 28-10 was enough of a statement. So the Cowboys look ahead now, to next Monday night against division rival Philadelphia. They definitely won't be looking past the Eagles, who suprised everyone today by hammering the Rams 38-3. Are the Eagles that good or are the Rams that bad? I do think that the Eagles have improved somewhat and are still dangerous, and that Dallas had better be ready for them. But I also believe that the Rams are indeed HORRIBLE. They look 0-16 bad. But bizarre stuff happened around the league today. Now tomorrow night, Green Bay entertains the Vikings and the Broncos and Raiders square off. So another Monday Night opener double header on tap. But today, first of all, Favre won in his debut for the Jets. He actually looked spectacular on his two touchdown throws. They held off Miami 20-14 down in South Florida. One shocker was Indy losing to the Bears tonight in their new stadium. The Colts were pathetic. Peyton Manning looked as though he was shaking off mothballs all night. He was rusty definitely. The Colts are one of those teams that can look well oiled, and unstoppable when they're on and then they have a tendency like tonight to not even be able to get out of their own way. That was how they played in losing to San Diego in the playoffs last season. Fortunately for the Colts, their biggest division challenger Jacksonville lost to the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks, one of the NFC's better teams these last five years, got destroyed at Buffalo. The San Diego Chargers choked at home today, losing on the final play to the mediocre Carolina Panthers, who were without their suspended star receiver Steve Smith. Will the Chargers bounce back from this and make another Super Bowl stab? Or will they get off to one of those snakebit 1-3 kind of starts and hear rumblings about coach Norv Turner being on his way out? I mean they could NOT afford to lose to that team at home, not if they're thinking Super Bowl. Ditto the Colts. And the biggest news today came in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where the Patriots struggled past the lowly Kansas City Chiefs 17-10, and lost Tom Brady for perhaps the season-SHOCKING NEWS. So based on any of the teams (Chargers, Colts, Patriots) that might have been ranked higher than Dallas on the Power Rankings heading into today, they will definitely not be ranked ahead of them now. So if for no other reason, that's why the Cowboys would be ranked number one in my unbiased poll and probably will be ranked at the top now in the ESPN Power Rankings. Let's get ready for the Eagles.