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The Cowboys need two guys to start connecting - and fast

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There's two offensive offensive players on the Dallas Cowboys who need to start getting on the same page, writes ESPN's Todd Archer. 

Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant. 

"In the individual competetion period of practice, Bryant caught a touchdown pass against cornerback Orlando Scandrick and celebrated with a dunk on the goal post.

"On that day, it looked like the Prescott-to-Bryant connection was ready for a breakout 2017," wrote Archer. 

Prescott has targeted Bryant 25 times over two games, connecting on nine receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.

“They’ve made some good plays and other times not as good,” coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s just a byproduct of playing together and being in those situations over and over and over again and getting comfortable with each other.”

Last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos was the 15th regular-season game for Prescott with Bryant. They have combined for 59 receptions for 898 yards and nine touchdowns. In the final 15 starts with Tony Romo and Bryant in 2014 and ’15, the receiver had 61 catches for 975 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The biggest difference in the Prescott-to-Bryant numbers and the Romo-to-Bryant numbers is the completion percentage, writes Archer.

In his final 15 starts with Romo, 66.3 percent of the passes thrown to Bryant were complete (61 of 92). In the first 15 with Prescott, just 48.8 percent of the throws have been completed (59 of 121).

“You have to look at it in the context of the throws,” Garrett said when asked about the “batting average” of a quarterback and receiver. “Sometimes a particular receiver might have a really high percentage, but you’re throwing him high percentage balls where you anticipate throwing and catching. And other times you’re more vertical with the receiver. You’re down the field more. You’re making more challenging throws where the percentage of the completion will be lower. Obviously you want to throw and catch them all and you want to have them for big gains, but that’s not always the case. But that’s why you watch the tape.”

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