Five things to watch in today’s Dallas Cowboys game

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1Single cover on Dez

Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs put their best cornerback on Dez Bryant and thought they could hold their own. The Cowboys burned them out of it. Now it might be time for more safety help and double coverage, a la the New York Giants in Week 1. And why not? Bryant averaged 118.5 yards receiving at home last season.

2The Waters effect

It looks like six-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters is ready to enter the starting lineup. The Cowboys have high hopes that his presence will help the running game, which is already showings signs of being as weak as it was last year. The Cowboys have been OK running left. Waters might help the right side get up to speed.

3Red zone approach

When the Cowboys threw the ball into the end zone last week, they were successful. Dez Bryant had a touchdown catch. When they did not, they couldn’t score six. Terrance Williams was stopped on a third-down screen. For the season, the Cowboys are 2 for 4 on red zone touchdowns.

4Linebacker depth

For two weeks, the Cowboys’ linebackers have been trying to get their depth right. The Giants and Chiefs both have had success drawing the linebackers up and then throwing over them. Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are getting closer to finding the proper depth so that unit can start making plays.

5Sack chances

The Rams have not allowed a sack of Sam Bradford in their past four games, both this year and the last two games of last year. Bradford releases the ball quickly, and the Rams use chips and double teams to ward off the opponents’ best pass rushers. The Cowboys have seven sacks in two games.

— Carlos Mendez

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