* Every game is a reunion for Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. This week it's Bill vs. Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Parcells drafted Bledsoe with the No. 1 overall pick in 1993. The two face each other for the seventh time. Parcells is 4-2 vs. Bledsoe.
"We're not playing solitaire out here," Parcells said. "He's got a cast of characters with him, and you have to deal with all of them combined."
In his four seasons with Parcells, Bledsoe completed 1,310 of 2,379 passes (55 percent) for 14,642 yards with 80 touchdowns and 73 interceptions. That included 1996 when Bledsoe passed for 4,086 yards and 27 touchdowns.
"I don't know that you could find anybody that would say that they really enjoyed playing for him while they were there," Bledsoe said. "I mean, he made things hard on you in practice, but the one thing that you did know when you were playing for him is that you were going to be prepared when you took the field on Sunday."
Parcells said Bledsoe is even better now than he was then.
"He's a much more mature quarterback," Parcells said. "I know his game management is much further down the road. He's got a lot more experience. He understands the league, the game, everything, a lot better I am sure."
* Since 1970, the Cowboys have a 69-49 record against the AFC, including a 22-12 mark against the AFC East. Bill Parcells is 37-28 against the AFC East and 8-0 against the Bills all-time.
* Former Cowboys great Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, is sidelined with a broken left shoulder blade he suffered against Dallas on Oct. 5. Smith has 192 rushing yards on 65 attempts (2.9 yards per carry), one touchdown and a long run of 22 yards for Arizona. Smith has six catches for 27 yards. Cowboys running back Troy Hambrick has 544 rushing yards on 158 carries (3.4 yards per carry), five touchdowns and a long run of 31 yards. He has 10 catches for 70 yards.
* Former Cowboys Billy Joe Dupree, Duane Thomas and Everson Walls will be among 11 inductees for the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.
BY THE NUMBERS
21.4 -- Points per game the Cowboys are averaging, which is 11th in the NFL. That figure marks the team's highest scoring average since the club averaged 22.0 points per game in 1999. The Cowboys have scored 18 touchdowns in eight games. They scored 26 touchdowns in 16 games in 2002.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I love it. You see this smile? How do you think I'm feeling right about now? I feel comfortable. I feel at home. I feel like I'm a part of what's going on, I feel like I need to be a part of what's going on for us to be successful and I'm happy about that. I want it." -- Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn on being in Dallas.
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