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Big-Play Cowboys Are Back



    Yesterday evening's relative dominance of the so-called best team in the NFC brings about all kinds of talking points, and should incite some anger amongst Cowboys fans to go with a renewed interest and excitement, but that's for another post altogether.

    One thing that stood out in Sunday's win over the Giants, in the Giants' new home that doesn't pay electric bills, in Jason Garrett's head coaching debut, was the big-play production of the Cowboys' offense.

    First off, Felix Jones came back to life, amassing 136 total yards highlighted by his electric 71-yard touchdown reception on a little screen pass. On that play, Jones showed the burst he has shown in previous years, but not this year. When he hit about the Giants 40-yard line, it hit an extra gear and was clearly faster than anyone giving chase.

    Jones will never be a featured running back because he doesn't know how to make people miss. He either runs past you, or runs into you. But on plays like that, he looks like a world-beater.

    Secondly, Dez Bryant is really turning into a special player. Former Cowboys coach and FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson called Bryant and Detroit Lions fourth-year superstar Megatron Calvin Johnson the best rookie wide receivers to come along in quite some time. Comparing Bryant to Johnson should be music to the ears of Cowboys fans.

    Bryant finished Sunday's game with 104 receiving yards to go with a 13-yard acrobatic touchdown grab to get the Cowboys on the board in the first quarter. That's without even mentioning his dynamite punt returns. Had he been able to control the ball on one play, he would've been upwards of 150 yards receiving. The guy is an absolute monster with great hands, body control and speed.

    Even though Roy Williams has played well this season, to many folks' suprise, I think Roy has seen the writing on the wall and knows he'll be gone next year. Dez Bryant is already stepping into Roy's role, and might even be passing up Miles Austin next year. Put it this way -- right now, there isn't a more talented receiving corps in football than the Cowboys'.

    With the fire lit under the Cowboys' collective rear end, the offense put up seven plays of 20 or more yards on Sunday, something that has been missing all year, and that should give us all something to look forward to in the coming seven weeks.

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