The Saints ended the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak last weekend, but they couldn’t cool off wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Bryant scored twice, running his streak of games with at least one touchdown to seven, and reeled in nine catches for 224 yards overall to continue a second half that’s been vital to putting the Cowboys in position to win the division with a win in Week 17. The performance in the last couple of weeks is even more remarkable because of the left finger injury that’s left Bryant south of 100 percent, a state of affairs his coach Jason Garrett says hasn’t affected him at all.
“He’s playing pretty well. There’s no question about that. He’s done an amazing job with that finger. It doesn’t seem to faze him in any way shape or form. He made a couple of really big plays in the ballgame early for us, running the 9 route, making the play over his head and then catching a slant and breaking a couple of tackles to score. Not only did he make those plays, but he made a number of other plays in the game,” Garrett said, via ESPNDallas.com. “I think he’s grown. I think he’s playing with a great deal of confidence. He and (Tony Romo) have a really, really good relationship. They’re seeing the field the same way. He’s been good. There’s no question about that.”
No question at all. Bryant and Romo have been a tremendous part of the reason why the Cowboys have been able to move their way back into the race for a division title despite a 3-5 start and an injury-riddled defense. They will likely need to remain at that high level for the Cowboys to come up with the win they need in Washington on Sunday night.