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Five Things I’ll Be Thinking About as I Watch the Cowboys Offense vs. 49ers

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3. Will someone pull Bryant out of the game if he appears significantly worse than 100%? Will he look like he is in game-shape this week?

The commentators, both during the game and after, have implied and suggested that Bryant was injured in some way during the game. Rob Phillips from the mothership blogged: “Dez Bryant missed Wednesday’s practice with the thigh contusion that appeared to limit him throughout the season opener against the Jets.”

Notice the diction Rob utilized: “appeared to limit”. I don’t know what happened to Dez in the latter part of the Jets game, but he certainly did not look like the beast that dominated the game in the early going. Could it have been conditioning? Was he just worn out and exhausted? He did go for an IV at one point.

When I watch that 4th quarter interception over and over again, it is hard not to suspect that he was just tired and taking a play off or that he had a severe mental lapse. The jump/skip, whatever you want to call it, that he used to get off the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball before the interception reminded me of something I’ve seen get corrected in high school practices.

Last week, I thought that he would be able to beat Revis enough times that the Boys would score enough points to win. This week I will be watching to see if he runs out of gas as the game progresses, whether he looks like he is lolly-gagging at any point, and whether he makes many serious mental errors. And if he does, will someone force him to come out of the game?

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