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Three Phases: Cowboys-Saints



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

    Offense: A+

    Right from the get-go, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray & Co. stuck it to Rob Ryan and his Saints defense. They opened the game with a 12-play, 80-yard yard to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead before Drew Brees ever touched the ball. Romo was phenomenal and efficient, and Murray continued his dominance with 149 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Terrance Williams scored twice through the air, including the opening touchdown on a spectacular catch. This offense is rolling right now behind the stellar offensive line, Murray and now Romo. Hate to get your hopes up, Cowboys fans, but look out.

    Defense: A

    The only reason this doesn't get the A+ is because the Saints made things interesting in the fourth quarter, but overall, the Cowboys defense was great against the first elite quarterback they've played this season in a game many thought would be a field day for Drew Brees and the Saints' offense. I don't care if the Saints' offense is a bit down this year, it's still Brees and it's still Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills — you get the idea.

    Special teams: A

    Dan Bailey is an absolute machine — a kicking god, if you will. He hit his 29th straight field goal attempt to extend his own franchise record by drilling a 51-yarder. He also connected on all five of his extra points. Chris Jones punted four times and two were downed inside the Saints' 20-yard line.