—Coach Jason Garrett said he trusted rookie kicker Dan Bailey to make a game-winning, 49-yard field goal against the Cardinals because of the success Bailey has had in similar situations earlier in the season.
Bailey had made 26 straight field goals coming into the game.
“He’s been so good in those situations,” Garrett said. “He’s made four game-winning kicks for us in similar kind of situations, so the biggest thing that we were trying to do at that point was give him a chance to do that. He’s been so good.
“We’ve managed those situations in very similar fashion earlier in the year. If you remember in San Francisco, the first Washington game, the second Washington game and also against Miami, we just wanted to make sure he had an opportunity to kick the game-winner, and we gave him the chance to do that, and unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us (Sunday).”
—Garrett blames the Cowboys’ declining run production on opponents using eight- and nine-man fronts to stop the run.
Rookie running back DeMarco Murray has seemingly come back to Earth after rushing for 601 yards in his first four games as a starter. He has just 198 the past three games to combined, including just 38 on 12 carries against the Cardinals. Arizona used a lot of run blitzes to contain Murray, just as the Redskins and Dolphins did the previous two games, according to Garrett.
“Well, the style of defenses that we’ve played the last few weeks typically are geared to stopping the run,” Garrett said. “They like to have an eighth guy down around the line of scrimmage. They like to run-blitz a lot. And it’s really been each of the last three opponents.
“So, what we’ve found you have to do is you have to find a way to run the ball in those situations anyway, and you have to throw the ball well enough to hopefully chase them out of that defense. At different times (Sunday) and over the past few weeks, we’ve been able to do that, and at other times we haven’t been quite as good. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to keep working to be able to do that and create the balance that we need on offense.”