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Monday, September 23, 2013
Upon Further Review: Cowboys Week 3

By Todd Archer

A review of four hot issues from the Dallas Cowboys' 31-7 win against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Scoring early: The Cowboys have put up points on their first drive in every game so far this season but scored a touchdown for the first time Sunday when Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant from 2 yards. But it was the touchdown on the Cowboys’ first drive of the second half that put the game away. Thanks to DeMarco Murray’s legs (59 yards) and Romo’s right arm (24-yard TD to Gavin Escobar), they put the game away for a 24-0 lead.

Orlando Scandrick
Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick sacks Rams QB Sam Bradford for his first sack of the 2013 season.
“Obviously, the game wasn’t over at that point, but it’s a tough one to come back from that amount,” Romo said. “We knew getting the ball that we had a chance to really put some pressure on them to make them become one-dimensional right away.”

Running from the spread: The Cowboys do not have a fullback on their roster and prefer to use multiple-tight end packages, but Murray’s work out of “11 personnel” showed you what worked best for the Cowboys.

Murray had 15 runs for 101 yards when the Cowboys used three wide receivers. His longest run of the game -- a 41-yarder -- came out of “12 personnel" (two tight ends), but that was the only carry of more than 10 yards he had out of that grouping.

Sack-master: The Rams entered Sunday as the only offense to not allow a sack but left Sunday having given up six. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick started it off with a blitz off the slot to bring down Sam Bradford. Scandrick has 7.5 sacks for his career, which is the fourth most in team history by a defensive back.

“He’s got good timing, and he wants to be around that football,” coach Jason Garrett said.

Nice comeback: If Garrett is looking for a teachable moment, he can point to second-year defensive end Kyle Wilber. With 3:19 left in the second quarter, Wilber was blindsided on a punt return by T.J. McDonald and needed medical attention.

In the fourth quarter, Wilber was able to record the first sack of his career when he dropped Bradford for a 10-yard loss.