Dominant, But Sloppy Win for the Cowboys

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Only the Dallas Cowboys can absolutely dominate a team for 55 minutes allowing zero touchdowns to the opposing Houston Texan offense.  They scored 27 points with two long field goals all while having 8 penalties and allowing long first downs (e.g. the 3rd and 19 conversation by Arian Foster).

Early in the game, it appeared as though the coaching staff was putting all of their proverbial chips into the center of the table.  They attempted two 4th and shorts on their first drive of the afternoon.  The Cowboys barely converted the first, but failed on the second.  This does raise questions about the Phillips’s confidence in 2nd year kicker David Buehler.  However, Buehler converted two field goals, 49 ( at the end of the first half) and 40 yards.

While Tony Romo had a poor passing day against the Chicago Bears, he was remarkably accurate against the Texans (23/30 for 284 yards & 2 touchdowns).  Roy Williams was the recipient of both touchdown passes.  Dez Bryant tantilized the Cowboys fanbase by catching two would be touchdown passes; however, he was pushed out of bounds by the defender while in the act of catching the ball on the first opportunity and he was again pushed out of bounds while in his route (1st player to touch the ball cannot be a player who was out of bounds earlier in the play) on the 2nd opportunity.

One additional bright spot in the game was the Cowboys defense finally forced a turnover, three as a matter of fact.  The first was tantamount to a 1st down punt by the Texan’s offense, the second was a Foster fumble which helped to seal the victory for the Cowboys, and the last was an interception in garbage time.

This win will relieve pressure on Buehler, Phillips, Garrett, and Jerry Jones as the Cowboys enter next weeks bye.  There is still much work to be done in Dallas, but there are two full weeks to sand away the rough edges when Tennesee comes to Dallas in week 5.

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