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Blogging The Boys: Dallas Brings The D In 16-7 Exhibition Win Over Bengals

The Cowboy defense picked up where it left off in 2009, pushing around the Bengals en route to a physical 16-7 in the Hall of Fame Game. To Blogging The Boys, this game confirms some things they’ve known about the Cowboys so far this off-season. Some of which is good and some not-so-good.

The game confirmed much of what we and others have reported during the first two weeks of camp. The Cowboys possess a deep, talented defense and have strong skill position offensive players, but face a shortage of offensive line depth.

The Cowboys first offense got just one series and marched from its own 28 to the Cincinnati five in thirteen plays. The unit mixed plays from the base 21 set and the 11 package and saw Miles Austin get an early first down with a deep out on Bengals standout Leon Hall.

While the second team skill position guys made plays, the second team line showed by depth remains a big concern. The right side looked shaky and became even moreso when Robert Brewster moved to left tackle to spell Alex Barron, who left with an ankle sprain. Pat McQuistan and Sam Young struggled to protect Stephen McGee, who took over from Kitna after the number two completed two series.