The Dallas Cowboys went on the road and did exactly what they needed to do. They manhandled an inferior team, the Arizona Cardinals, and won the game 27-10. Tony Romo continues to play very well and his presence gives the Cowboys hope in making a playoff push over the last half of the season. He spread the ball around to different receivers and hit Patrick Crayton and Terrell Owens for TD's. Romo had his best day as a starter, going 20 for 29 for 308 yards and 2 TD's. More importantly, he continues to avoid interceptions and uses his mobility to buy time in the pocket.
The Cowboys never got the run game untracked, but looked like they planned to use the pass to win the game from the start. Julius Jones had 45 yards rushing and Marion Barber led the team with 65 yards. Patrick Crayton is emerging as a force with Romo as the QB, he caught 5 passes for 104 yards and a TD. Terrell Owens dropped a few passes early, but came on as the game progressed and caught a 51-yard TD. Sam Hurd did an excellent job filling in for Terry Glenn and looks to have a bright future. Jason Witten is an integral part of the offense again with Romo at the helm.
The Cowboys defense was stifling, limiting the Cardinals to a FG when the game was in doubt, and a mop-up TD by Matt Leinart. They got three turnovers on 2 interceptions (Ayodele, Watkins) and also got a late fumble. Arizona only managed 86 yards net rushing and was held under 300 yards for the game.
The big downer of the game is the injury to Greg Ellis. The reports are that he tore his left Achilles tendon, that usually means a player is done for the year. Dallas was already working with a less than stellar pass rush; this puts them further in a hole. Kevin Burnett, Bobby Carpenter or Al Singleton will have to pick it up in Ellis' absence.
Overall, a solid effort from the Cowboys in a game they had to win. They still need to work on the penalties and will have to find a way to minimize the absence of Greg Ellis. Otherwise, they played a good football game. By the way, Bill Parcells going for it on 4th down twice at the end of the game was the right call. With a game in hand, there's no need to risk a FG and have something bad happen.