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Three Phases: Cowboys-Seahawks



    Three Phases: Cowboys-Seahawks

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

    Offense: A+

    DeMarco Murray became the second running back in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in his first six games of the season, and he did it in the most difficult place to play in the league against the league's best rush defense. Tony Romo was remarkably efficient despite taking a few huge shots. The Cowboys attacked Richard Sherman and were moderately successful against him. Gavin Escobar caught a touchdown. Hell, everything pretty much went right as the Cowboys held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. It was the perfect gameplan, and the Cowboys were rewarded for it.

    Defense: A+

    Wow. Just wow. This defense continues to do an admirable job. Are they the best unit in the league? No. Far from it. Are they a top-10 unit? Probably not. But they do what needs to be done and get a big boost from their dominant offense. The defensive line was huge once again despite just one sack from George Selvie. And with the game on the line, they came up huge both on a key fourth-down stop in the closing minutes and then a game-clinching interception from Rolando McClain. They forced Russell Wilson into one of the worst games of his career and held the dangerous Percy Harvin to minus-1 yards on six offensive touches. Simply spectacular.

    Special teams: C-

    Dan Bailey is still so, so awesome. He drilled a career-long 56-yard field goal like it was a 30-yarder, and he officially became the NFL's all-time most accurate kicker by reaching the minimum of 110 career attempts. But everything else with the special teams went sour on Sunday and it nearly cost the Cowboys a huge victory. There was the Seahawks' blocked punt return for their first touchdown and then a muffed punt by Dwayne Harris that led to an easy Seattle touchdown thanks to some great starting field position. The kickoff coverage was good, so there's that.