Cowboys: What we learned

WHAT ARE WE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS PRESEASON-OPENING
17-9 LOSS?

THE POSITIVES…….

WITH BYRON JONES SIDELINED RECOVERING FROM OFF-SEASON HIP
SURGERY…. CORNERBACKS CHIDOBE AWUZIE AND ANTHONY BROWN LOOKED UP TO THE TASK
MAKING PLAYS EARLY…..THE COWBOYS ONLY ALLOWED 25 YARDS ON THE NINERS FIRST
TWO DRIVES. 

OFFENSIVELY…….FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2017 TRAVIS FREDERICK
DELIVERED SNAPS TO DAK PRESCOTT……FREDERICK’S RETURN FROM AN AUTO-IMMUNE
DISORDER WHICH HAS NO CURE INSTANTLY IMPROVES THE COWBOYS OFFENSIVE LINE. 

AND THE THIRD POSITIVE IS BLAKE JARWIN. 

THE TIGHT END HAD FOUR CATCHES FOR 51 YARDS….INCLUDING A 33-YARD
RECEPTION ON THE COWBOYS SECOND DRIVE….AND HE HAULED IN A 9-YARD PASS WHICH
CONVERTED A 3RD DOWN ON THE COWBOYS THIRD SCORING DRIVE     

THE NEGATIVES………

A YEAR AFTER FINISHING 26TH OUT OF 32 TEAMS WHEN IT COMES TO
TURNING RED ZONE APPEARANCES INTO TOUCHDOWNS

THE RED ZONE STRUGGLES CONTINUE…..0-FOR-4……SETTLING FOR
THREE FIELD GOALS. 

YES, IT’S THE PRESEASON…BUT WOULDN’T YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE
SEEING IMPROVEMENT BEFORE WEEK ONE?

THE COWBOYS CONVERTED 41% OF THEIR FIRST DOWNS LAST
SEASON……JUST 26% AGAINST THE NINERS. EVEN IF YOU ARE PLAYING WITH SECOND
AND THIRD TEAMERS – NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR KELLEN MOORE IS EXPECTED TO PUT
HIS PLAYERS IN BETTER POSITION TO SUCCEED. 

AND FINALLY, KICKER BRETT MAHER. HE CONNECTED ON THREE OF FOUR
FIELD GOALS. 75% DOESN’T CUT IT IN THE NFL. AFTER STRUGGLING AT THE END OF LAST
SEASON AND IN SUMMER CAMP…THE COWBOYS MAY SOON BE FORCED TO SAY ALOHA. 

FOR THE SILVER STAR NATION…..I’M TOBIN MCDUFF