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September 20, 2010

Well, there were a couple of good things

As difficult as it may be to believe, the Cowboys did perform well in some areas in their loss to the Bears on Sunday. In the Bears’ regular season opener, running back Matt Forte had 201 total yards and two TDs.

On Sunday against the Cowboys, he had 66 total yards, although he still scored one touchdown.

And the Cowboys offense did a good job keeping defensive end Julius Peppers out of the backfield. Peppers had a forced fumble and sack against the Lions in Week 1 and the sack resulted in Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford having to leave the game with an injury.

But Peppers had only one quarterback hit on Sunday.

“One of our goals was to stop the running back who had over 200 yards the week before and Peppers, who killed the quarterback the week before,” Phillips said. “We were trying to accomplish keep them don and I thought we did a pretty good job on both of them.”

Phillips said Doug Free was blocking against Peppers most of the time. “Yea, and we keep our tight ends quiet a bit. We did what we thought it took slow a great player.”

-- Jan Hubbard

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