Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 2 DAL at KAN

Jason Garrett manages clock well

September, 16, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Much has been made about Jason Garrett’s clock management in his 42 games as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.

On Sunday, Garrett got it right and the Cowboys were in position to get the ball back with more than two minutes to play until Morris Claiborne was flagged for pass interference on Kansas City receiver Donnie Avery.

After the Cowboys made it 17-16 on Dan Bailey's field goal with 3:50 remaining, Garrett called timeouts with 3:44, 3:38 and 3:21 to play. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles helped by going out of bounds in one play, and so did receiver Dwayne Bowe with an illegal shift penalty.

The Chiefs got bailed out by a delay-of-game penalty before DeMarcus Ware's sack on third-and-5, but on the ensuing third-and-10 play Claiborne was penalized.

“In that situation, we know they’re going to run the ball,” Garrett said. “You want to keep as much time on the clock as you can. If you let too much time run off the clock, the game is going to be over. We felt like if we made a stop there using the timeouts, we would still have the two-minute warning and hopefully have a lot of time left in the ballgame.”

Because of the penalty, the Cowboys got the ball back at their 4-yard line with only 16 seconds to play.

Dez Bryant, DeMarcus Ware get nicked-up

September, 15, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Dallas Cowboys didn't have any major injuries in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, there was a scare late in the fourth quarter when defensive end DeMarcus Ware went down with a stinger to his left shoulder. Ware suffered the injury when he hit quarterback Alex Smith on a pass late in the fourth quarter.

Ware quickly left the field.

After the game, Ware described the shoulder as "shoulder stuff; I'm fine."

Ware didn't appear to have any problems moving his arm in the locker room after the game. In the offseason, Ware had surgery on his right shoulder.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant didn't appear to have any problems with his sprained left foot, though his back tightened up on him after the game. He received some medical treatment afterward and it doesn't appear to be any major concern.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne left the game briefly after slamming his left shoulder into Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Claiborne separated his shoulder in last week's victory over the New York Giants.

"I think he played hurt today and sucked it up," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick got some stitches in his chin after blocking a kick. Scandrick wasn't hurt on the play, but was while celebrating with safety Will Allen when they ran into each other after the play.

Also, running back Lance Dunbar (foot), defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee) and safety Danny McCray (hamstring) played without any issues. Spencer, normally a starter, rotated snaps at defensive end with George Selvie.

Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys

September, 15, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys' 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Same old Cowboys? Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not buying the “same old Cowboys,” question from the media. For the second straight year the Cowboys could not follow up a season-opening win against the New York Giantswith a win in Week 2. They lost at Seattle last season, 27-7. “Do I see similarities from last year?” Jones said. “No, I do not. I refute that.”

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Key mistakes: Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, but two plays hurt: a questionable pass-interference penalty in the second quarter that would have flipped field position, and a big drop of a deep ball from Tony Romo with the Chiefs leading 17-13 in the fourth quarter. But Bryant also played through a tight back that forced him to the sidelines on multiple occasions. He was unable to finish last season’s season finale against the Washington Redskinswith a back injury as well.

Romo's ribs not an issue: Romo took a pain-killing injection before kickoff and said his bruised ribs did not affect him during the game. He completed only eight of 15 passes in the fourth quarter, but would not use the soreness as an excuse.

Rapid Reaction: Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

September, 15, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys' 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

What it means for the Cowboys: For the fifth straight year, the Cowboys have started the season with a 1-1 record. They missed a tremendous chance to start 2-0 for the first time since 2008 because of a series of mistakes by the offense in the second half.

On their first drive of the third quarter, they got to the Chiefs' 4-yard line, but Ronald Leary had a false start on third down and they had to settle for Dan Bailey's field goal. The Cowboys’ next two drives ended on fumbles by Lance Dunbar and Tony Romo. The fourth possession ended in a punt after Dez Bryant dropped a deep ball after getting by cornerback Brandon Flowers.

To close the game, the defense finally faltered as Morris Claiborne was flagged for pass interference on a third-down play that allowed Kansas City to hold the ball until only 16 seconds remained.

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Stock watch: Dunbar, falling. Dunbar’s third-quarter fumble in Kansas City territory changed the complexion of the game. The Cowboys allowed a 40-yard field goal by Ryan Succop on the ensuing drive that gave the Chiefs a lead they would not give up.

Ware gets his: Rod Marinelli left a cigar in DeMarcus Ware’s locker after the Giants game -- as in, Ware was "close but no cigar" in his chase of Eli Manning. Ware came up with two sacks of Alex Smith on Sunday.

It is the 27th multi-sack game of Ware’s career and his first since Week 2 last year at Seattle. A third sack was wiped out by a delay-of-game penalty, and Ware appeared to hurt his shoulder on the play.

Up the charts: With a second-quarter catch for minus-2 yards, Jason Witten passed Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe on the career list of catches by a tight end (Witten now has 817).

Witten will have a long way to go before catching the leader, Tony Gonzalez, who entered Sunday’s game with 1,245 receptions.

Solid debuts: Anthony Spencer and Brian Waters made their season debuts against the Chiefs, which bodes well for a team in need of help along the offensive and defensive lines.

Spencer has practiced only twice since undergoing knee surgery on July 25, but he played well and brought pressure on Smith. Waters played two series in the first half in which the Cowboys had 10 of their 15 rushing yards in the first two quarters. He played two series in the second half, too.

What’s next: The Cowboys host St. Louis at AT&T Stadium, where they beat the New York Giants 36-31 in the season opener. Dallas has never won the first two games of a season at the $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington.

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