Quick Reactions to the Dallas Cowboys Offense vs Arizona

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It can't be a good thing when your punter is the Offensive MVP.

- Don’t forget that a few plays before that pass that resulted in a 1st down at the 32, the Cowboys had back-to-back penalties that moved them back into their own territory (false start and delay of game.)

- The OL looked pretty darn bad all day. They gave up 5 sacks, but it seemed like Romo was running for his life all day long. It really reminded me of that playoff game in Minnesota.

- I am still at a loss to explain how Romo (other than the lack of time and pressure) could not find open receivers when the Cards had so many defenders committed to the run.

- Dez Bryant had single-coverage a lot and he still couldn’t get open consistently. That being said, he did play one of his more complete games of the year; he made some big catches late in the game. He had 8 very quiet catches for 84 yards.

- Ray Horton, the Arizona Defensive Coordinator, had his team looking more like his mentor Dick LeBeau’s Steelers than the hapless Cardinals.

- In one of the few bright spots today, Felix Jones had 36 yards on 6 carries; he also had a 69 yard kickoff return, although the offense was not able to capitalize on his return.

- DeMarco Murray continues to improve in his blitz pick-ups. He had a couple big blocks to give Romo extra time today.

- Matt McBriar played exceptionally well. Patrick Peterson had just 1 return yard. McBriar put on a clinic in directional punting. 4 of his 5 punts were downed inside the 20, and a few of them were downed inside the 10.

- Shaun Chapas had his first NFL reception. Surprisingly, he was not used as a lead blocker as much as most people expected. John Phillips played FB as much, perhaps even more, than Chapas.

- The Cowboys continue to struggle on 3rd downs. At one point, with about 6 minutes left, they had converted only 2 of 9 attempts on 3rd down.

- The Cowboys went with a no-huddle for a while in the early part of the 2nd half. I don’t remember the last time I saw them go no-huddle when there was no need to hurry.

- John Phillips had 4 catches; I think that is the most ever for him in a single game.

- Witten called “tails” in the over-time coin toss.

- It seems obvious now: this offense needs Miles Austin healthy.

- In conclusion, 13 points is not going to win very many games.

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