Sunday was a truly bizarre game to analyze for a number of different reasons - not the least of which is that the Cowboys hardly ever got to touch the ball in the first 3 quarters.
The Saints dominated the time of possession and thereby dictated the tempo and the feel of the game. In the first quarter alone, the Cowboys touched the ball for just 2:57, leaving the 12:03 to the Saints. In the 4th Quarter, it was another 11:05 for New Orleans and overall a difference 41:59 to 22:28.
One thing the Cowboys did have cooking was the big play to Dez Bryant. This quick strike kept them in a game in which their defense had to endure an absurd amount of snaps (91) and were surely drained. But, in the 1st half, the Cowboys connected on 2 long Touchdowns of 58 yards each to Dez that allowed them to stay alive. That now means that Tony Romo has hit on 3 passes this season of more than 40 yards and all 3 have been to Bryant (with the other happening on Thanksgiving Day).
The Romo to Bryant connection has become the savior of this offense as so much of the rest of the offense has been a roller coaster ride of inefficiency from week to week. Some weeks, the team cannot rush the ball. Some weeks, they cannot sustain drives. Some weeks, they cannot pass protect. And many weeks, they commit more penalties than they should.
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