Breaking Down the Dallas Cowboys' Most Surprising Players of the Early Season

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Breaking Down the Dallas Cowboys' Most Surprising Players of the Early Season
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We're now two weeks into the season and the Dallas Cowboys find themselves sitting right in the middle of the pack with a 1-1 record. In that short period of time, we've witnessed and experienced the highest of highs by beating the New York Giants and the lowest of lows by getting embarrassed and outplayed by the Seattle Seahawks.

All in two weeks!

The Cowboys will always rely on a core group of players lead by Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Sean Lee and Jason Witten, but a handful of players have turned in some surprisingly top-notch performances thus far both individually and collectively.

But that's what it's going to take to win games for this 2012 version of the Dallas Cowboys. Total and complete team efforts that extend beyond the core group, holding every member of the roster accountable and sticking to the next-man-up philosophy is going to be the basis for a large degree of success for this team.

It's hard to gauge the barometer of a football team just based off preseason alone and two regular season games, but the Cowboys are quickly finding out the identity of this team. Has this team learned anything about mental toughness? Does it have enough depth? Can it compete consistently against a competitive NFC?

I know it's very early in the season and impossible to answer those types of questions after a disgusting performance, but, on a positive note, I want to highlight some surprising performers in this early season. 

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