1. Dez Bryant- The superstar wide receiver caught 9 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against a rather pesky corner in Brandon Flowers. Bryant was on the same page as Tony Romo all day, and the two might just be the best QB-WR duo in the league. Bryant made a unbelievable diving catch on an overthrow by Romo, and also caught a ball while fighting off pass interference for a 53-yard gain. He made circus catches basically look routine all day, and has the best physical tools in the game next to Calvin Johnson.
2. Defensive Line-There is no question that defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has turned this unit around into a respectable unit. Jason Hatcher had six tackles, while George Selvie and Nick Hayden each had four. DeMarcus Ware picked up his first two sacks of the season on Sunday, getting that cigar out of his locker. For those unaware, Marinelli placed a cigar in Ware’s locker to go along with the saying, “close but no cigar” about his sack total. Ware delivered and surely won’t have that cigar in his locker this week. It was his 27th career multi-sack game.
3. Anthony Spencer and Brian Waters- Spencer and Waters each made their season debuts Sunday which is definitely good news for a team that could use help along the offensive line and rushing the quarterback. Spencer had only practiced twice since his knee injury, but looked good and was able to provide pressure on the Chiefs’ Alex Smith. Waters played two series in the first half and two series in the second half. He is undoubtedly an upgrade over Mackenzy Bernadeau, and looks to improve on his first game action in two years.
1. Dez Bryant- Dez negated his spectacular performance I mentioned above with a crucial drop in the fourth quarter. Bryant torched Flowers once again and was wide open at least 20 yards down the field on a go route. Romo delivered a perfect pass hitting Bryant in stride, and he dropped the ball. Bryant, who made circus catches look routine all day, couldn’t handle the routine catch. Unbelievable. The Cowboys eventually punted on the drive, but left many fans wondering about the drive that could have been. Cowboys faithful thought their No.1 receiver was well beyond these critical mental mistakes.
2. Running Game- The rushing attack for the Cowboys was non-existent for the second week in a row. They only ran the ball a total of 16 times for a measly 37 yards. Embarrassing. DeMarco Murray only averaged 2.1 yards per carry and struggled to reach the second level of the defense. Also, Lance Dunbar had a costly fumble at midfield that lead to a Kansas City field goal. There’s no way this team can sustain success if they continue to abandon the running game, like they did Sunday.
3. Play-Calling- The Cowboys had several questionable play calls deep in Chiefs territory and at the end of the game. While in the red zone to start the second half, the team suffered from poor play-calling. Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan called a screen pass on a third and goal to Terrence Williams from the 10-yard line that literally went nowhere. Romo had Bryant, who was torching the Chiefs all day, in man to man coverage on the play, and didn’t even glance at him. Romo also didn’t even glance his way on a crucial 3rd and 10 with three minutes left to play. The 6 foot 2 Bryant in man to man coverage against the 5 foot 9 Flowers. People with common sense know that’s a mismatch. Callahan’s play-calling definitely took a hit on Sunday, as he also abandoned the run much like his predecessor Jason Garrett.