Ogletree Shines in the Cowboys 24-17 Victory Over the Giants
MetLife Stadium, aka, the big insurance policy, has been a house of horrors for the Dallas Cowboys since it opened in 2010. In two short seasons, Dallas was a lousy 0-3 at MetLife. (two losses to the Giants and a 9/11 loss to the Jets in 2011)
All that changed in tonight’s season opener. Both teams showed a ton of rust and trepidation in the beginning, but a ten yard pass from Tony Romo to Kevin Ogletree late in the first half gave Dallas a 7-3 lead they would not relinquish.
It only took four seasons, but Kevin Ogletree finally showed the ability that his teammates have been raving about forever. He caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
It has always been a numbers game for Ogletree. In Ogletree’s rookie season of 2009, Miles Austin was the breakout star. Rookie Dez Bryant wowed fans in 2010, and 2011 was the year of Laurent Robinson. Plus, Roy Williams, and his massive contract was always lurking. With so much attention placed on Austin, Bryant, and Jason Witten when he rounds back into form, Ogletree is primed to break out in 2012.
The Cowboys secondary also showed the improvement one would expect of a team that paid a pretty penny for Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne. Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense had their moments, but the secondary was much more rock solid than they were at any point in 2011.
The 2011 Cowboys had a hard time finishing. That may have been a function of the porous secondary, but Dallas eliminated all doubt when Romo hit Ogletree to convert a key third down right before the two minute warning.
It’s only one of sixteen games, and the Cowboys haven’t won anything yet. However, they made a statement by beating the defending Super Bowl champions in their house!