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Three Phases: Cowboys-Lions



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

    Offense: B
    The bright spots: The Cowboys didn't have a turnover, Terrance Williams scored a touchdown in his fourth straight game, extending his franchise record for a rookie, and despite what he might believe, Dez Bryant had a big game. The not-so-bright spots: There was no running game with DeMarco Murray once again missing action, Tony Romo was under intense pressure much of the day, Dez and Jason Witten got into it on the sideline in the final seconds and the Cowboys failed to ice the game in the final minutes, thanks partly to a big holding penalty by Tyron Smith.

    Defense: C-
    Really the only thing saving the unit from a big fat F was the fact they racked up four turnovers, and all seemed to come at opportune times. Sean Lee had a monster game, intercepting Matthew Stafford twice, including one he nearly took to the end zone. The Cowboys didn't get much pressure on Stafford, and of course we all know what Calvin Johnson did. Yes, it's Megatron, but 329 receiving yards is absolutely unacceptable, obviously. On Johnson's 87-yard reception that set up his fourth-and-goal touchdown, he broke it because Brandon Carr went for the ball for some reason instead of making any effort to tackle Johnson.

    Special Teams: B
    Dan Bailey proved he might be the best kicker in the NFL as he went 3-for-3 on field goals, including two from 53 yards out. Dwayne Harris had a big kickoff return that he almost broke, and Chris Jones averaged just shy of 45 yards per punt with two inside the Lions' 20-yard line.