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Author: Jon Kuzma
The goods news for the 2017 Hall of Fame Game is the fact that the event actually happened. If you don’t remember the NFL had to cancel the Hall of Fame Game a year ago because the paint on the field started to congeal and was hard as cement. Ultimately the league deemed the field as a risk to the player’s health and that led to the NFL canceling the contest which also serves as the first preseason game of the year. 2017 went much more smoothly and out of the gate Blaine Gabbert was surprisingly sharp for the Cardinals offense. Gabbert finished the night with 11 completions out of 14 passing attempts for 185 yards. Maybe the most notable thing about Gabbert’s big night was the fact that he threw the football extremely well, not only did the former Jaguar and 49er have a high completion percentage he also showed off some excellent throw power. Arizona scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter due to Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington’s efforts. However it was Gabbert’s execution of the offense that put this team in scoring position on those particular drives. Dallas also got a decent performance from their starting quarterback for the night Kellen Moore. Moore finished the match up with 12 completions out of 18 passing attempts for 182 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That one touchdown pass went to former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers who is successfully making the transition to NFL tight end. Gathers looked extremely gifted on his touchdown catch and the former college hooper has a bright future as an NFL pass catcher. Brice Butler also had a decent night for Dallas leading the team in receiving yards with 78 yards. While fellow teammate Uzoma Nwachukwu caught the Cowboys other touchdown from third string quarterback Cooper Rush. Defensively Rudy Ford had 9 tackles for Arizona, while Alex Bazzie record 8 tackles too. The Cowboys got a solid output defensively from Cornerback Anthony Brown who had 2 tackles and 1 sack. Byron Jones also played well for Dallas recording 5 tackles as well. The Cowboys looked sluggish early on but give credit to this team for hanging around and then seizing the moment late in the fourth quarter. It’s never easy to battle back when you fall behind in the first quarter but Dallas never gave up and that’s why this team walked away with a week 1 preseason win.
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