3 former Cowboys who faltered in Week 1 (and 1 who shined)

There were mixed results around the NFL in Week 1 for some former Cowboys.

Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15)
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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Waiting for Sunday Night Football is typically agonizing, but the first week of a new season is an exception. Dallas Cowboys fans got to kick their feet up and enjoy seven hours of football before Mike McCarthy's group mauled the Giants.

The 40-0 drubbing was the biggest shutout victory in Cowboys history and their most lopsided victory over the Giants since they won 52-7 way back in 1966, just six years after the team's inception in 1960.

While the quality of football in Week 1 left something to be desired, former Cowboys like Ezekiel Elliott took the field for their new teams.

With that in mind let's go around the NFL and underline some former Cowboys who didn't meet expectations in Week 1 and one who was up to the challenge.

Former Cowboy who struggled: Brett Maher

Maher deserves credit for overcoming a dreadful start to his Rams tenure, as he missed his first two field goals. His first kick was blocked, which admittedly was the fault of the Rams' offensive line and he missed wide right on a 56-yard attempt.

Cowboys fans following along wondered what that would do to Maher's confidence after he experienced an all-time bad case of the yips in the 2022 playoffs. Impressively, Maher made his final three kicks, including a 54-yarder.

It's worth noting, though, that his final two makes came in the final five minutes of the final quarter with the Rams up multiple touchdowns. The game was already decided, so Maher wasn't under much pressure on these kicks.

Credit to Maher for coming through, but it'll be interesting to see how the veteran performs from here on out with two misses on his Rams resume after one game. At the end of the day, 3-of-5 equates to a 60% conversion rate.