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Cassel adds more pop to Cowboys’ offense

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel completed six passes of 20 or more yards against the New York Giants Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel completed six passes of 20 or more yards against the New York Giants Sunday.

Nobody is excusing the three interceptions thrown by quarterback Matt Cassel in the Cowboys’ loss to the New York Giants.

They were the difference in the game, especially the one returned 58 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

But the Cowboys feel good about Cassel’s overall performance. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 227 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in his first game since coming in a trade with Buffalo on Sept. 22.

They believe it’s something they can build on — especially the 80-yard game-tying touchdowns drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 25-yard strike to Devin Street.

“I think Matt did a lot of good things in the game,” Garrett said. “I think for the most part he made a lot of good decisions and a lot of good throws in the game. The obvious mistakes that he made were the interceptions. Those were big plays.

“But gotta love how he competed. I thought he made a lot of great plays, particularly late in the game.”

Cassell had six passes of 20 yards or more against the Giants. The Cowboys had just six in the previous three games combined with Brandon Weeden at quarterback.

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