It’s great to see NFL football back into everyone’s schedule.
The title reference concerning the twentieth ranked Dallas Cowboys and the first ranked New York Giants is a dig against a rash of preseason power rankings that are bandied about on every journalistic corner but I guess analysts have to start somewhere. To be fair I’ve seen the Cowboys ranked from tenth to twentieth and Giants ranked from first to sixth. The Cowboys are ranked fourteenth on the ESPN NFL Week One Power Rankings and that’s good enough for me. The Giants can be two or three or whatever they are. My point here is that it’s silly to make predictions when we have no facts or patterns to back up the rankings. The Cowboys won the season opener, by the way.
The 2012 NFL season started with a bang-almost like a mini-Super Bowl. The game was played on Wednesday to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention. Dallas came into MetLife Stadium and beat the Giants, 24-17. You can get a game recap here and here. Both teams were sloppy and ineffective in the first half but settled down in the second half. Replacement officials were a non-issue. Dallas earned a lot of yellow flags and the Giants are who I thought they were. The Cowboys played well, but I cringed through every Eli Manning pass–halfway expecting a defensive implosion. It never happened. The defense actually played well enough for a change to help win a game. Tony Romo got help from Demarco Murray, Kevin Ogletree, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and the entire team. Can’t list all the players. Sure, there were some bonehead plays, but not a bad game at all-since my Dallas Cowboys won! Giants fans may differ.
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Wisconsin native Tony Romo beats the New York Giants. It’s GREAT to see NFL football again. What do you think, are you ready to rumble?