Once more, it feels disingenuous to get too excited. The Cowboys forcing 4 takeaways and nonetheless enable the opposition to attain 30-plus factors – to not point out win the sport – leaves loads of room for enchancment.
Hopefully, that may come shortly, given the quantity of youth on the sphere. It is to not say Micah Parsons had an terrible night time in his rookie debut, ending with seven tackles and a cross breakup, however even he acknowledged the eye-opening expertise of going towards somebody like Brady.
“I feel a few of the decision-making, how good he was at getting the ball off, seeing the coverages we had been in, I simply felt like you could possibly inform he is been within the league for 22 years, I will say that,” Parsons mentioned.
That is a part of it, too – the expectation degree. Going towards a residing legend at quarterback, with that arsenal of offensive weapons, it is simple to grasp that folks weren’t hoping for a lot.
However on the uncommon event the Buccaneers did attempt to run the ball, they averaged simply 3.7 yards per carry – a marked enchancment from final season. And whereas it might really feel hole, the Cowboys did power 4 punts to go along with their 4 takeaways.
Completely none of that is to say they’ve fastened their defensive woes. However in Dan Quinn’s first recreation on the job, the Cowboys had been going through one of many steepest challenges within the NFL this week. The truth that we’re even debating their grade afterward looks as if an indication of progress.