Cowboys on the mark with Bryant's targets

Landover -- The Cowboys showed across the board improvement in their win against Washington.

That included rectifying a glaring issue from the season opener when receiver Dez Bryan was targeted just 5 times.

That's unacceptable. It took the Cowboys an extra week, but they figured it out

"This is an outstanding offense with a lot of play-makers," said Bryant.  "You know you just got to be patient."

From the opening kick, the Cowboys made it clear Bryant would be a focal point.  He was targeted five times in the first quarter alone. That's the same number as the entire game in week one.

"I don't know if its anything special that we did," said quarterback Dak Prescott.  "We just moved him from outside to inside a couple times, but we've been running the same plays we've been running since training camp."

10 of Bryant's 12 chances took place when all-pro cornerback Josh Norman was covering someone else.

The Cowboys will try to sell they didn't do things much differently today.  Don't buy it.  They moved Bryant around, and when they got a favorable matchup, they exploited it, as they should.

"We move him around.  He's done a variety of things for us," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.  "That's why he's been so productive throughout his career. Today was no different."

Bryant didn't score, but five of his seven catches were for 15 yards or more - plays that are productive and give the offense a psychological push, as well.

"Football is very much a game of momentum," said center Travis Frederick.  "You always fight against that negative momentum, and it's positive momentum for us."

With Bryant being so involved throughout the day, on one of the game's most pivotal moments, a 3rd and 11 at the Washington 22, the Cowboys easily identified and executed exactly what they wanted.

Bryant beat Breshaud Breland, as he had several times on the day, setting up the Cowboys with a first and goal at the 6 yard line.  Prescott scored on a keeper and the Cowboys held serve in a back-and-forth second half.

"If we just continue doing the things we're doing things are going to be great for us." said Bryant.

With the way the Cowboys are constructed, and the way their defense plays, you can get used to games like today. The kind of game that features big plays and goes down to the wire.

And for the Cowboys to keep pace in game like this, double-digit targets for Dez Bryant are a must, even if that means forcing it to him.


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