@ Washington/Redskins,It was ugly, one the Cowboys and their fans would just as soon forget.
Even though Dallas came into this opening night game as the better team on paper, they knew they had a lot working against them. A rabid FedExField crowd, a new Redskins head coach in Mike Shanahan, and of course, a very familiar Donovan McNabb at quarterback.
But in the end, despite what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown, it was the Cowboys and their own mistakes that haunted them. Penalties, including one on the very last play, an inability to get in the end zone and one very bad decision ultimately doomed them in a 13-7 defeat.Chicago/Bears,The discouraging trend continued, the home opener showing similar traits to those in the season-opening loss to Washington - mistakes and sloppy play. The offense repeatedly hurt itself with turnovers and stalled drives while the defense did their best to keep the team in the game, but even they fell susceptible to the big play as Chicago took away a 27-20 victory in front of a crowd of 85,168.Houston/Texans,
Their backs against the wall after dropping the first two games of the season, the Cowboys traveled down I-45 to Houston and came away with a 27-13 victory over their instate rivals. In doing so, Dallas finally shook off their offensive doldrums, Tony Romo taking advantage of his many weapons to pick apart the Texans' secondary.
Stop the run. The key to beating the Titans was repeated all week leading up to the game. Stop the run.Unfortunately, the Cowboys couldn't stop themselves.All-world Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson did get his, finishing the game with two touchdowns and 131 yards on 19 carries, a 6.9 yard-per-carry average. But what really hurt the Cowboys in this game were turnovers, sacks and inopportune penalties repeatedly stalling drives in a 34-27 loss in front of 90,161 fans.@ Minnesota/Vikings,The Cowboys keep saying their problems with penalties, turnovers and just general mistakes are going to get corrected.We're still waiting.In losing to Minnesota,24-21, at the site of their playoff loss last year, once again the Cowboys turned out to be their own worst enemy as another high-powered offensive performance was undone by sloppy, undisciplined play.New York/Giants,Oct.25 @ 7:30pm
Jacksonville/Jags,Oct.31 @ 12:00pm
@ Green Bay,Nov.7 @ 7:20pm
@ New York/Giants,
Surrounded by cameras and flashing lights, Jason Garrett looked up, smiled and pumped his fist toward a throng of Cowboys fans lining the section above the visitor's tunnel.The subtle gesture said it all. Finally he could relax, if just for a moment.What a week it's been for the Dallas Cowboys' interim head coach.What a debut.
The Cowboys (2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak with Sunday's decisive 33-20 win over the NFC East-leading New York Giants (6-3) - a game that will be remembered as much for the historic (the first victory for the franchise's eighth head coach) as the bizarre (a 10-minute power outage at New Meadowlands Stadium that literally left 81,000 people in the dark early in the third quarter).Detroit/Lions,
Quarterback Jon Kitna can still scoot ... and the Cowboys are still rolling under interim head coach Jason Garrett.The 38-year-old Kitna's late 29-yard touchdown run - the longest of his 14-year NFL career - punctuated Sunday's hard-fought 35-19 victory over the Detroit Lions (2-8) at Cowboys Stadium.New Orleans/Saints,
There's a theme to these Dallas Cowboys under Jason Garrett, regardless of the final score: resiliency.For the second time in four days, the Cowboys overcame a halftime deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead. But unlike Garrett's first two games as interim head coach, the Thanksgiving Day showdown with the world champions ended in disappointment.The New Orleans Saints turned a Roy Williams fumble into a late touchdown, and David Buehler narrowly missed the would-be tying 59-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in a 30-27 loss at Cowboys Stadium.@ Indianapolis/Colts,First the world champs, then the world runner-ups.Two great challenges in a 10-day span for these rebooted Dallas Cowboys. Two different starts, two different endings and one common denominator: resolve.
On Thanksgiving Day, they'd erased a 17-0 deficit to the New Orleans Saints only to lose on a last-second 59-yard field goal miss. Sunday, they lost a 17-0 lead on the Indianapolis Colts, trailed early in the fourth quarter and ultimately needed a 38-yard field goal in overtime to win 38-35 at Lucas Oil StadiumPhiladelphia/Eagles,Dec.12 @ 7:20pm
Washington/Redskins,Dec.19 @ 12:00pm
@ Arizona/Cardinals,Dec.25 @ 6:30pm
@ Philadelphia/Eagles,Jan.2 @ 12:00pm
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