The Dallas Cowboys moved to 2-1 with a 34-31 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys rallied from a 21-0 deficit thanks to Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and a defense that finally made plays when the game was on the line.
After every game we take a look back in Upon Further Review.
1. Maybe Romo should take Wednesdays off more often. The Cowboys' quarterback had his best game of the season, 18-for-23 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, in the victory. Romo said his surgically repaired back is getting stronger and taking a day off last week helped in terms of his recovery. You can see Romo is feeling better by the way he's twisting and turning away from defenders. Romo even stepped up in the pocket more against the Rams than he did the previous two weeks. He scrambled up field for a 16-yard gain when no receiver was open. Romo also made two deep throws, one to Dez Bryant, a 68-yard touchdown strike, and an incompleted pass to Terrance Williams that displayed his arm strength, something that was missing in previous weeks. Romo had fewer passes that floated over a receiver. Quarterbacks are going to miss throws, that's the nature of things, but Romo was on point for a majority of the afternoon. Romo's turnovers this season haven't been the result of anything physical, it's about decision-making. On the pick-six, he was pressured up the middle and could have waited one more second before throwing the pass toward Bryant. While the play was designed for Bryant, Romo missed receiver, Cole Beasley getting open across the middle. But that's nitpicking.
2. Bruce Carter, playing weakside linebacker after starting the first two weeks on the strong side, was a mess and a thing of beauty on Sunday. He missed a tackle on the first run play of the game and had trouble tackling Rams RB Zac Stacy. He displayed good coverage on a third-and-three when he tackled Lance Kendricks short of the marker. More inconsistency is where Carter laid a shot on Jared Cook, which didn't knock him down. Carter was also flagged for holding negated by a Rams' penalty. Of course, Carter's biggest play was his interception. The pressure up the middle forced Rams quarterback Austin Davis to hurry his throw to Stacy and Carter slid over to make the play. Carter's speed, something the Cowboys liked when they drafted him in the second round, allowed him to breeze into the end zone for the score. As the season progresses, Carter must improve his tackling skills, especially in the open field and speedy running backs will give him fits if he needs to cover them in the flat.
3. Secondary coach Jerome Henderson teaches his cornerbacks about using the proper techniques so receivers can get shifted off their routes. Morris Claiborne, despite, the game-clinching interception on Sunday, struggled at this against the Rams. On the touchdown pass to Brian Quick, Claiborne never gets a hand on him. Quick just runs right by him. Kenny Britt made a great leaping catch over Claiborne. It seemed Claiborne, who's supposed to be an athletic corner, looked stiff here and jumped too early. Claiborne should know better when offenses run pick plays inside the 20. On a touchdown pass to Austin Pettis, Claiborne got tangled with Orlando Scandrick. Communication is key here because the corners should know who to cover in that situation and a receiver should never get free in the end zone. Claiborne's best play came on his interception. He was able to get the receiver to run near the sideline and Claiborne had inside position. Davis' pass was long and that was fine because it enabled Claiborne to snag the ball for his third career interception.