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WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 225Born: 11-4-1988College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Week 13: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are standing at 8-3 coming into this matchup - the teams are in a two-way race for the NFC East crown with New York and Washington out of the picture at 3-8. This is the first game of the two scheduled regular-season meetings between the clubs, at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys are 3-3 so far this season. Dallas comes home after a successful two-game road trip - Tony Romo threw for 18/26 for 275 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions at New York last Sunday, and 20/27 for 246 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions 'at' Jacksonville in Week 10. During that time frame, only three Cowboys have seen more than five targets: Dez Bryant (17 targets for 13/244/4 receiving), Jason Witten (13 for 9/63/2), and DeMarco Murray (10 targets for 8/53/0). Cole Beasley seems to have supplanted Terrance Williams as the 'other' wideout in the mix with Bryant, with two targets for 2/66/1 at New York and one for 1/11/0 'at' Jacksonville - Williams saw two targets for 1/18/0 receiving at New York over the last two weeks. In fantasy terms, Bryant and Witten are the main receivers for Romo heading into this divisional showdown. The Eagles' pass D is not strong, having allowed 20/39 for 299 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception to rookie Zach Mettenberger (with five sacks taken for -46 yards) and 24/38 for 365 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (one sack for -2 yards) to the Packers over the past two games. To date, the Eagles secondary averages 266.3 net passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with a hefty 24 passing scores given up over 11 games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (second) generated so far. Dallas isn't particularly susceptible to allowing sacks, ranking 11th in the NFL with 21 sacks given up to date. At home this week, Dallas has a great matchup in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs ARI 0 0 0 10 2 15 1 0
10 at JAX 0 0 0 8 6 158 2 0
12 at NYG 0 0 0 9 7 86 2 0
13 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
13 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 158 / 2 rec)

Bryant had his way with an overmatched Jacksonville secondary with all of his production coming in the first half. Both of his touchdowns were long catch-and-run forays, showing off his punt return-like ability and ferocity against defenders in the open field. In a more competitive game and playing the entire way, Bryant was in for a record-setting performance. While frustrated with Brandon Weeden and a stingy Arizona defense last week, the elixir for Bryant this week was a leaky Jacksonville pass defense and Tony Romo back under center.

2014 Week 12 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 86 / 2 rec)

The overall volume of the Cowboys passing game was low against the Giants, 26 attempts, but Bryant saw 35% of the passes from Tony Romo. After a slow first half as Dallas behind, Bryant turned it on over the final 30 minutes. Bryant shook free on a crossing route as Romo rolled from the pocket. After catching the wide open pass, Bryant turned up field and was not met by a defender until reaching the pylon. With one minute remaining in the game, Dallas took the lead for good as Bryant hauled in the pass as he crossed the back of the end zone. On the play, Romo had close to eight seconds to deliver the game-winning score. Outside of those two touchdowns, Bryant was well-defensed and kept in front of the Giants secondary. Like the great ones typically do, Bryant eventually made his mark on the game with impactful plays late.


Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant more likely to receive tag (Sun Nov 16, 10:17 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant appears to be the more likely candidate to receive the franchise tag than RB DeMarco Murray. Both Bryant and Murray will be free agents after the season. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones had a brief meeting with Bryant's new agents, but no deal is close at this time.

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