Tony Romo returned to action on Sunday, and led the Dallas Cowboys to a comfortable 31-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, extending the team’s record to 7-3 and putting an end to a two-game skid.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey opened the scoring with a 54-yard field goal to make it 3-0 Dallas.
The Jaguars answered with a nine-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a 32-yard touchdown run from running back Denard Robinson.
The Cowboys retook the lead, extended on that lead, and then extended on THAT lead on three touchdown passes from Tony Romo. First, set up by a muffed punt from Jacksonville that set them up at the six, Romo hit Jason Witten. 10-7 Cowboys.
The second quarter would be the Dez show. Bryant caught touchdown passes of 35 and 68 yards from Romo, and finished the game with six catches, 158 yards and the pair of touchdowns. He didn’t catch a pass in the second half, and spent part of that half in the locker room, where he got an IV to deal with cramping.
Romo finished 20 of 27 for 246 yards and three touchdowns, and was pulled in the fourth quarter, after he was slow getting up after a sack and the Cowboys’ had the game well in hand.
DeMarco Murray had 19 carries for the third week in a row, and finished with 100 yards.
Dallas only scored once more after intermission, but it was plenty to get the win on foreign soil. Their last touchdown came on a 40-yard run from backup Joseph Randle in the third quarter. Randle finished with 56 yards on seven carries.
In the fourth quarter, Kyle Wilber committed a hold in the end zone during a punt attempt, resulting in a safety and, with less than two minutes remaining, Robinson took in his second rushing touchdown of the day, a one-yarder. After the two-point conversion, it was 31-17, but Witten snagged the Jags’ attempt at an onside kick to seal the win.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys sacked Jacksonville’s rookie quarterback Blake Bortles four times on Sunday.
The Cowboys are on a bye next week.
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