At Least One Cowboys Play Worked Against The Saints

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We've been talking about a lot of negative things this week, so let's look at one play that did work.

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We'll take a moment to get away from all the doom and gloom from the Saints debacle and highlight a play that was run with precision, and a player who has been making the most of his rookie season. Third-round draft pick Terrance Williams is having a breakout season in his rookie year, at a position that usually takes a few years to get acclimated to in the NFL.

The Cowboys tried to make a mini-run in the second half of the Saints game and the impetus of that was a touchdown strike to Williams from Tony Romo. It's true I've been giving Romo a hard time on this site recently, but on this pass he was right on the money.

Williams and Romo ran this play just like it was drawn up. It started with Williams running what looks like an ordinary slant pattern, Romo maintains the subterfuge by staring Williams down and drawing up the corner.

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Once Williams has the corner biting on the slant, he plants and heads back up field to the corner of the endzone. Precision route-running sets this up beautifully.Twill2_medium

Romo is already watching this happen, his staring down of Williams is part of the sell on the double move. Once he sees Williams clear, he arches a pass that is right on the money, dropping right into Williams' hands in the endzone.

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Here's another view from Romo's perspective.

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If only the Cowboys and Romo could have cooked up more plays like this on Sunday, we could have had a ball game. As it is, Williams continues to show the ability to score and to take some of the pressure off of Dez Bryant. The Cowboys just need to find ways to make more plays like this.

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