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Three Phases: Cowboys-Seahawks



    Three Phases: Cowboys-Seahawks
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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 1: Steven Hauschka #4 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks a field goal against Byron Jones #31and Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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

    Offense: F
    Matt Cassel didn't turn the ball over after committing three turnovers in last week's loss to New York, his Cowboys debut. But it wasn't all good. Cassel completed 13 passes and turned them into 97 yards. The longest completion of the day was 15 yards and the longest run of the day was a Cassel scramble. Never a recipe for success.

    Defense: A-
    The minus is for giving up that last Seattle drive, which seemed to go on for about 30 plays and featured three third-down conversions along the way. But it's hard to fault the Cowboys' defense after holding the Seahawks to 13 points, which is plenty good enough to give their teammates a chance to win the game. The defense really doesn't have much fault here, and they even got a big turnover that should've resulted in some points and did, but it was a just another field goal.

    Special teams: A
    There was one busted coverage, but the big return was negated by a Seattle penalty. It was a pretty big day for the special teams unit, as Dan Bailey accounted for all of the Cowboys' points on four field goals and they even got a huge field goal block to keep their 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter before eventually coughing it up.