Cowboys Report Card

The Cowboys lost a game they seemingly had well in hand because of late defensive breakdowns. But also blame the conservative second half play called.

PASSING OFFENSE: C- -- Drew Bledsoe's stats were decent. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 261 yards with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn. Glenn caught six passes for 157 yards. But looking beneath the numbers, the Cowboys' passing offense wasn't as good as it appeared. The touchdown to Glenn came on a trick play - a flea flicker, and the Cowboys got nothing else done consistently. A holding penalty on Flozell Adams wiped away a first down pass to Keyshawn Johnson late in the game was also critical.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D- -- Credit goes partly to a strong defensive effort by the Redskins. But running back Julius Jones had few running lanes. He rushed 22 times for 81 yards with a long gain of nine. The Cowboys gained 90 yards on 29 carries as a team.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- They Cowboys looked great early with five sacks on quarterback Mark Brunell. The coverage in the secondary was great as well ... at least until the final four minutes of the game. Blame safety Roy Williams and cornerback Aaron Glenn for letting Santana Moss get behind them for two long touchdown passes to win the game.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Cowboys held running back Clinton Portis in check for much of the night. Nose tackle Jason Ferguson was dominant in the middle. The downside is the Cowboys were gashed at the end by a couple of scrambles by quarterback Mark Brunell.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Jose Cortez made two of three field goals, but missed from 41 yards. Punter Mat McBriar was awesome with a 47 yard average and several downed inside the 20. Kick off returner Tyson Thompson gave the Cowboys a chance at a comeback with a big return in the fourth quarter.

COACHING: C -- The Cowboys lost a game they seemingly had well in hand because of late defensive breakdowns. But also blame the conservative second half play called. The Cowboys called the game like they had an insurmountable lead. Now instead of getting off to their first 2-0 start since 1999, the team will try to avoid a 1-3 start, considering they have consecutive road games against the 49ers and Raiders, respectively.

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