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Week 5 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 26, Kansas City Chiefs 20

Dallas Cowboys

QB Tony Romo, Pass: 20 - 34 - 351 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0

Romo continued his transformation into a sound game manager with the ability to make something happen when the play breaks down. He peppered the Chiefs defense with quick, short, accurate throws that kept them on their heels. Romo saw the field well and made hair-trigger decisions to find the open receiver before the pressure could get to him. He could have had up to three more touchdown passes on the day, but he was either a little off or victimized by drops. If he continues to play with this kind of patience and precision, Romo will stay in the fantasy QB1 ranks

RB Marion Barber, Rush: 15 - 53 - 0 (1 targets)

Barber ran better than his numbers indicate. He ran with good spring in his legs, but he rarely had a big hole to run through. Barber was often relegated to picking through small openings at the line of scrimmage instead of building up a head of steam as he got to the second level of the defense. He had one of his better runs called back due to a penalty, and he also had a good run on a draw, which was also the kind of run that Tashard Choice had a lot of success on vs. the Chiefs. Barber did break through to the third level once, but he lacked the second gear to turn the run into a touchdown.

RB Tashard Choice, Rush: 8 - 92 - 1 (1 targets)

Choice was the complementary, but much more productive back on this day. The draws and delays that Choice got were creating much better holes and gaps for him to run through than the conventional runs that the Cowboys called for Barber. He was also running with good power and determination, putting his head down at the end of runs and getting yards after contact. Choice scored the Cowboys first TD on the day with great open field acceleration that made last line of defense Jarrad Page take a bad angle once Choice got into the open. He also broke a run outside for a long gain in overtime that helped the Cowboys get out of the shadow of their own goalpost before the game-winning catch and run by Miles Austin.

WR Miles Austin, Rec: 10 - 250 - 2 (15 targets)

Austin vaulted from obscurity to the front page of sports sections with a career day that could have been even more mind-boggling. He started quietly, but did get behind the defense in the end zone early, only to be slightly overthrown by Romo. Austin attempted to tip the ball to himself, but couldn't control the ball before he left the end zone. Austin threw a big block that foreshadowed the physical play that would make his banner day. He did his damage on short throws that he turned into long gains by breaking the initial tackle and then running away from the defense. He had two touchdowns (including the game-winner) and another long gain in this fashion. Austin also took a big hit to convert a big third-down over the middle and ripped away an underthrown deep ball from a defensive back for another long gain. Austin had at least two other end zone targets that were either poorly thrown by Romo or dropped - he could have had four touchdowns on the day if things had gone a little better.

WR Patrick Crayton, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (8 targets)

Crayton made a few important catches to move the sticks, including a catch over the middle that he took some punishment to make, but he mainly played tentative, including a muffed punt, a fumble that was nullified by a "stopped forward progress" call, and a bad drop.

WR Sam Hurd, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)

Hurd was quiet in Roy Williams absence. He had a chance to catch a touchdown, but Tony Romo threw behind him and Hurd couldn't make the tough catch.

TE Jason Witten, Rec: 5 - 47 - 0 (6 targets)

Witten operated as Romo's security blanket. He found soft spots in the zone to sit down in underneath, and ran hard after the catch. He didn't break any big gains or make any highlight catches, but still played an important role, moving the offense in seven to eleven yard increments and providing a sure-handed checkdown for Romo.

TE Martellus Bennett (1 targets)

Sunday added another chapter to Bennett's anonymous season. He did break open over the middle on one play, but Romo did not have the time to find him.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel, Pass: 23 - 41 - 253 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 28 - 0

Cassel had a wild game, but made some big plays when it counted. He was under pressure all day, but used his legs to create yardage when nothing came open. He had trouble putting the right touch on the ball, often putting too much heat on short passes. Cassel did have a good feel for eluding pressure when it came, and he settled down in the second half when the Chiefs called more quick passes to offset the Cowboys pass rush. He made the game-tying TD pass on 4th and seven in the red zone, and his other TD pass was on a third and goal throw to Mike Vrabel at the one. He generally was more accurate on throws over the middle of the field than throws to the outside, and looked as good as he has in his short career with the Chiefs.

RB Larry Johnson, Rush: 21 - 37 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)

Time after time, Johnson was met in the backfield or given no room to run at the line of scrimmage. It was hard to tell if he has lost any burst because he never had a chance to really get up to speed. LJ got about half of his yardage on a pair of runs in a long fourth quarter drive, so stamina is not an issue. He did have two carries inside the five that were unsuccessful before Cassel's TD pass to Mike Vrabel, so the Chiefs are still feeding him the rare times that they do get in a goal to go situation.

RB Jamaal Charles, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0, Rec: 5 - 54 - 0 (7 targets)

Charles played important role as a receiver in the two-minute drill and had a few change of pace carries, but he still hasn't risen to the level of a true committee back.

WR Dwayne Bowe, Rec: 5 - 74 - 1 (10 targets)

Bowe wasn't heard from too much early in the game. He did snag a laser from Cassel over the middle in the first half for a 20 yard gain, but didn't catch another ball until the fourth quarter, when he caught three including the game-tying TD on fourth and seven in the game's final minute. Bowe had a catch in overtime on third and long that wasn't even for the first down. It doesn't appear that the Chiefs are making any special attempt to get him involved in the passing game.

WR Bobby Wade, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0 (8 targets)

Wade didn't have much of an effect on this game until the desperation fourth quarter drive, when he caught a 25-yard pass over the middle to convert a third-and-14 to get the Chiefs into Cowboys territory. He was open over the middle on a play in the first half, but Cassel didn't put any touch on the fireball pass and the play resulted in an incompletion.

WR Mark Bradley, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 3 - 35 - 0 (7 targets)

Bradley didn't do too much in this game, but he was featured in the scripted part of the game plan, getting the deep target on a flea flicker that drew a holding penalty from the Cowboys, and a touch on a double reverse that went nowhere. Bradley showed a good burst running after the catch on one of his targets, and the Chiefs obviously view him as a playmaker, but it didn't come together in this game.

TE Sean Ryan, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (4 targets)

Ryan worked the middle of the field for a few receptions, but his biggest catch of the day was called back by a penalty, and he wasn't a big part of the Chiefs passing attack for the most part.