Dallas offensive line earns praise in loss

October, 1, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys' offensive line had a solid performance, maybe its best of the season, in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers.

As a rushing attack, the team gained 92 yards, and that includes a 15-yard scramble by quarterback Tony Romo. Despite three sacks allowed, one where Romo fell down, the quarterback seemed to have good protection for most of the day.

The first series of the game was rough with Romo under pressure on his first three drop-backs. But with Brian Waters starting the entire game at right guard for the first time this season, there seemed to be a chemistry going with the group.

"I thought they played well," coach Jason Garrett said. "We ran for nearly six yards a carry. We blocked a front that has traditionally rushed the passer well. There are some matchup problems that those guys can present. Dwight Freeney is a great player and has been a great player in this league for a long time. I thought we blocked him. I thought we blocked some of the other guys well. Tony had time to throw the football."

The next task is defending the Broncos defensive front, which allows 390.3 yards per game and has just five sacks in 2013.

Tuesday morning, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones praised the offensive line's work in the Chargers game and expects it to continue against the Broncos.

"Our offensive line, frankly played a real good ballgame," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "A very good ballgame, they've been playing well. Tony's got plenty of time to make the throws. We just got to make the plays."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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