Cowboys - Vikings Report Card

Something must be done about Eddie George. He didn't get many chances, rushing eight times for 28 yards, but he continues to look old and slow when he does get the ball.

PASSING OFFENSE
B+ -- What else needs to be said? Vinny Testaverde showed that he can still throw the ball with 355 yards passing and Keyshawn Johnson certainly looks like a capable go-to receiver with nine catches for 111 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE
D- -- Something must be done about Eddie George. He didn't get many chances, rushing eight times for 28 yards, but he continues to look old and slow when he does get the ball. Second round draft pick Julius Jones didn't play. The Cowboys might have found an option with ReShard Lee, who rushed five times for 35 yards.

PASS DEFENSE
F -- The Cowboys knew they would be challenged to stop the Vikings with this rag tag secondary. But no one expected it to be that bad and that easy. Cornerback Pete Hunter was bad as expected but so was Terence Newman on the other side. Newman, supposedly the team's best cornerback did not have a pass deflection. The secondary was not helped by the fact that the Cowboys were unable to mount a pass rush.

RUSH DEFENSE
F -- The Cowboys spent much of the day worried about Randy Moss and the Vikings' passing game. They played two deep coverage in the secondary, forcing them to attempt to stop the run with just seven. They couldn't do that either. The Vikings gained 136 yards on the ground, including 76 by Onterrio Smith. Moe Williams gained 27 and quarterback Daunte Culpepper had 25 on six scrambles.

SPECIAL TEAMS
D -- The Cowboys might have found a kickoff returner in Reshard Lee. His 62-yard burst in the third quarter gave the offense a spark. This game, however, will be remembered for punter Matt McBriar's Garo Yepremian-like blunder on a field goal attempt. Suffice it say, he is no longer the holder on field goals. Backup quarterback Tony Romo will have that job.

COACHING
F -- This was simply a bad matchup for the Cowboys. It has been since Randy Moss arrived in Minnesota in 1998. They have now lost five straight to the Vikings. A blowout loss, however, is still an ugly, embarrassing and unforgivable way to open the season. The Cowboys did everything they could to try to stop Randy Moss and they didn't offensively. Offensively, Parcells has to regret not using running back ReShard Lee more in the second half. He gave the Cowboys their only spark in the third quarter but did not return to the game because Parcells went with Richie Anderson in the nickel offense.

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