Another week is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to step into the win column on the 2008 season. Once again luckily for Dallas this was another preseason game. Dallas lost to the Denver Broncos 20-13 Saturday night in their second preseason game of the year.
Although the Cowboys lost the game there were some bright spots in Saturday’s game. Mainly the emergence of Brad Johnson. Johnson is a former Super Bowl winning quarterback and he will be called on to back up Tony Romo this season. Saturday Johnson went 9-12 with 1 TD, not a bad days work. He took the majority of his snaps behind the starting O-Line and that gave him the time to make his reads down the field.
Another improvement the Cowboys saw was in their performance on special teams. After allowing a 34 yard return on the opening kickoff the Cowboys locked down in their coverage and were ale to minimize the damage the Broncos could do on special teams. The Cowboys were also able to deliever a blow of their own on special teams. Adam Jones began returning kicks and on his first attempt he scampered his way to a 24 yard return. There is not doubt his explosiveness will be something the Cowboys can rely on come the regular season.
Sadly, another trend that did show its face and that was stupid penalties. Adam Jones racked one up on after his big punt return. The Cowboys would record three penalties on their opening drive alone. Penalties staggered the Cowboys last season as they were near the top of the league in penalties last season. This is something that Wade Phillips and company cannot allow to continue going into next season.
Saturday’s game did not come without some incidents. The injury bug bit the Cowboys. Wide out Miles Austin, who is fighting to earn a prominent spot with Dallas injured his knee and will be out 4-6 weeks. Elsewhere, defensive end Chris Canty bruised his hip on the opening play, but looks to be okay. Backup fullback Ronnie Cruz dislocated his shoulder and special teams stud and linebacker Justin Rogers also injured his shoulder. There is no doubt that the worse part of the preseason is trying to get all your players into the regular season healthy and ready to go. The Dallas training staff will have its work cut out for them in the next couple days.