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September 13, 2012

Cowboys expect to clean up false starts, though CenturyLink leads league in drawing opponent false starts

The Cowboys had five false starts against the Giants in the season opener. Left tackle Tyron Smith had three of the five. Some of it was blamed on the timing of having a new center, Ryan Cook. Cook arrived at Valley Ranch only five days before the opening game and had only 10 snaps in practice with the first team. But he was forced into action after only three plays when starting center Phil Costa tweaked his back.

"It should help just having the experience of him snapping the ball to our quarterback and the timing of that," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "A few of them were simply timing issues where the other offensive linemen were anticipating that ball coming up a little bit quicker. They got a quick jump on it. Hopefully, over the practices that we’ve had and will continue to have this week, we’ll get better and better at figuring out what that timing is and all come off the ball at the same time."

But CenturyLink Field is a tough place to play, maybe the toughest in the NFL. It has had the most opponent false starts since 2005 with 111, an average of 1.98 per game.  

"The fans just have a real competitive sense about them," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Whether it was the outdoor stadium at UW or here at our place or in the old Kingdome here, this place has always rocked. It’s just sort of built into the fabric of the community that they really support their teams. The Sounders, the soccer team here, it has an extraordinary following as well. I just think the people love sports, and they love to get out and get after it. They’re very much uninhibited on game day, whatever sport they’re supporting and we’re lucky to have them."

Opponent False Start Penalties at Home (2005-current)
1. Seattle Seahawks/56/111/1.98
2. Arizona Cardinals/57/108/1.89
3. Minnesota Vikings/57/108/1.89
4. Detroit Lions/57/100/1.75

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean


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