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Cowboys have one of better games without Tony Romo, but not enough

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant finished with five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant finished with five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys offense offered the good, the bad and the unreal Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cowboys had one of their better offensive showings since Tony Romo fractured his left collarbone in the Week 2 victory over the Eagles. They finished with 411 yards in a 33-27 overtime loss.

Running back Darren McFadden outgained ex Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

McFadden, signed the day after Murray signed with the Eagles, recorded his 15th career 100-yard game with 117 yards on 27 carries. It marked the first time in his career that he has had three consecutive games with 20-plus carries.

Since taking over as the feature running back three games ago, McFadden has 76 carries for 333 yards.

Murray, who led the league in rushing with 1,845 yards last season, had 83 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Cole Beasley broke out with his first career 100-yard game. After going back-to-back games with no catches, Beasley made nine catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second career two-touchdown game.

Dez Bryant offered the unreal in his second game from a fractured right foot.

A week after making only two catches for 12 yards in his return against the Seahawks, Bryant made two receptions for 57 yards on the Cowboys’ first possession. He finished with five for 104 yards and a touchdown.

His biggest contribution came on a pass Matt Cassel threw up for grabs in the end zone. Cassel spun out of a sack, ran to his left and tossed the ball to the back of the end zone, where Bryant, Terrance Williams and Lucky Whitehead all were standing. So were Eagles defenders E.J. Biggers, Chris Maragos and Nolan Carroll.

But Bryant outjumped everybody for an 18-yard touchdown that tied the game at 21-21 with 10:52 left.

Cassel had his best night in three starts, but threw a pick-six and never got a chance in overtime. His record with the Cowboys fell to 0-3, the same as Brandon Weeden.

The Cowboys have not won with a quarterback other than Romo since the meaningless season finale in 2010 against Philadelphia with Stephen McGee at the helm. They are 6-15 without Romo since he became the starter in 2006.

Cassel finished 25-of-38 for 299 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

The interception was costly as Texas ex Jordan Hicks returned it 67 yards for a touchdown to give Philadelphia a 21-14 lead with 12:47 left.

It was the rookie linebacker’s sack on Romo in Week 2 that fractured the quarterback’s collarbone.

The Cowboys get one more opportunity to win without Romo when they travel to Tampa Bay for a game against the Bucs on Sunday. The Bucs (3-5) have a better record than the Cowboys (2-6).

Romo expects to return to the lineup the following week for a game against the Miami Dolphins.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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