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Monday, August 12, 2013

Raiders 19, Cowboys 17: My Top 10 Whitty Observations

   10. Okay, maybe there is something to Monte Kiffin's "Tampa 2" defense forcing turnovers. After two exhibitions it's forced four. And Friday night they were both legit: A sack-and-strip by Sean Lee/Jason Hatcher and a pick in the end zone by rookie safety J.J. Wilcox.

   9. Under quarterback Tony Romo the offense didn't exactly look regular-season crisp on its first series: Incompletion. Penalty. Sack. Timeout. Field goal. Yuck. The offense committed 3 red-zone penalties in the first half.

   8. Cole Beasley has potential to be a serious option on offense, but not if he can't stay on the field. The latest injury is sprained foot ligaments suffered in the game. Not good. Of course it's better news than a year ago, when he briefly decided to quit football.

   7. I was shocked when Dan Bailey had his short field goal blocked, but totally cringed when he got blocked during the Raiders' return and landed awkwardly over a teammate. Bailey seems okay, which is a major relief. Of all the things the Cowboys do wrong, one thing they've got right is their kicker.

   6. Looks to me like the biggest football moment of Jared Green's life will remain being the son of Hall-of-Famer Darrell. The free-agent receiver had two costly 4th-quarter drops, including one right through his hands on 4th down as Dallas attempted to drive for a game-winning field goal. Anthony Armstrong is a much better receiver at this point.

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  1. How in the world does #5 have anything to do with Firday's night game?

    1. He's worried cause now he's got to figure out a new way to get his tampons into the stadjium. lulz