Cowboys v. Chargers: Game Balls and Close Calls

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After four weeks of play, the Dallas Cowboys have yet to show anyone that this year’s version is any different from any other team in the Jason Garrett era.  Win one, lose one.  Win one, lose one… Ugh.  Every loss has its own special brand of disappointment but somehow, even with this being a loss against an AFC opponent, this one seems sort of unexplainable.   Here is this week’s version of “Game Balls and Close Calls” as we breakdown the week’s stand out performers.

Dez Bryant
Honorable Mention: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) out jumps San Diego Chargers defensive back Richard Marshall (31) to score a first half touchdown at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Bryant was the only Cowboys skill position player to see the end zone, scoring twice in the first half to help build a 21-13 halftime lead.  Bryant took advantage of almost every opportunity that he was left in single coverage posting six catches for 81 yards and the aforementioned two scores.  The first touchdown showed how Dez is simply unable to be covered one-on-one.  From the five yard line, Bryant battled for a ball that was not thrown perfectly but was well defended.  When it appeared to be an uncatchable ball, Dez raised up to snatch the ball from the air while being a.ggressively covered to score the first touchdown of the game for the Cowboys and tie up the score.  His second touchdown displayed how dangerous in the open field Bryant can be.  Catching a short in route over the middle, Dez weaved through and around multiple defenders for another score giving Dallas their last offensive touchdown of the game.  It’s clear that Bryant has become a top tier NFL receiver and a constant nightmare for defenses, week to week.

Romo had his third straight came without an interception, completing over 70% of his passes and throwing for two touchdowns.  Murray was able to gain five yards per carry but inexplicably was only given 14 carries, finishing the game with 70 yards rushing and another 20 receiving.

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