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Three Phases: Cowboys-Chargers



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

    Offense: B

    Don't pin this loss on the Cowboys' offense. Tony Romo was good, but only got seven offensive snaps in the third quarter. He threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, but was outdueled by Chargers QB Philip Rivers. DeMarco Murray had another nice game, rushing for 70 yards on just 14 carries — but the way the game went that's about all the Cowboys could give him. The offensive line was actually pretty good and can't be faulted for this game either.

    Defense: F

    Wow. After the way the Cowboys' defense played against St. Louis, and even to some extent, against Kansas City, it looked like the Cowboys defense was officially back. But Rivers showed that wasn't really the case as he topped 400 passing yards and threw for three touchdowns as the Cowboys' secondary was absolutely torched. The front also failed to get any pressure on Rivers despite the Chargers playing with a makeshift offensive line. Bruce Carter was benched for his ineffectiveness in pass coverage and Morris Claiborne looked lost on several occasions.

    Special teams: C

    Dwayne Harris was good in the return game, averaging 28.3 yards on three kickoff returns and bringing a punt back 38 yards, but Dan Bailey missed another field goal.