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Cowboys-Seahawks: Five things to watch

Dez Bryant hasn’t been in uniform since suffering a broken foot in the season opener. His return Sunday would boost the Cowboys’ flagging offense.
Dez Bryant hasn’t been in uniform since suffering a broken foot in the season opener. His return Sunday would boost the Cowboys’ flagging offense. Star-Telegram

Change has been a constant for the Dallas Cowboys this season.

The latest includes the backfield, where Darren McFadden moves into the starting lineup.

Joseph Randle, who injured his back against the New York Giants and has personal issues to resolve, will not be available today.

Regardless, the Cowboys face a stiff challenge against Seattle to try to snap a four-game losing streak, the longest in coach Jason Garrett’s career.

Here are five things to watch:

Dez Bryant’s return?

Bryant has practiced in some capacity all week and could return to game action. Bryant has missed five consecutive games recovering from a broken right foot, and the Cowboys have clearly missed his playmaking ability in the midst of a four-game losing streak. His return would breathe new life into a struggling offense.

Eyes on McFadden

McFadden flashed his potential last Sunday against the New York Giants, posting one of his best career games. Now it’s on him to keep it going and help the Cowboys establish a consistent running game. McFadden should get plenty of opportunities, too, with Randle out today and maybe longer while facing a possible NFL suspension.

Cassel’s encore

Nobody expected Matt Cassel to be the savior for the Cowboys, especially those who remember how his days in Kansas City ended. Cassel showed his flaws by throwing three interceptions in his debut against the Giants, including a pick-six. He also showed that he isn’t afraid to take chances down the field. He opened up the offense more than Brandon Weeden had.

Turnovers, please

It’s no secret that turnover margin ranks among the top statistics in determining the outcome of the game. The Cowboys’ defense is well aware of this, which makes the lack of takeaways over the past four games that much more frustrating. The defense continues to work on it in practice but must translate that into games. They have the players to do it, too, considering they ranked second in the league in takeaways a season ago with 31.

Greg Hardy watch

Hardy made more headlines last week for his sideline antics that were OK’d and supported by his teammates and coaching staff. But cameras will surely be following No. 76 on Sunday, seeing how he controls his emotions a week after creating a stir. On the field, Hardy has delivered on his “sacks coming” promise with three in his first two games.

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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