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Porous defense, spotty offense give Cowboys bigger worries than Bryant's sideline tantrums

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a 54-yard reception against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a 54-yard reception against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) scores on a 1-yard touchdown run against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) scores on a 1-yard touchdown run against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls in a 54-yard reception as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) and Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath (38) defends in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls in a 54-yard reception as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) and Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath (38) defends in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)  (The Associated Press)

Dez Bryant and Jason Witten shouted at each other in a sideline scene that overshadowed a stunning loss, with the potential to reverberate if the Dallas Cowboys let it.

Bryant's antics are the least of the problems for Dallas with a defense facing more injury issues after allowing a last-second touchdown and the most yards in franchise history in Detroit's 31-30 win.

The offense is sputtering, too, after consecutive hit-and-miss games without brittle running back DeMarco Murray, who is likely to return Sunday against Minnesota.

The Cowboys say they've put a pair of second-half tantrums from Bryant behind them, and Tony Romo says they have to make sure they don't get hung up on the Detroit loss.

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