F -- Quincy Carter's numbers were bad. But quarterbacks are judged mainly by their ability to get their team in the end zone and wins. The big goose egg on the scoreboard says it all. Antonio Bryant emerged as the go-to guy with Joey Galloway (quad) out and Terry Glenn shutdown. However, he didn't live up to the challenge with two drops. Tight end Jason Witten also had a drop.
D -- The only thing controversial about the Troy Hambrick-Adrian Murrell running back rotation is their inability to consistently make a difference on the ground. Is it because of poor blocking or average-at-best running?
C -- Cornerback Terence Newman gave up two big plays, a 46-yard completion to Deion Branch and a 57-yard completion to David Givens. The Patriots scored on both drives.
B -- The Cowboys kept the Patriots' running game in check, limiting them to 65 yards on 25 carries. Linebacker Dexter Coakley and Dat Nguyen led the way with 21 combined tackles.
D -- A week after helping the Cowboys win a game, Toby Gowin's poor punting took early field position away from the Cowboys. Coverage on punt returns was less than stellar as well.
D -- The Cowboys offense is becoming a mess. Opponents have certainly caught up with the big-play attack of earlier in the season. The Cowboys have scored just 31 points in the past four games combined. The Cowboys must find away to beat quality opponents on the road if they hope to be major players in the playoffs. They failed against Tampa Bay and New England and more tests lay head. Three of their last four games are on the road, including the division showdown with Philadelphia December 7th.
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