Newman Forced To Make Early Return Due To Henry Injury

newman-v-rams.jpgMost of the highlights about Sunday’s victory over the Rams will focus on the play of QB Tony Romo, and rightfully so.  But another aspect of the game that should be highlighted is the play of the defense, especially that of the secondary.  After losing CB Anthony Henry to a high ankle-sprain in the first quarter, Terence Newman was forced to play more than was originally planned and performed well. 

The Cowboys defense has shown steady improvement and kept the potentially high scoring Rams offense out of the endzone all day.  After Rams receiver Isaac Bruce had guaranteed his team would win, maybe there was a little extra motivation on the secondary, whatever the case, neither he nor WR Torry Holt did much damage to the Dallas defensive backs.  Of course the fact that the front four and LB’s DeMarcus Ware and Gregg Ellis kept an ailing Marc Bulger on the run all afternoon had a lot to do with their success against the pass as well.  Gregg Ellis recorded his first sack of the season in limited duty yesterday and Demarcus Ware increased his total to 3 for the season.  Marcus Spears got his first of the season giving the Cowboys three sacks on the day.

S Ken Hamlin got his second interception of the year in the third quarter.  He made it look almost too easy as he stepped directly in front of the Rams’ receiver in the back of the endzone stopping any possible thoughts of a comeback by St. Louis and driving Bulger out of the game. 

“I just try to get to the ball,” Hamlin said of the interception. “We have 11 guys on our defense who do the same.”

One area of the Cowboys that showed some signs of faltering yesterday is the special teams, specifically, the punt and kick return teams.  This is mainly due to the absence of anchor Keith Davis who has an injured shoulder and missed the game.  He has been a stalwart on the special teams for Dallas over several seasons and was duly missed as evidenced in the 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by St. Louis’ Dante Hall.   After containing the dangerous Devin Hester last week, perhaps they let down their guard a little on Sunday.

“I think we miss Keith Davis and I think Dante’s an amazing returner,” special teams coach Bruce Read stated. “We didn’t play our best maybe, coming off a big cover game last week.”

 Anthony Henry’s x-rays came back negative and hopefully, he will be back in action soon as will Keith Davis. 

Also of note about yesterday’s game, the Cowboys have not allowed an offensive touchdown in five quarters and have significantly lowered yardage allowed, giving up only a net of 187-yards to the Rams.  They also severely reduced the number of penalties per game, only getting flagged twice yesterday for 10-yards as opposed to 12 for 100+ yards against Chicago last week. 

The offense’s accumulation of 502-yards is the most since a ’99 overtime game in Washington and will most likely vaunt the Cowboy offense into first place in the NFL.  Wade Phillips became the first coach in team history to win his first four games and Tony Romo surpassed 4,000-yards passing.  WR Terrell Owens became the 13th-all time leading receiver in NFL history with 820 career receptions.


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