Despite having 6 first-half penalties totaling 63-yards, the Dallas Cowboys go into the half in Minnesota with a 14-7 lead over the Vikings.
Both Cowboys touchdowns have come on receptions by the often criticized Roy E. Williams. Williams is proving his worth and has really turned it on this season. It seems that drafting Dez Bryant has given Williams a new fire and he is now producing at a great rate. He has 5 touchdowns in four and a half games.
The Cowboys offense put together a 14 play drive that took over seven minutes off the clock at the end of the first half, which gave the Dallas defense a much needed rest.
Dallas’ defense has been putting the pressure on Brett Favre through the first two quarters resulting in three sacks. The Dallas D has also recovered a fumble. Unfortunately, Tony Romo also threw a pick.
This is the same old story for Dallas. Penalties have held the team back — even taking a Miles Austin touchdown off the board. Discipline continues to lack, but the team is overcoming the early adversity.
Perhaps the secret key to success in this game has been the Cowboys dedication to the run game. Jason Garrett has dialed up more running plays than pass plays in the first half; keeping the Minnesota pass rush off balance. This may be the first time you’ve heard me say it, but Garrett is calling an excellent game thus far.
Let’s hope the defense can keep up their play and the offense keeps putting up more points. Of course, that means buckling down and not giving the refs a reason to throw their laundry all over the field in the last thirty minutes.