The start of the season did not go as planned for the Dallas Cowboys.
They played, and lost to, a team in the San Francisco 49ers that has been to at least the NFC Championship game in each of the past three years.
Dallas have also dealing with the loss of star defensive LB Sean Lee, while Pro Bowlers, Jason Hatcher and Demarcus Ware departed this offseason to add to their woes.
A 28-17 reverse was to be expected you may think. But I'm here to tell you why you shouldn't be absolutely down on the Boys yet.
The Cowboys looked very rusty in the first half, and more than anything Tony Romo wasn't very Romo like. Yes Romo is the most hated player in the NFL, and i'm sure all of his haters were well and out this Sunday, but there is a lot of promise that can be taken from this game.
The positives I see out of this game are as follows. The first half was a total self destruction, in fact if you look at the numbers the 49ers had four touchdowns in the game and three of those came off of turnovers by the Cowboys.
The turnover battle is something that comes and goes with games, but since this is the first game of the year, we need to give time for a rusty and injury repaired Romo to get in form, which shouldn't take long at all.
Another thing that was a very encouraging sign was the fact that the Dallas defense actually shut the 49ers out in the second half of the game, and that's mostly in part of the fact that the offense didn't turn the ball over and put the defense in a horrible postilion.
So even through all of this talk off a horrible defense we saw what they were able to do when given a good chance. Now don't get me wrong that defense still needs a lot of help, but it still did shut out a team in a whole half, and that's more than a lot of teams could ask for.
The last positive I really saw was that the Cowboys Offensive line showed that they could control the trenches. In most part the Cowboys were moving great on offense, and showed they could get down the field. That offensive line was physical and were able to give Romo time in the pocket, and open up major running lanes for Murray and Dunbar.
The negatives I saw in this game were really things that I hope can change, one of which is the lack of a secondary.
No one in the defensive secondary can really zone in on the player they have to guard and stop them, it was kind of a free picking when it came too Kaepernick passing (the pass rush held up nicely). Hopefully as the season continues Dallas can become a better and more aware defensive secondary.
The other scary thing was Tony Romo's decision making. Usually when I see Romo play if he gets intercepted it's because the defense made a play, or because he had a miscue with one of his wide receivers, but Sunday it was totally different. Romo threw into triple and double coverage and threw the ball to guys who just weren't open.
All in all I believe the Cowboys are gonna have a season with it's ups and downs but in the NFC East you can never count out any team, and I'm hopeful to see another frustratingly fun season from the Cowboys.