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09/05/2012

The high five: Hard not to be hopeful after Dallas Cowboys' opening win

G-spt-120905-kevin-ogletree-749p.nbcsports-story-612Always knew Kevin Ogletree had it in him. Just needed a chance. Jason Witten was always going to play. And Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the game. 

Nailed it. Every one.

That and other observations in the first of many editions of the Dallas Cowboys "high five" after their season-opening 24-17 win against the Giants in New Jersey on Wednesday night.

1. It would be hard to find a better game Tony Romo has played in his pro career. He bought time with his feet. He checked out of many plays and consistently made the right read. He went to the open receiver, even if he was Kevin Ogletree. Romo was good when the running game was not.

Romo finished 22 of 29 for 307 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

2. Kevin Ogletree. The "veteran" made like Laurent Robinson and fell from the sky with a game-high eight receptions for 114 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career. As long as he is a threat and not a liability, as was feared, the Cowboys are OK.

15gVeo.St.583. DeMarco Murray. The highlight was his second-half run where he bounced off a Giants defender and escaped another to break free for a 48-yard gain. He should have stayed down the sidelines and he would have had a bigger gain, but it's hard to complain about a thing this guy did. He finished with 131 yards on 20 carries.

3.5 Shy Anderson. This is a good dude, but he has become a national punchline after the NBC cameras caught him wiping Jerry Jones' eye glasses in the suite during the game. Anderson is Jerry's son in law.

4. Brandon Carr. The free agent signee from KC made a solid first impession. Both he and Morris Claiborne obviously give d-coordinator Rob Ryan the confidence to play a more aggressive style in the front seven.

4.5 Victor Cruz. The Giants wide receiver had a bad case of the drops.

5. Tyron Smith. It will get better, but his first game at left tackle was not what we call "pretty". Jason Pierre-Paul makes a lot of people look ugly.

Check back tomorrow on The Big Mac Blog for more interactive commentary and thoughts about the most valuable team in the NFL - your Dallas Cowboys.

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1. Tony Romo has had LOTS of great games in his career. Don't forget...the only BIG ONES are the ones he loses tho.

2. Ogletree will do just fine as Robinson's replacement. Saw it in the preseason...he attacked the football. All the guys we kept showed up and showed improvement.

3. Love Demarco but he missed a TD...not sure why he cut back inside when Dez had a clear path and sideline carved out for him.

3.5 OMG...I text my whole phone book this: LMAO...Jones got a guy who wipes his glasses for him!!!

4. Carr and Claiborne completely change the complexion of the Dallas D. They didn't win every battle but you could see the difference.

4.5 Very unlike Cruz...kid is dynamic and will be a wake-up call him no doubt.

5. He can overcome a hold and some jumpy feet against JPP...rather that than Romo in a body bag. The REASON...Tony Romo. Don't forget it.

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