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Cowboys come alive in second half of 23-13 win

Cowboys running back Murray  dives towards the goal line but is unable to score as Seahawks safety Thomas pushes him out of bounds in Arlington, Texas Reuters

It wasn’t the most exciting game you’ll ever see, but the Cowboys didn’t need to thrill anyone on Sunday.

They just needed to win so that they could put last Sunday night’s debacle behind them and stay alive in the race for a playoff berth in the NFC. They accomplished both missions with 17 second half points in a 23-13 victory over the Seahawks. They still have big questions to answer, particularly about a defense that failed to stop the run once again this week, but they have plenty to feel good about.

DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards, and flashed both speed and power in another performance that makes it hard to believe Felix Jones will waltz back into a starting role when he returns to health. Murray has everything you need in a tailback and he is making the Cowboys look smart for drafting him every week. Tony Romo didn’t get sacked, didn’t turn the ball over and threw two touchdown passes in the second half. Those scores were big after a first half that saw the Cowboys fail to punch the ball in once they made their way into the red zone and allowed the Cowboys to get some breathing room over the Seahawks.

Tarvaris Jackson also contributed to that breathing room. He threw interceptions on two straight passes in the second half, leading to 10 Cowboys points that ballooned their lead to 23-6. The Seahawks got a great game from Marshawn Lynch and their defense’s play in the red zone gave them a chance, but they need better quarterback play if they are going to get any better in the weeks to come. If they don’t, it will be time to go shopping for a new signal caller.

Dallas stopped the bleeding Sunday, which is what they needed to do. Miles Austin’s injury is troublesome, but with a fairly easy slate over the next four games they should be able to use this win as a springboard into the thick of the playoff race in the weeks to come.

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7 Responses to “Cowboys come alive in second half of 23-13 win”
  1. dirtydrynn27 says: Nov 6, 2011 4:51 PM

    So this means that Dallas will go on and win the superbowl for the next 5 years!!!!!.This team is unstoppable and this team just can`t be beaten!!!

  2. fumblenuts says: Nov 6, 2011 4:54 PM

    “Tarvaris Jackson also contributed to that breathing room. He threw interceptions on two straight passes in the second half, leading to 10 Cowboys points that ballooned their lead to 23-6.”

    The Seahacks NEED to dump this scrub when the season is over!

  3. dawkattack says: Nov 6, 2011 5:37 PM

    Against a terrible team

  4. cowhawkfan says: Nov 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    As a fan of both teams, it was a boring game. My Cowgirls struggled to beat my Seagals. I love them both, but WE suck!! Romo typically has great Novembers, and lousy Decembers. Let’s see if the pattern holds. And my fellow SeagLs fans didn’t want to draft Dalton cause he was too short for them. Ha…hopefully, we’ll get a shot at the Oklahoma QB. If Carroll doesn’t take Barkley. Carroll’s
    got to go!!

  5. howley1 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:31 PM

    Thanks for an unbiased article, Josh.

  6. howley1 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:35 PM

    Against a terrible team

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    They’ve only got one fewer win than the Eagles have.

  7. trollaikman8 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:58 PM

    It’s because of guys like Tarvaris Jackson that Tim Tebow deserves a shot at QB.

    So long as a bum like Jackson is under center, Tebow should be allowed to be a backup QB on some bad roster.

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