Some Cause for Excitement: Dallas 10, Seattle 6
Let’s not get carried away, but Dallas has done some things in the first half that it simply hasn’t in the past month:
— Generated a little bit of pressure. No, Hasselbeck hasn’t been sacked, but the defense has forced him to make passes.
— The secondary is making some plays, including an interception by Anthony Henry.
— Bobby Carpenter looks quite a bit like a first-round draft pick. He should have had an interception, but he’s been all over the field. He has three tackles thus far.
— The Dallas offense made a big drive at the end of the first half, unlike some previous games, when the opponent grabbed some momentum in the final seconds.
— The kicking game hasn’t been a factor, except that Martin Gramatica kicked the opening kickoff out of bounds. Gramatica made a 50-yarder, and Mat McBriar has been solid with a 45.7-yard average.
Tony Romo hasn’t been great, but he made the plays that he needed to play in the last drive of the half. He has completed 9 of 18 for 127 yards and a touchdown to Patrick Crayton. Jason Witten atoned for a first-half fumble by catching a huge 4th-and-2 pass for 32 yards to get the Cowboys into the red zone at the end of the first half.
Terrell Owens?… nice run on his lone catch. I will refrain from mentioning anything else.