Add another to the loss column for the Dallas Cowboys. After a 28-14 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys saw their preseason record drop to 0-3. That moves their preseason losing streak to eight games.
Sounds bad doesn’t it? I’d like to take this moment to once again mention that these games are not about winning or losing. We all know that the Cowboys failed to win a preseason game last year and still managed their best regular season record since 2007.
The preseason is all about individual performances. It’s all about seeing what’s working and what needs to be worked on in practice. With that being said, Saturday night’s game at AT&T Stadium featured some positives and some things that require some attention.
- Tony Romo being Tony Romo. Not only did we get to watch Romo toss a pair of touchdown passes but we also got to see the signature Romo Spin. Most importantly there were no signs of back pain, an excellent sign moving forward.
- Randy Gregory continues to be a beast. While rookie pass rushers usually don’t put up gaudy sack totals it’s hard not to be impressed by what Gregory has accomplished thus far. A sack in every game is just the part that sounds nice. Once again number 94 jumped off the screen all game. This kid is going to be special.
- Since mini camp Cole Beasley has generated a ton of buzz and Dez Bryant is the motor that the entire offense runs through. So it’s easy to see how Terrance Williams can be, at times, the forgotten man in the Cowboys’ receiving unit. Against the Vikings Williams snagged a 60 yard touchdown pass and nearly came down with a tricky sideline grab.
- After getting gashed on the ground against the Chargers the Cowboys showed a much stronger effort on run defense. The Vikings could only muster 80 yards as a team with very little effectiveness against the Cowboys starters.
- Davon Coleman. With Dallas’ incredible depth along the defensive line Coleman kept his name in the mix with a dominant second half performance. All three of his tackles were for a loss as he showed excellent penetration and run stuffing ability.
- The backup quarterback spot continues to look troubling. With Brandon Weeden sitting out Dustin Vaughan had an opportunity to make a positive impression. A stat line of 5/13 and 38 yards could cost him his spot on the 53 man roster.
- Too many penalties. From drive killing holding penalties on offense to extending the Vikings drive on defense the Cowboys played undisciplined throughout the game.
- The running back position continues to appear unsettled. Last week Joseph Randle gained an edge in the running back battle. This week it was McFadden’s turn to shine. Both weeks there seemed to be a huge difference in offensive line play. Either way the running back battle continues for another week.
- Once again the Cowboys special teams gave fans reason to worry. Cordarrelle Patterson brought back a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown and Stefon Diggs also had a nice return. Still, until we see these issues in the regular season we should tap the brakes on the demise of the special teams.
While the team remains winless during the preseason there is certainly more positives than negatives. This game marked the first time the Cowboys offensive leader (Romo) and defensive leader (Lee) hit the field. Their presence was noticeable and welcomed.