--Former Cowboys great Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, is out indefinitely with a broken left shoulder blade he suffered against Dallas on Oct. 5. He has 192 rushing yards on 65 attempts (2.9 yards per carry), one touchdown, and a long run of 22 yards for Arizona. Smith also has six receptions for 27 yards. Troy Hambrick has 345 rushing yards on 102 attempts (3.4 yards per carry), two touchdowns, and a long run of 31 yards. Hambrick has seven receptions for 44 yards.
--Four of Dallas' next five opponents will have a bye week before
they play the Cowboys, including the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Also
having an extra week to prepare for the Cowboys are Washington, Buffalo
and New England.
--Cowboys wide receiver Randal Williams was nominated for the NFL
play of the week for his 37-yard onside kick return touchdown against
the Philadelphia Eagles. With only 3 seconds off the clock, it marked
the fastest score at the start of a game since the NFL began using the
scoreboard clock to determine the official time of the game in 1970.
Williams' run was also the shortest kickoff return for a score in the
NFL since Henry James of Buffalo returned one 37 yards on Dec. 19, 1999.
--Cowboys offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon returns to Detroit,
where he was running backs coach in 2001 and the offensive coordinator
last year. The Cowboys rank fourth in the NFL in total offense. "There
are a lot of people's fingerprints on this offense," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "(But) I give Mo a lot of credit. Mo grew up in the same
system I grew up in, so that's where he learned his."
"Hmmmm ... " And with that response, coach Bill Parcells fell silent.
He seemed to be deciding how forthright to be about whether his
perception of what the Cowboys are capable of has changed because of
their 4-1 start. Or maybe he wasn't quite sure himself.
His face scrunched. His smile twisted. Finally, 11 seconds later, He
"I talked to the team a lot about staying power. You never find out
if you have that until you are beaten down a few times. When the roller
coaster is going, a lot of people could hop on that, but ... " Parcells
said, pausing again.
He never finished. Another question came flying in. His attention had
been diverted. What Parcells seemed to be trying to say was what
Cowboys players say he has been saying to them all morning and had said
after Sunday's 23-21 victory against Philadelphia and had been saying
since they upset the Giants in Week 2.
His message: "Do not confuse a good start with a good team."
"He is right. We're too young or too inexperienced to think playoffs,"
safety Darren Woodson said. "I cannot believe I even just said the 'P'
He smiled ever so slightly as that single, concise consonant passed
from his lips.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Games the Cowboys have won out of 11 played in
Detroit. The past three meetings have each been decided by five points
or less, including last year's 9-7 Lions win. A Cowboys victory Sunday
would be the team's third on the road this season, their highest road
win total since winning five in 1998.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have some things we need to fix, or they will come
back to haunt us. I talked to the team a lot about staying power. You
never find out if you have that until you've been beaten down a few
times. When the roller coaster is going, a lot of people could hop on
that." Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.
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