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Cowboys victorious over Cardinals in Hall of Fame game

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 9, 2017

Special to The Monitor
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-18 on Aug. 3 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio in front of 21,216 fans.
This game is usually considered a warm up to the NFL Hall of Fame induction weekend. Nonetheless, this was the opening game of the NFL’s preseason.
The Cardinals took an early 15-0 lead due to a strong performance by quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The former first-round pick was 11-14 for 185 yards with a two-point conversion.
Cowboys’ quarterback Kellen Moore had a strong outing as well going 12-17 with 182 yards and a touchdown pass thrown to promising backup tight end Rico Geathers. Brice Butler had some great grabs as receiver and co-backup quarterback Cooper Rush played well, looking a bit like a young Tony Romo with a touchdown pass of his own to Nwachukwu.
Running back Rod Smith had 18 carries for 64 yards, garnering some attention several times, including a great 4th down conversion. This gave fans a reason to talk about Smith, other than being the brother of linebacker Jaylon Smith.
The Cardinals still had an opportunity to win the game by having possession with a few seconds left, but time expired as they attempted to spike the ball to stop the clock for a field goal attempt.
The NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend always seems to be a fun time if you are a football fan, sometimes referred to as the “icing on the cake,” and the absolute pinnacle of pro football for any member. This year is a very notable class for local sports fans as Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones was inducted, along with Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Ladanian Tomlinson, Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner.
Like the late Chicago running back Walter Payton said long ago, “Seems like there is always a bet going on between its new members on who is going to shed a tear first,” during the induction speeches.
One of the funnier moments was when new member Jason Taylor spoke briefly about his “Dancing with the Stars” appearance, before speaking about his father for an emotional experience. Taylor was presented by former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson. It was a great day for wives as Jerry Jones was presented by wife Gene, as well as Kurt Warner by his wife.
Here’s an early welcome to the NFL season. Next up, Dallas plays the Los Angeles Rams at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. After four more preseason games, the home opener for the regular season is Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Giants in Arlington. Stick around it should be a fun ride this year!

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