Cowboys - Jets Report Card

Quincy Carter wasn't great against the Jets. At times he wasn't even good. But in the end, he made the necessary throws to quarterback a winning game plan, which speaks volumes about his growth.

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Quincy Carter wasn't great against the Jets. At times he wasn't even good. But in the end, he made the necessary throws to quarterback a winning game plan, which speaks volumes about his growth.

Joey Galloway was not only the lead dog of this high-octane group but he was the only dog against the Jets, catching five passes for 100 yards, including a key 42-yarder in the fourth. Antonio Bryant had a 13-yard touchdown reception and Terry Glenn was blanked, largely because of Carter's struggles.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Owner Jerry Jones said the offensive line was the key to the game, especially left tackle Flozell Adams and left guard Larry Allen, who led the way for Hambrick. Also key was the fill in job by Kurt Vollers, who found out he was subbing for injured right tackle Ryan Young just before kickoff. The Cowboys rushed for 219 yards as a team, led by Troy Hambrick's break out performance of 127 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- There were no sacks on Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde but Dallas did get plenty of pressure. The cornerbacks held tough against the Jets' passing game. Testaverde completed 21 of 29 passes but got nothing substantial. Maligned nickel corner Pete Hunter had a pass deflection and a key stop on fourth down.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Reserve tackle Daleroy Stewart arguably had his best game as a pro. His size helped stuff the run and keep the linebackers clean to make plays. The Jets' ground game tallied just 66 yards on 26 carries. Dat Ngyuen led the way with 10 tackles, followed by Dexter Coakley's eight and Al Singleton's six.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Two weeks after tying an NFL record with seven field goals, kicker Billy Cundiff kicked only one field goal. He was forced to kick off for injured punter Toby Gowin and proved adequate. Poor coverage on the returns, untimely penalties and poor judgment by returner Zuriel Smith made it a bad day overall for the special teams.

COACHING: A -- Bill Parcells is not making a big deal about being over .500 this early in the season. But that's him. This is a big deal to the Cowboys, especially since both wins came on the road. And everybody in the organization that has suffered through three consecutive 5-11 season knows Parcells is the one to credit.

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