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Rapid Reaction: Dallas Cowboys

LONDON -- A few thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys' 31-17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

What it means: One could say the most important part of the win was the fact that Tony Romo made it out of the game healthy, but in reality, ending their two-game losing streak as even more crucial for the Cowboys.

It was imperative the Cowboys get to 7-3 at the bye week with four of their final six games on the road. The Cowboys did what they should have done against a bad team and they were helped by their opponent, too.

After the Jaguars took a 7-3 lead, the Cowboys were the beneficiary of a muffed punt. Three plays later, Romo threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten, and the Cowboys were en route to scoring 28 straight points. The Cowboys had three touchdowns of 35 yards or more -- by Dez Bryant (35 and 68 yards) and Joseph Randle (40) -- for the first time since Week 5 of the 2009 season, when Miles Austin said hello to the NFL world with a club-record 250 receiving yards at Kansas City.

At 7-3, the Cowboys are one win from equaling their win total in each of the past three seasons. Perhaps this 8-8 ride is over.

Bouncing back: It's been a rough two games for Bryant, but he said during the week there was something about London that had him flying. Evidently. Bryant caught six passes for 158 yards and had two touchdowns. The Cowboys moved him around and got the ball to him in a variety of ways. On his 35-yard catch, he caught the ball underneath as the Cowboys ran the other receivers deep and Bryant did the rest after the catch. On his 68-yarder, he simply ran by Dwayne Gratz and shrugged off a tackle before taking a hit at the goal line. It was one of those special plays that can be made by only a few receivers in the league. Oh, and every catch and every yard came in the second quarter.

Game ball: Romo has played through injury before but the Cowboys really needed him Sunday after losing two straight games. He was not perfect nor was he perfectly healthy, but he was efficient. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. For the most part he was able to avoid the big hits, though he was sacked in the third quarter. Wisely, the Cowboys took him out of the game to rest him and make sure he was not subject to a big hit.

Stock watch: Anthony Hitchens has started games at middle linebacker, weakside linebacker and strongside linebacker this season. On Sunday, he started at middle linebacker and directed a defense that held Jacksonville in check after an 80-yard drive to open the game. Hitchens played well enough that the Cowboys did not have to use Rolando McClain, who was active after a pregame workout following a week in which he didn't practice. For the second time this season, Hitchens stopped a fourth-down run, meeting Toby Gerhart in the hole in the third quarter. The Cowboys were unable to take advantage of the stop, but Hitchens set the tone.

What's next: The Cowboys will fly back to Dallas on Monday and begin their bye week. The Cowboys are scheduled to practice Tuesday through Thursday before getting the weekend off. Their next game is Nov. 23 at the New York Giants, starting a span of three games in 11 days.