The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-17 in a 'dress rehearsal' that saw some positive things from the first units - as well as bad.

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The Good

The first team offense moved the ball pretty good as Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were definitely on the same page.  Romo hit Bryant with 5 passes for 67 yards and was 15 of 20 for 141 yards passing for the game. Not too shabby.  The passing game hasn't been a bright spot so far this preseason so it was pretty cool to see them starting to actually click.  The running game looked OK but still needs a little bit of work.  Of course, because it's preseason, nobody ever shows all of their cards, just a basic offense.  Still, with only 2 starters from last seasons offensive line, they need some work.  Special teams looked pretty good as well as they scored a TD on a field goal block and never let the Vikings do anything with the kickoffs.

Adrian Peterson

The Bad

Defense seems to be the only bad spot for the Cowboys right now.   Other than finally getting a take away, an interception by Gerald Sensabaugh,  they have not been dominating at all and can't seem to stop the run.  Adrian Peterson ran for 81 yards on 14 carries for a 5.8 average yards per carry. The passing game isn't much better, though, they are without starting corners, Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman.  They gave up almost 300 yards in the air and as they continue to learn,  defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan's scheme.

With one more preseason game to go, crunch time is coming for the Cowboys to get down to the mandated 53 man roster. I just hope they pick the right 53 this year.

I know, it's really too early to tell how they are doing during the preseason.  But, judging by the way they are playing so far, I think there is still a lot of work to do.

Judging by the preseason games, how do you think the Cowboys are going to do this year? Comment below.

In the meantime, here's a recap of the preseason game against Minnesota.