ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys are in control after one half against the Lions with a 20-3 lead at the break. Don't forget: The Lions rallied from a big deficit last week to beat Minnesota in overtime.
Dan Bailey makes another kick: Rookie kicker Dan Bailey converted a 41-yard field with 6:28 remaining to give the Cowboys a 17-0 lead, then finished the half with a 35-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 20-3 lead. Bailey has made his last 10 field-goal attempts since missing a 21-yarder in the Week 2 game at San Francisco. Bailey is 5 for 5 from 40-49 yards this season. Overall, Bailey has missed just one kick.
Laurent Robinson making plays: The popular theme was for the Cowboys to pick up a veteran receiver. That was not part of the discussion at Valley Ranch. Laurent Robinson is a veteran receiver who played with two other teams before the Cowboys signed him. In the first half, Robinson finished with four catches for 85 yards. His biggest catch was for 44 yards when on a play action pass, Tony Romo found him deep for a completion. Robinson has good hands and speed. The biggest issue is his health. When he was first signed by the Cowboys he suffered a hamstring injury. The Cowboys cut him but brought him back. Now he's getting more snaps than Kevin Ogletree, the projected starter with Miles Austin out with his injury.
Calvin Johnson slowed down: Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he'd take Miles Austin and Dez Bryant over Calvin Johnson. Jason Garrett called Johnson the best player in the NFL. Well, on Sunday afternoon, Johnson was held without a catch in the first quarter and had just three catches for 38 yards in the half. the Cowboys jammed him at the line of scrimmage, which they did with Terence Newman on a third-and-10 at the Cowboys 15. Johnson's first catch came with 6:17 left in the half.