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Three Phases: Cowboys-Vikings

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    NEWSLETTERS

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

    Offense: B-

    Scoring 27 points isn't a really bad thing, but the Cowboys would've probably been expected to put up more points than that against an awful Minnesota team. It was obvious that the loss of Brian Waters hurt the offensive line as the running game was virtually non-existent in DeMarco Murray's return from a knee sprain. Tony Romo had a solid game with the exception of a horrible pick that probably should have lost the game for the Cowboys.

    Defense: C+

    The Cowboys strip-sacked Christian Ponder in the end zone for a defensive touchdown that ended up proving to be the difference in the game. That was obviously a major positive for the unit. The near-400 total yards allowed to the Vikings were not. Neither were the 140 rushing yards allowed to the awesome,  yet struggling, Adrian Peterson, who it seemed just couldn't be tackled.

    Special teams: B

    The Cowboys allowed some big returns to the Vikings, who are actually one of the more dangerous return teams in the league. Chris Jones had a sweet tackle on a long punt return, and Dan Bailey converted on both of his field goal attempts.