With more than ten minutes remaining in the second quarter of Sunday’s matchup with the Lions, Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant had three catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns. When time ran out on the game with Dallas down 34-30 to Detroit, though, Bryant still had three catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns--still a good showing, of course, but one that was concentrated almost entirely in the first twenty minutes of the game.
Even considering the touchdown passes, with Miles Austin out until at least week six with a hamstring injury, we’d imagine Dallas would have liked to get the ball to Bryant more than just three times. The second-year Oklahoma State product was targeted twice more by quarterback Tony Romo, but for whatever reason, the two were unable to connect after getting off to such a strong start.
“They didn’t do much different,” head coach Jason Garrett said of the Lions defense, per ESPN Dallas. “Dez made some plays in the first half. We got the ball to some other people in the second half.
“We got some negative plays and got some bad field position at different times in the second half that kind of hamstrung us a little bit. But that stuff happens. Sometimes guys get the ball early. Sometimes they get it late. Sometimes they get it in the middle.”
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