Cowboys’ Cole Beasley makes an early bid for NFL’s catch of the year with a behind-the-neck grab
The season premiere of Sunday Night Football on NBC was mostly trash, with the Dallas Cowboys dominating a lackluster New York Giants squad that looked as if it were running in wet cement on offense. But for about four seconds in the fourth quarter of Dallas’s 19-3 victory, the NFC East division matchup became worthwhile.
Oh, man, it was great, Bryant said. I didn’t see it on the field. I was trying to see if they were going to show it on the screen so I had to go straight to Twitter and go look at it right after the game. I said, ‘Ohh shhh.’ So far, that’s the top catch of the year.
Beasley, who caught 75 passes for 833 yards and five touchdowns last season, had only three catches for 32 yards Sunday night.
If I just would’ve turned earlier, it would’ve been an easy catch, Beasley said. I turned my eyes a little too late and the ball kind of got on me pretty quick and tipped the ball up and locked in.
The Patriots came out on top (or the bottom) with a margin of two percentage points this year, 21 to 19. New England held an advantage of three percentage points in 2016, when PPP announced that the Cowboys had been out-hated for the first time since they began conducting the survey.
Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was seen as more favorable than not (40 percent vs. 34 percent), but the same cannot be said of the team’s nemesis, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose job performance was viewed unfavorably by 37 percent of respondents, as opposed to favorably by 22 percent. Joe Flacco’s disappointing season resulted in more people saying he was not an elite quarterback than last year (41 percent vs. 35 precent).
More respondents this year thought the Redskins should not change their name, 69 percent vs. 64 percent last year, while the percentage saying the team should change its name dropped from 25 to 20. Meanwhile, the percentage who thought of the Cowboys as America’s Team crept up, from 27 to 30.