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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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The Dallas Cowboys had a peculiar week one win over the New York Giants as Eli Manning managed to both impress and falter, throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions.

While the Dallas defense struggled to slow Manning and the Giants’ offense, they also managed to score a clutch, late-game touchdown off of an interception. As head coach Jason Garrett leads his squad to the Midwest to play the Kansas City Chiefs, the team will need a better overall performance to guarantee a win.

There were several Cowboys who played well in week one, including Romo, DeMarco Murray, Miles Austin and Jason Witten. Romo did throw one interception, but his target, Terrance Williams, admitted that he missed Romo’s call at the line to change the route, according to The Dallas Morning News. Austin surprised most by being the leading receiver on the day with 72 yards, but Witten stole the show with 70 yards and two touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, three Cowboys had interceptions, including Brandon Carr and the sometimes questionable DeMarcus Ware. Ware’s interception was just about the only action he saw all day as he did not have a single tackle or sack in the game and stayed fairly quiet other than that first-play pick. The defense also managed to recover three fumbles, two of which were forced. Overall, the defensive side looked shabby in between the turnovers as Manning picked apart the secondary for 450 yards.

Do not let the Chiefs’ NFL-leading defensive numbers fool you. With a week one matchup against the less-than-mediocre Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chiefs’ statistics are inflated. The Cowboys are better on both sides of the ball than the Jags and will prove to be a difficult task for their hosts. With that being said, let’s dive right in to my slideshow of five Cowboys who will shine in the week two matchup against the Chiefs.

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George Selvie

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The casual Cowboys fan may not yet know George Selvie’s name, but get used to hearing it. The journeyman enters his fifth year having played for three different teams in his first four seasons before joining the Cowboys. Selvie looked great as he stepped up to fill the big hole left by Anthony Spencer’s injury. The 6-4, 270 pound defensive end hassled Manning with a sack (pictured above with teammate Nick Hayden) and two QB hits. Combining those stats with the fumble he recovered, Selvie put together a solid performance and you can expect him to keep that up against the Chiefs.

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Dez Bryant

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I honestly could have put just about any one of the Cowboys’ receiving core members as the Chiefs do not have a great defensive secondary. Dez Bryant gets my nod today as a way to silence the critics who got on his back after a ho-hum performance in the opening week. Even though Bryant only hauled in four catches for 22 yards in that game, you must remember that he struggled against the double team all game long and had to fight around a minor injury to his foot. Bryant is listed as probable for Sunday’s game in Kansas City and was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Expect Bryant to redeem himself against a Chiefs defense that was middle of the pack in stopping the passing game last season.

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Barry Church

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Barry Church did it all for the Cowboys defense on Sunday night. He recorded eight tackles while seven were solo tackles. Church also scooped and scored on a fumble early in the third quarter, giving the Cowboys a 10-point lead. In order for Monte Kiffin’s new defensive scheme to work, Church will need to be playing well at safety.

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Tony Romo

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As I said before, the Chiefs did not excel at preventing the passing game from going off in 2012. As such, all Tony Romo needs to do is have a slightly above average day in order to shine in Kansas City. Expect Romo to be passing all over the field and leading the Cowboys offensively, per normal.

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Bruce Carter

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Bruce Carter was the defensive rock for the Cowboys in week one. He did not have the flashy stats that came up in the box score like Church or Ware, but he led the team in tackles and also added a sack. Carter held down the fort at the line backer position and will continue to lead the Cowboys defense in week two.

That does it for my slideshow. I would love to read your comments about whether or not you agree with these five players or if you think there will be any other Cowboys that shine against the Chiefs. Thanks for reading!