Turnovers Kill Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys fell to 3-5 after a humiliating 26-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon. <BR>

The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to turn Paul Brown Stadium into a home-field advantage.

Sparked by their aggressive defense, the Bengals intercepted Vinny Testaverde three times and forced five turnovers en route to a 26-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Since Marvin Lewis took over as coach, the Bengals (3-5) have gone an impressive 8-3 at home, including a 3-1 mark this season.

"We didn't win last week," Lewis said. "I'm glad our fans bounced back with us this week. We are going to be here and we're going to keep working. I keep saying those things and pretty soon they will make sense to everyone."

The latest home win came thanks to a defense that dominated the Cowboys' one-dimensional offense that centered around the pass. Cincinnati converted the five turnovers into just nine points, but controlled the game with its defense.

"Coach Lewis is defensive minded," Bengals rookie defensive back Madieu Williams said. "He stresses the importance of takeaways. It is something we want to continue."

"We have a lot of young guys on defense who can run and do a lot of things." Lewis said. "They all have their niches and roles. We have to find the right situations for them."

Carson Palmer also had an efficient game, completing 21-of-32 passes for 212 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown to tight end Matt Schobel in the third quarter that opened a 16-3 lead.

"They're a team that doesn't let you throw over their heads," Palmer said. "We have to be patient. We get frustrated by checking down all the time and the crowd gets frustrated. Then you run a double breaking move and it opens up for you."

"Going into the game, we knew we would get that one-on-one matchup on third down," Schobel said. "They focused on our outside receivers and Carson found me."

Palmer added two-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Rudi Johnson also rushed for 95 yards on 26 carries and Shayne Graham kicked four field goals for Cincinnati.

Testaverde, who turns 41 next Sunday, was intercepted three times for the second straight week. He finished 18-of-30 for 207 yards.

Tight end Jason Witten had six catches for 97 yards for the Cowboys (3-5), who failed in their bid to get to .500 at the midway point of the season.

"That's about as bad as you can get," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "I give Cincinnati credit. We helped them a lot. I'm really embarrassed by that type of performance. I really am. There's no explanation for it, except we're poorly coached and we played bad."

The contest featured a matchup of cousins in Dallas' Keyshawn Johnson and Cincinnati's Chad Johnson. Chad Johnson won that battle as he had eight catches for 74 yards while Keyshawn Johnson had four receptions for 58 yards.

Williams covered the flamboyant Keyshawn during the game as he does Chad in practice.

"We talked a lot back and forth," Williams said. When asked which talks more, Williams played diplomat, saying, "It's a toss-up."

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