Cowboys Bye Week: Bright Spots Among The Doom And Gloom

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Sure, the Cowboys are coming off a 34-18 pasting from the Bears, and played some very poor football in the process. But some things did look promising.

Now that we're a little removed from that disaster that was the Cowboys and Bears game on Monday night, we can look back and see some good things that came out of that game. They might be minor when compared to the things that went wrong, but they exist nonetheless, so let's take a look.

1. Jason Witten's return. Not return from injury, but return to form. Plenty of Cowboys were dropping footballs on Monday night, but not Witten. The All-World tight end caught 13 passes (on 14 targets), gobbled up 112 yards and scored a late TD. Now that's more like it.

2. How about that new punter, Brian Moorman? Two of his punts were perfect wedge shots that stopped up short of the goal line, both times leaving Chicago starting at their six-yard line. He was fine on his holds for Dan Bailey, too. Nice pickup in an emergency situation.

3. Think about the fact that the offensive line actually did a decent job in protecting Tony Romo. Romo was officially sacked once, but Henry Melton also forced the interception by Lance Briggs, so that's basically another. Outside of that he was hit once, and faced a handful of 'hurries'. That's not a bad effort against a front-seven like the Bears have. Most of the game Romo was working from a relatively decent pocket. The problem was his receivers couldn't catch the ball, and he misfired on a couple of important throws.

The o-line is still struggling to create running lanes, but in this game, they showed some semblance of being able to protect Romo, although it was wasted. Phil Costa returns after the bye, and with Ryan Cook working out fairly well, Mackenzy Bernadeau should see some pine going forward. Maybe this line will start improving after the bye and generate some consistency.

4. Sean Lee is not Chuck Norris. He is the thing Chuck Norris fears most.

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