Dallas 20, Arizona 18: More Hall-of-Fame-Game Dominance

For the third time during the past eight years, the Cowboys played in the Hall of Fame Game. And what dominance the Cowboys have shown—undefeated in these games since 2010.

Of course, the real highlights from the game were few and far between. Three players worth noting:

(1) TE Rico Gathers showed that he has playmaking ability. He caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Moore in the second quarter to cut the Arizona lead to 15-7.

The play…

 

Rico Gathers caught three passes for 59 yards and this touchdown in the Cowboys’ 20-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals during the first preseason game of 2017.

(2) QB Moore: he threw a pick along with the touchdown to Gathers. He did not look bad, but he hardly gives anyone confidence as the primary backup.

(3) WR Brice Butler: he caught a 46-yard pass from Moore in the second quarter. It would nice if Butler could turn out to be a breakout performer this year.

We did not get to see Jaylon Smith, but his brother, Rod Smith was the primary ball-carrier, gaining 64 yards on 18 carries.

Otherwise, the defense gave up too many big plays, and the special teams had some bad penalties. Otherwise, it’s the first game of preseason, so what do we expect?

The Cowboys next face the L.A. Rams on August 12.

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Curious at all about the results of the first preseason games in recent memory? Well, here are the last ten:

2008: San Diego 31, Dallas 17
2009: Oakland 31, Dallas 10
2010: Dallas 16, Cincinnati 7 (Hall of Fame Game)
2011: Dallas 24, Denver 23
2012: Dallas 3, Oakland 0
2013: Dallas 24, Miami 20 (Hall of Fame Game)
2014: San Diego 27, Dallas 7
2015: San Diego 17, Dallas 7
2016: Los Angeles Rams 28, Dallas 24
2017: Dallas 20, Arizona 18 (Hall of Fame Game)