- The Committee Might Actually WorkDunbar, Randle and McFadden combined for 34 touches and 212 yards against the Giants. Randle and McFadden both received the bulk of the carries, but Dunbar was the X-Factor for us down the stretch. Romo hit Dunbar on a 24 yard pass followed by a 16 yard pass. Dunbar covered 40 yards in less than 45 seconds. Those three guys contributed a lot and it looks like this committee is working.
- The Offensive Line is Still The Best in The NFL
I don’t know if you noticed, but Tony Romo was not sacked last night. Romo dropped back to pass the ball 45 times and he was not sacked. Tyron Smith handled Robert Ayers with ease, while Zack Martin and Travis Frederick stood up their rushers. Bill Callahan is in Washington now, but it seems like Frank Pollock and Marc Colombo have these guys ready. LG Ronald Leary injured his groin, but Mackenzy Bernadeau filled in for him and did a good job. The Offensive Line is the best in the NFL and it will be the best for the next decade.
- This team can win these few games without Dez Bryant
Dallas Cowboys fans have been calling Dez Bryant “replaceable” since he got his foot taped up. Dez Bryant may have had an off night statistically, but what he did for us in this game is not “replaceable.” I think people fail to realize that Dez was doubled any time he was on the field. Dez being doubled means Witten, Escobar, Williams and Beasley are all in single coverage. That’s what Dez brings to this team when he isn’t catching passes. Dez will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in foot, but I’m not paranoid one bit. The offense will flow through Romo and Witten. We understand the chemistry between Romo and Witten, so we know Tony will have a reliable target to throw to. The WRs didn’t look great last night, but the running backs and TEs did, so I definitely can see them getting the bulk of touches until Dez is back.
- The Defense Shut The Giants Offense Down
Rod Marinelli and all the defensive coaches showed up and had their guys ready to play. Sean Lee made his return and so did the pass rush. I really want to highlight secondary coach, Jerome Henderson. Last season the Cowboys secondary was embarrassed by the Giants WR’s, specifically Odell Beckham Jr. JJ Wilcox, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr were all over Wilcox last night. Beckham caught a pass over the middle and Wilcox came flying like a bullet and hit Beckham Jr. Wilcox actually broke his nose on that play too. Morris Claiborne was covering Beckham Jr. for the majority of the game and he looked like the guy we drafted with the 6th pick in 2012. You didn’t really hear Claiborne’s name during the game because Eli Manning wouldn’t target him. Cowboys held Beckham to just 5 catches for 44 yards. The Cowboys defense gave up 289 total yards, but didn’t give up a touchdown rushing or passing. There’s always some bad when there’s a lot of good and Cowboys had a somewhat major injury on defense last night. Rookie Defensive End, Randy Gregory suffered a high ankle sprain last night. Gregory was rushing with his speed and power, but he got tangled up and sprained his ankle. Thankfully it isn’t a fracture, but he’ll miss time. Potentially, the Cowboys could get Dez Bryant, Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain and Randy Gregory back at the same time.