- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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It started with the spectacular and ended with six catches on six targets. The weekly Dez Bryant throw-by-throw:
34-YARD TOUCHDOWN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 34, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a stutter-go against Leodis McKelvin, who was playing off coverage. McKelvin is in position to pick off a slightly underthrown pass, but Bryant makes the former first-round pick look like a little kid, soaring over the cornerback to make a spectacular leaping catch. “He will win ties,” Jerry Jones said. “He does do that. That’s what he’s always done. He’ll win those. We’ve got to feel good about it.”
13-YARD GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 23, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a stop route against Terrence McGee, who was playing off coverage. After pivoting, Bryant cleanly catches a pass delivered a couple of steps toward the sideline. He doesn’t gain any yardage after the catch.
4-YARD GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 40, Bryant lines up wide right and runs a drag route. Romo has to double-pump because of a defensive lineman leaping to block the original window for the throw. That allows cornerback Drayton Florence to close quickly and make the tackle before Bryant can turn upfield.
NO GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 22, Bryant lines up wide right and motions toward the backfield, reversing direction at the snap. Romo throws a swing pass to Bryant, who can’t make McGee miss in the open field. This play worked well with Kevin Ogletree earlier in the season, but the Bills McGee wasn’t fooled.
11-YARD GAIN: On third-and-6 from the Buffalo 18, Bryant lines up wide right and runs a slant against McKelvin, who was playing press coverage. McKelvin, who doesn’t jam, appears to anticipate the fade route and bites badly when Bryant releases to the outside. McKelvin gets completely turned around when Bryant plants hard with his right foot and makes his break. McKelvin and safety Jairus Byrd make the tackle immediately after the catch.
12-YARD GAIN: On second-and-8 from the Dallas 36, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a deep in cut. Florence plays press coverage at the line of scrimmage, but Bryant gets a clean release inside and is wide open when he catches the ball at the Buffalo 48. He loses four yards while trying to avoid linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.