The Cowboys’ top offseason emphasis was cutting down on penalties and other sloppy mental mistakes. But Saturday night in Denver, Dallas committed 17 accepted penalties for 172 yards, including 9-65 in the first half alone. Plus, first round draft pick Tyler Smith was twice called for holding. The Mike McCarthy death watch is underway.
The Texans’ running game was non-existent last season. So it was encouraging to watch rookie RB Dameon Pierce motor for 49 yards on just five carries in a 17-13 preseason win over the Saints. Pierce busted a 20-yarder to spark a Houston TD drive.
It could have been worse for the Jets. It could have been way worse. There’s a chance that quarterback Zach Wilson will be available for the regular season opener, despite the right knee injury he suffered Friday against the Eagles. Wilson has a bone bruise and a torn meniscus that will require arthroscopic surgery.
I had fun watching football Saturday. Random observations:
All three Steeler QBs (Trubisky, Rudolph and Pickett) looked very sharp. And there’s no question that Kenny Boy has some “it” factor going for him.
While Sam Darnold threw a nifty TD pass against the Commanders, Baker Mayfield will be the man in Carolina. He is locked in.
Mahomes is amazing. He played for one drive, completing six of seven attempts to six different receivers and a touchdown. Day over.
The playing surface at Soldier Field in Chicago was disgraceful. The NFLPA has every right and reason to be outraged.
Switching to baseball, Astros righthander Lance McCullers Jr. pitched six scoreless innings in Houston’s 8-0 shutout of the A’s. It was McCullers’ first major league start of the season after spending months rehabbing arm trouble. If he’s now sound, the Astros are even more imposing.
Twelve straight wins for the Dodgers. That is their longest streak since 1976.
One more thing before I bid you a happy Sunday. John Calipari is a jackass.