There were some marvellous and not-so-marvellous performances after one game of Cowboys football.
Luckily, Blogging The Boys was there to let us know whose stock has risen and whose has dropped in Cowboys land. Here's what the SB Nation affiliate had to write:
"In order for this defense to take the next step, someone has to emerge and get to the quarterback. Lawrence looked unbeatable against the outmatched Giants’ offensive line. It started with a sack before they could even get the Giants’ offense announced on Sunday Night Football."
"Lawrence had two sacks on the night but he was a load to deal with all night long. He had five tackles, two of them for loss."
"Everyone from the coaching staff to Bryan Broaddus were thinking that Smith would split time with
"Smith played 36 of 56 defensive snaps, Durant played in only two snaps. When Jaylon Smith was on the field, his presence was felt. He’s just that “dude” that makes the opponent feel his power. If he hits you, you’re going to feel that the next day. Much like, without the off-the-field headaches."
"This is shaping up to be a quality offseason signing. Paea has brought some power in the middle. He andare going to make a nice pair and have you seen offensive line play around the NFL? It’s not just the Giants who struggle."
"Paea was bludgeoning the Giants up the middle, allowing his edge rushers to clean up. Stephen Paea is a natural fit in this scheme and having him back with his favorite defensive coordinator is a match made in heaven. He’s a huge signing for the Cowboys and you can expect him to continue to be an unsung hero on Sundays."
"You can’t go after Bryant too hard for this game as he did have a really nice 35-yard catch and run. However, he gets to jawing with Janoris Jenkins, when Dez needs to get separation and make a play. The Giants put a lot of attention his way but he needs to quit hand-fighting and dominate his opponent."
"This is how these things go sometimes because Dez will have a game where he’s not a huge factor then come back and play well. Also, Dez didn’t get much help when the offensive coordinator was forcing passes to him in the red zone. Also, Dez did this too:"
"We’re not going to spend much time on this but Alfred Morris isn’t the guy for spot-duty backing up Ezekiel Elliott. He may be the guy to take the reins for Elliott if he were out for considerable time. However, as a backup, coming in for a play or two, he was dreadful."
"Alfred Morris had four runs for 1 yard. He never got going, he couldn’t get to the hole or make anything happen. Darren McFadden was left inactive but after one week, that should change. At least with McFadden, you know he can pass-block and catch out of the backfield. Morris is great when he’s told he’s getting 20+ carries but for some unknown reason, he looks disinterested when he’s asked to be the backup."
"Again, it’s really hard to harp on a guy when he gets the win against a tough opponent. Dak Prescott finished up a decent game going 24 of 39, 268 passing yards, 61.5% completions, one touchdown, and a 90.5 passer rating. That’s a far cry from his last two performances against this team. The issue though was that he was still a bit off, we showed that deep ball where he missed the read. All quarterbacks are going to have struggles with the Giants’ secondary."
"He didn’t have his best performance but he got better as the game wore on, something we saw from him last season. As much as the Eagles want it to be true, Prescott is not overrated. Now that Prescott got his first ‘W’ over the Giants, expect him to gain even more confidence. This week, against a tough Broncos’ defense, he’ll need to elevate his game to beat a phenomenal secondary."
Some nice analysis from Blogging the Boys here.