Respect. That is what the Dallas Cowboys gained by defeating the Atlanta Falcons last night.
The game started off poorly, with the Falcons scoring a touchdown on their first drive that ate up more than half of the 1st quarter clock. At that point, and a few more poor offensive possessions from the Cowboys, it appeared as if the Cowboys were going to get beat bad. For the first time this season, the Falcons scored on their opening drive.
But once the second quarter hit, the Cowboys took control of the game and never let it go. Miles Austin once again scored and had an incredible night, with almost 200 yards receiving again. He has quickly become Tony Romo’s go-to guy.
As for Romo, he started slow but ended with a very accurate night of passing and three touchdowns. Romo was 21 for 29 for 311 yards, including two deep touchdowns to Austin. Patrick Crayton also caught a touchdown seconds before the half and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown. Crayton was benched this week to allow Austin his first start this year. The punishment, and change, turned out to be one of the best decision the coaching staff has made in three years.
It should be noted that although he rebounded well in the second half, Terence Newman did not play well last night. He easily allowed a touchdown in the first half. The Cowboys defensive front had its best game to date.