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Cowboys Pull Out Late Win In Minnsesota, 35-31.

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In the last pre-season game for both teams featuring either second or third string players on both sides, WR Jesse Holley from Michael Irvin’s reality series returned a punt 82-yards late in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys the 35-31 win.   The punt was actually just a pooch-kick after the Vikings had stalled inside the Dallas 40-yards line and the actual kick returner, Reid, let the ball go after it hit the turf, when Holley, who is running back towards his own goal, simply has the ball bounce up into his arms so he immediately turns and takes off down the field to the endzone.  It was much like a rugby play you might see on any playground, but it winds up as the game-winning play.

In the first half, Dallas committed three turnovers all of which resulted in Vikings’ touchdowns but did manage a good drive on their first possession resulting in a touchdown pass from Kitna to Kevin Ogletree, who made a terrific catch on a somewhat underthrown ball, giving Dallas an early 7-0 lead.  But the next series for the Cowboys would begin the turnover streak as Kitna fumbled yet another snap setting up the Vikings at Dallas’ 32-yard line leading to their first score off of a Dallas miscue.  The next two series would basically end that same way with Dallas turning the ball over and the Vikings capitalizing with TD’s to get to the halftime score of 21-7, Vikes.

But the third quarter would start out quite the opposite with two quick pick-6 turnovers by the Vikings’ QB Sage Rosenfels, the first to S Pat Watkins on their first play from scrimmage in the third quarter and the second by LB Steven Octavien on their next possession tying the game at 21-21 just minutes into the third period.  FB J. Crosslin playing RB in the second half, fumbled on the Cowboys’ next possession, and you guessed it, the Vikes make the most of it converting yet another touchdown for a 28-21 lead.  After going ahead 31-21 on a short FG by Ryan Longwell, the Vikings allowed new-hire QB Rob Carpenter to march the Cowboys on an impressive 77-yard drive capped by a 4-yard TD pass to back-up TE Scott Chandler to make the score 31-28, Vikes.  Of course you already know about the winning play by Holley.

This game was to be the last chance for several “bubble” players to make the team.  For some reason, S Pat Watkins was on the list as one of these, but I think he saved his position.  But several players did fail to take advantage of this last opportunity, and in my opinion, WR Isaiah Stanback is one of those.  Kevin Ogletree again outshined the three-year player with a good performance until getting his bell rang covering a punt.  I would also pick rookie WR Manuel Johnson over Stanback  as a future player.  Newly signed QB Rob Carpenter should make the team after his impressive game, but most likely will go to the practice squad. 

As for QB Jon Kitna, I know Dallas spent alot of money on him, but frankly, I’m not impressed.  He continues to fumble snaps, regardless of who’s at center, and turned the ball over twice tonight.  Granted he was playing with mostly back-up players, but that had nothing to do with his play.  I would seriously consider keeping Carpenter over him.  But that just won’t happen, so let’s just hope Romo stays healthy this season.

Once again, too many penalties (7-for-51-yards) and at key times.  However one of these was a very questionable pass interference call when Rosenfels had simply thrown the ball out of the back of the endzone completely uncatchable for anyone, yet the referees managed to call a penalty giving the Vikings a first-and-goal leading to their fourth touchdown and the 28-21 lead.  But sloppy play again by the second and third defenses leaves big questions as to the depth of the team and just about every position.  For a last audition, many players just fell flat on their attempts to make an impression and it was sheer luck and the bounce of the ball that gave the Cowboys the victory tonight.


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One Response to “Cowboys Pull Out Late Win In Minnsesota, 35-31.”

  1. Nate Acreman says:

    I couldn’t agree more about your comments on Jon Kitna, at this point I think David Carr would have been a better back up QB. However at least we know Kitna is just the back up QB, and not the old and washed up QB carousel we had back in the Parcells days.

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