Rookie Marion Barber and the Dallas Cowboys took what the Detroit Lions gave them. The game.
Barber ran for two touchdowns to spark a rejuvenated running
game as the Cowboys posted a 20-7 victory over the Lions.
The Cowboys were limited to 58 rushing yards by the Philadelphia
Eagles on Monday night but managed to pull out a 21-20 victory.
They didn't need any late luck in this one, rushing for 152
yards and taking advantage of a number of Detroit miscues.
The Lions were flagged for 17 penalties for 129 yards, including
nine that resulted in first downs for Dallas, the
second-highest total in league history.
Barber, who rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries, scored on a
six-yard run midway through the first quarter to open the
scoring. He scored from four yards out late in the third quarter
to give the Cowboys a 20-7 lead.
Billy Cundiff, who was signed on Saturday after being released
in training camp, added a pair of field goals for the Cowboys,
including a team-record 56-yarder 11 seconds before the half to
make it 13-7.
Since a 2-2 start, the Cowboys (7-3) have won five of their last
six games and are riding their first three-game winning streak
of the season.
Detroit's Roy Williams, who starred at the University of Texas,
faced the Cowboys for the first time. A native of Odessa,
Texas, Williams had five catches for 72 yards.
Kevin Jones scored Detroit's only TD on a two-yard run late in
the second quarter to pull the Lions within 10-7. Jones finished
with just 29 yards on 12 carries for Detroit, which finished
with only 57 yards on the ground.
In coach Bill Parcells' third season, the Cowboys are tied with
the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.
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