Dallas effectively put to rest most of the concerns about their ability to make the big play yesterday in Tampa, as Tony Romo hit three different receivers for touchdowns of 40 yards or more.
If it wasn't the ideal game for the Cowboys offense, with respect to spreading the ball out and establishing the run--two very vocalized goals of this offseason-- it was damn close. It was also, according to Patrick Crayton, who contributed an 80 yard touchdown catch, no big surprise.
"We knew that if we were able to get the ground game going, started pounding it a little bit between the tackles at them, stuff would open up down the field," Crayton said.
Asked if the offense was out to prove a point to their numerous offseason detractors, Crayton said that the team was only looking do their respective jobs and win, ultimately.
"It's not even necessarily a message," Crayton said. "Our job is to come in here and, when the ball's thrown our way, catch it, if we're asked to block, block. That's it. Period. That's our job, that's what we got to do every Sunday, every week. "
Crayton went on to echoe the sentiments of many in the Cowboys locker room over the past few months, citing effective ball distribution as a key ingredient to a potent Dallas offense.
"That's what I've been saying the whole time," he said. "There's going to be some multiple weapons touch the ball. That's when we're at our best. That's when we move the ball up and down the field, everybody's touching it, everybody's involved.
"It's kind of hard to stick an offense like that, man. "