Monday, November 4, 2013
Three Up, Three Down
By Calvin Watkins
The Dallas Cowboys survived to beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23 on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Here are Dallas' three best and three worst performances of the week in our weekly Three Up, Three Down feature.
Jason Witten: Welcome back. The veteran tight end finished with eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys finally discovered Witten's presence again down the field, and guess what? He caught a touchdown pass, his first in three weeks.
Nick Hayden: This man is one of the better pickups of the season. The defensive tackle recovered a fumble for a touchdown, recorded six tackles, and had a tackle for loss. Hayden's hustle stats continue to add up in defensive line coach Rod Marinelli's book.
Orlando Scandrick: He's been the most consistent cornerback on this team in 2013. He finished with four pass breakups and one interception on Sunday. He's taken over the starting job from Morris Claiborne and has solidified the corner spot opposite the equally talented Brandon Carr.
Bill Callahan: Nine rushing attempts? In reality, the running backs carried the ball eight times. O-coordinator Callahan should have had a sideline tirade on the phones with QB Tony Romo about maintaining run plays over the pass. Callahan has to establish the run more.
Ernie Sims: The veteran linebacker started on the weakside and struggled to tackle Adrian Peterson (lots of people do), but Sims was benched to start the second half. This linebacker rotation with Bruce Carter needs to end today.
Offensive line: It's not the line's fault that the Cowboys' running backs carried the ball eight times, but there were three negative-yardage runs and one run for zero yards. Romo was hurried three times and sacked three times.