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Three Phases: Cowboys-Titans



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

    Offense: A

    There was a first-quarter fumble by DeMarco Murray and a few bad throws from Tony Romo, but other than that, what can you say negative about the Cowboys' offense on Sunday? Murray was a beast, as he was fed the ball in a seemingly conscious effort to lean on the running game. Speaking of beasts, Dez Bryant played a pretty big second fiddle to Murray in Nashville, catching 10 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown.

    Defense: A

    Once again, the Cowboys' front seven was surprisingly effective, but this time it came in a dominant win. The old adage "a fresh defense is a good defense" rang true on Sunday, as the Titans had just 19 minutes of possession, and when the Cowboys were on defense, things generally went well. Once again, middle linebacker Rolando McClain was all over the field. He also had one of the more acrobatic interceptions you'll see from a middle linebacker that basically ended any remote threat the Titans had. He finished with five tackles, two assists, a sack and an interception.

    Special teams: A

    Why not make it three As? Dan Bailey was 4-for-4 on field goals, including two 48-yard field goals and a 51-yarder. Punter Chris Jones also had a great day, averaging 55 yards per punt with one inside the 20-yard line.