Cowboys Report Card

The Cowboys rushed 21 times for 100 yards, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Many of the runs came on draws and reverses, and they didn't run well enough to be able to run out the clock at the end.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Quarterback Vinny Testaverde passed for 284 yards, completing passes to six different receivers. Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson caught 13 passes between. Glenn caught seven for 140. Johnson caught six for 61. Yet their successes were offset by five sacks.

RUSHING OFFENS: C-minus --The Cowboys rushed 21 times for 100 yards, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Many of the runs came on draws and reverses, and they didn't run well enough to be able to run out the clock at the end.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Terence Newman got picked up repeatedly. Impressive rookie Ben Roethlisberger had his way with the Cowboys, completing 21 of 25 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Duce Staley rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries, and the Steelers gained 125 rushing yards, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The coverage terms were superb in containing dangerous returner Antwan Randel El. Punter Mat McBriar had his best outing of the season with a 50.3 average on four kicks. Billy Cundiff was two for two on field goals.

COACHING: D -- So the Cowboys cut down on their penalties and gave their best effort of the season. So what? They are now officially a losing team at 2-3 with two straight losses at home. Bill Parcells' late game strategy is also worthy of second-guessing.

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