GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After one quarter here at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cowboys trail 3-0. A long field goal miss and a decision not to attempt another are some of the highlights of this quarter.
Here are some thoughts:
1. Tony Romo was long on two deep balls in the early going. He overthrew Dez Bryant on a second-and-5 and on the next play missed Kevin Ogletree along the Cowboys' sideline. Ogletree ran out of bounds as he darted down the sideline.
2. Jay Ratliff was very active on the first defensive series and had a good tackle for loss on Beanie Wells. He also had the first sack of the game, beating a block from the running back to bring down Kevin Kolb for a 1-yard loss on the Cowboys' second defensive series.
3. Jason Witten had the presence of mind to point to the play clock winding down as he ran across the line of scrimmage on the Cowboys' second offensive possession. The Cowboys were faced with a fourth-and-1 and called a timeout prior to Romo's incomplete pass to Bryant.
5. Dan Bailey's streak of 26 consecutive made field goals ended when he was wide left on a 53-yarder with 7:16 to play. In pregame warmups, Bailey nailed a 56-yard field goal. It was an interesting decision by Jason Garrett. He had a fourth-and-1 from the Arizona 36 and instead of running an offensive play, he elected to attempt a field goal.
7. Cowboys had a chance to attempt a 52-yard field goal with about two minutes left in the quarter and elected to punt. Mat McBriar booted it 27 yards, and Alex Albright did a nice job of downing the punt at the Arizona 10.
8. Felix Jones' 69-yard kick return was the longest of the season for the Cowboys. Sean Lissemore had the previous longest return, a 38-yarder when he took a short kick down the field. When you see Jones making people miss, which he did on this return, it makes the Cowboys look smart by using him in this manner.
10. Abram Elam started at strong safety for the Cowboys. He didn't miss any practice time due to the death of his father, who passed away on Thursday.