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
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
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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