Dez Bryant is making sure his name become synonymous with the Pro Bowl.
On Sunday, Bryant caught five passes for 73 yards with one touchdown in the Cowboys dominating performance over the Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Tony Romo made it look easy for Bryant as he threw four touchdown passes and missed just two throws out of 20 attempts in compiling a 151.7 quarterback rating.
A hot quarterback helps.
“I know people don’t want to listen to me, but hopefully they’ll start,” Bryant said of his quarterback. “But Tony is doing what Tony do.”
An even hotter receiver also provides some comfort as well. In the past three weeks, Bryant has been targeted 21 times and caught 17 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns.
On the year, Bryant is first in the NFL touchdown catches (14), 10th in receptions (84) and ninth in yards (1,221). There shouldn’t be any doubt regarding Bryant’s trip to the Pro Bowl game this year, or even the amount of All-Pro votes he will receive.
With one game remaining, Bryant has a chance to tie or surpass the franchise record for touchdown catches in a season, 15, set by Terrell Owens in 2007. He also has produced the 11th best single-season performance for a receiver in franchise history in yards. He can easily move up the ranks should he play in the regular-season finale at Washington on Sunday. He just needs 12 yards to move past Bob Hayes (1,232) for 10th best in Cowboys' history and is 161 yards from tying his career-high mark of 1,382, which is the fourth-best mark in franchise history.
“It’s cool, but there’s nothing to be excited about,” Bryant said. “We know what we’re after, and we got another opportunity. We got to go back to the drawing board and seeing where we are we’re going to stay together and we’ve done a damn good job.”