Well, the Dallas Cowboys first preseason game is in the books. It wasn’t a pretty one on any account, but it did give some insight into this Cowboys football team.
We didn’t see some of the starters but that was to be expected, and it was nice to see the players looking to make a name for themselves in the league and make this roster. There were good performances and bad ones, but what did we learn? Let’s find out.
4 things we learned from the Dallas Cowboys’ first preseason game
1. Rushing Offense Importance Became A Major Factor
This offseason, the Cowboys front office wanted to get tougher on both sides of the football. In order to do that, they’d need a line and backs who could help with running the ball effectively. That was on full display in this game as the Cowboys’ play calling put a major focus on run blocking and evaluating their running backs that are battling for that third spot on the team.
When the season begins, we should expect this offense to start getting back to their ground and pound philosophy.
Each of the running backs was effective when they got their chances and it was a promising sign that the offensive line (especially on the left side) was opening holes for their backs. If this team really wants to help Dak Prescott and this passing game, they will need to hit the ground running with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard and keep it going.