NFL seeks to spread enthusiasm for sport
By Jack Grubner
The Dallas Cowboys (7-3) put together a total team effort as they dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) 31-17 in London this past weekend. As part of the NFL’s initiative to expand American football’s appeal overseas, the game took place at Wembley Stadium in the historic European city. It was a good weekend for the Cowboys, who looked like the team that we were used to seeing in the first seven games and less like the team we saw in the last two.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant bounced back from two subpar performances and dominated the Jaguars cornerbacks for the majority of the game. The Cowboys will need this kind of performance from Bryant in the games to come.
The Cowboys offense put on an impressive show against the Jaguars as well. With this week’s success, the Cowboys move to a 7-3 record and are back on the playoff road after two straight losses. They were also reassured by the return of their quarterback, Tony Romo, who suffered two fractures in his transverse process against the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. Romo showed few signs of discomfort as he completed 20 of 27 attempts, throwing for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
Romo was not the only one who contributed to the Cowboys success. The majority of Dallas’ offensive stars were able to shine on a night where the Jaguars’ secondary found their opponents too slippery and elusive. Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 100 yards. Bryant scored a 68-yard touchdown. And the Cowboys defense gave little away until the game was solidly completed. Now that the players are healthy, look for the offensive line to continue to win the line-of-scrimmage battles as it did the first seven weeks of the season.
The Cowboys defense also put together a stellar 60 minutes. The men stood strong and did not allow Blake Bortles or Denard Robinson to get anything going throughout the game. Line backer Anthony Hitchens played an incredible game and looks like he may be a steal for the Cowboys in the fourth round. Defensive tackle Henry Melton continued his amazing play, constantly providing interior pressure for the Cowboys. Melton has been one of the most active three-technique defensive tackles in the NFL during the last three games. The Cowboys now look forward to their bye week so they can rest and get ready for the next stretch.