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Three Phases: Cowboys-Texans



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

    Offense: B-

    DeMarco Murray continued his stretch of dominance with another stellar game. Dez Bryant caught a touchdown pass and had a Lynn Swann-esque circus grab to help set up the game-winning field goal. Tony Romo did his best Houdini, escaping a sure J.J. Watt sack, before heaving a bomb to Terrance Williams in the end zone. But Murray also fumbled for the fourth time in five games, and Romo threw a key interception in the red zone, so there was a lot to not be too pleased about. But hey, a win's a win.

    Defense: B

    Fact of the matter is, the defense held an opponent to 17 points and forced turnovers. But there was also a big concern in the fact that aging, ailing running back Arian Foster had his best game of the season on the ground. Again, a lot to like about this performance, and a lot to dislike.

    Special teams: C

    Yes, it was a 53-yarder, but Dan Bailey missed a field goal after hitting 30 straight dating back to last season, and it came at a bad time, with the game on the line in the closing seconds. But he did redeem himself with a game-winner in the overtime period. Dwayne Harris had a key fumble in the return game that could've very well cost the Cowboys the game. If there's one phase that you really can't afford miscues, it's usually special teams. On Sunday, the Cowboys were lucky to overcome one.