Dallas Pounds Arizona

Julius Jones was on the sidelines once again, but rookie Marion Barber III made sure that the Dallas Cowboys did not miss a beat Sunday afternoon at Texas Stadium.

The fourth round draft pick out of Minnesota ran for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Cowboys bounced back from a tough loss last week with a 34-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

With the win, Dallas (5-3) will head into its bye week no worse than third place in the competitive NFC East Division.

The Cowboys struggled offensively in their heartbreaking 13-10 loss against the Seattle Seahawks last week, but Barber and Drew Bledsoe had little trouble rebounding against the hapless Cardinals.

Barber started his second straight game in place of Jones, who is still sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The rookie gave Dallas a 7-3 lead midway through the opening quarter with a 28-yard scoring run, his first career TD.

Barber, who gained 95 yards on the ground last week, scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out late in the second quarter as the Cowboys entered halftime with a 24-10 cushion.

Despite throwing a costly interception which set up Seattle's winning score last week, Bledsoe looked calm in the pocket Sunday. He completed 19-of-24 attempts for 220 yards and a TD.

Staked to a two-touchdown cushion at the half, Dallas' defense made the lead stand up in the second half by applying constant pressure on Arizona's Josh McCown. The Cowboys sacked McCown three times and forced the fourth-year quarterback into two interceptions.

The Cowboys led, 27-13, early in the final quarter when cornerback Anthony Henry picked off McCown and returned it 58 yards for a TD to cement the win. It was Henry's third interception this year and his first TD since his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns in 2001.

McCown, who entered the contest with a record of 2-1 as the starter, completed 16-of-33 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Anquan Boldin caught three passes for 69 yards and a TD before leaving in the second half with a twisted right knee.

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