Cowboys vs. Giants, Week 1: Film Study Observations
I’ve watched and re-watched the Cowboys’ 24-17 win over the Giants, and I’m thoroughly impressed. Outside of Tony Romo and Kevin Ogletree, the offense was pretty average last night. The defense, on the other hand, looked sensational from top to bottom. If the D we saw in Week 1 is any indication of what we’ll get down the road, you’re looking at a playoff team.
At NBC, I posted my initial reactions to the game and film study:
- A few months ago, I wrote about DeMarcus Ware’s chances of breaking the sack record. Yeah, that might really happen. The Giants motioned Martellus Bennett to Ware almost every play early in the contest. It didn’t matter.
- I was very impressed with both cornerbacks. The rookie Morris Claiborne held up very well against Hakeem Nicks, as I thought he might. Claiborne excels against larger receivers on whom he can get his hands. Meanwhile, Carr was sensational. The first quarter toss to Victor Cruz over Carr’s head wasn’t Carr’s fault—he was playing another receiver and came off of him when he saw Orlando Scandrick get beat. Other than that play, Scandrick had a nice game as well. Cruz helped the Cowboys with a few drops, but Scandrick stilled turned in his best-ever performance against the Giants.
At Dallas Morning News, I broke down two of Romo’s audibles.
The 40-Yard Strike to Kevin Ogletree
One a 2nd and 10 at the Giants’ 40-yard line, Garrett called for “21” personnel—two backs and a tight end. He split tight end Jason Witten into the slot, creating a formation called “3 Wide I.” Despite the somewhat pass-oriented look, the Cowboys have historically run from the “21” personnel grouping 89 percent of the time.
Prior to the snap, the Giants’ “Sam” backer showed blitz. Romo noticed it and issued a “Kill” call. The original play called in the huddle was likely a run, and Romo figured he had single coverage outside.
The Giants did indeed blitz, but the Cowboys picked it up. Right tackle Doug Free got beat inside just a bit by Osi Umenyiora, but Romo knew where he wanted to go with the football and scooted outside to his right.
Read the rest of the analysis here. I need to break down the film a bit more and spend a few hours tracking all of the plays in Excel. Wow, I just realized I have no life. Just kidding, I always knew it.
More to come at DallasCowboys.com.