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    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: C
    Dez Bryant was a beast, racking up more than 100 receiving yards in the first half and finishing the game with 141 yards on nine grabs, including a touchdown. But, he also had a key drop later in the game and was ineffective after aggravating an injury in the second half.

    The play-calling was pretty atrocious, as the Bill Callahan experiment proved ugly after a fairly successful week against the Giants in the opener.

    DeMarco Murray managed just 12 carries and 25 yards and was pretty much invisible in the second half. Thirty-seven yards on 16 rushing attempts is just ugly.

    The offensive line wasn't the worst it's been recently, but it was far from good. Tony Romo wasn't bad and didn't turn the ball over in a rough road environment, but he wasn't necessarily good, either.

    Defense: B
    On the positive side, the Cowboys allowed just 17 points in a road game to Andy Reid and his West-Coast offense. At times, the Cowboys defensive line looked like world-beaters, and the linebacker duo of Sean Lee and Bruce Carter looked special. Then, you turn around and Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is rushing for 57 yards on eight carries.

    Special teams: A
    Dan Bailey was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and Orlando Scandrick blocked a Chiefs field-goal attempt just before halftime.