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9/10/07-Tyler

Monday CORNERbacking: Analyst Breaks Down Cowboys Opener

Sunday night the Cowboys opened the season with a 45-35 victory over the New York Giants.

Plenty of offense in that game, but where was the defense Wade Phillips is famous for?
Former Chicago Bears' cornerback and KLTV 7 NFL analyst Lemuel Stinson broke down the Cowboys season opener by answering that very question.

"They're just a little bit more aggressive," Lemuel said. "They wanted to be aggressive and probably tried to do too much at once. Then they had some guys out like the Defensive end Ellis and Newman was out. So, that hurt them a little bit."

The Cowboys gave up 438 yards. With so many veterans out, Anthony Spencer and Jacques Reeves were forced to step up.

"It's a coach's nightmare because I was a rookie once staring in the place of a guy that got injured against the Rams," Lemuel said, "and when you come in, the coach tries to cover for you, letting you know, I'm watching out for you, but you've still got to play the game."

Stinson said one year ago, the Cowboys would never have played such a marathon game.

"If I was grading the offense I would give them about a B-. Some of the protection, Romo had to go outside the pocket. But, if it was the tight end (Jason Witten), I would give him an A. He played a great game, he reminded me of Novacek."

Next week, the 'boys pack their bags for South Beach to play the Miami Dolphins.

"Ah that's a victory," Lemuel predicted. "I think they will win it."

Yes it's early, but technically Dallas does lead the division.

"If the playoffs were today, the Cowboys would be in," Lemuel laughed. 
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