Jacksonville Rewind: Owens Still Dangerous

"What you saw out there was nothing I haven't done before," Owens said. "When I step on the field I come to play. I haven't skipped a beat"

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sold out in the offseason to make the Cowboys contenders in 2006.

Not only did he spend $21 million in signing bonus money to upgrade the talent, but he gambled the integrity of the franchise with the addition of controversial receiver Terrell Owens.

But Jones was desperate. With a 74-86 mark and just one playoff win since their last Super Bowl title in 1996, Jones wants to win now.

While Owens might turn out to be a good move -- he certainly didn't skip a beat in the season opener with six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown -- there remains a question as to whether the Cowboys can win a Super Bowl with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback.

He looked like the same mistake prone Bledsoe in the season opening loss to the Jaguars -- tossing three crucial interceptions. The Cowboys resisted making a change to promising backup Tony Romo. And they say they will stick with Bledsoe again next week.

But if Bledsoe keeps stumbling they will not hesitate to make a move to Romo.

"Now is not to the time to talk about that," coach Bill Parcells said.

Because of a killer early season schedule, the Cowboys and Bledsoe need to bounce back in a hurry. Six of their first nine games are on the road, including three of the first four.

It makes next week's home game against the Redskins even more critical.

But if they need a place to start building on, it's Owens.

"What you saw out there was nothing I haven't done before," Owens said. "When I step on the field I come to play. I haven't skipped a beat ... we are going to take this loss as a loss. But we are not going to get down on ourselves. We just had too many mistakes."

The Cowboys didn't waste time getting the Terrell Owens show on the road, throwing to him on their first offensive play.

However, the hopes of a possible Super bowl run in 2006 will take a little more time in coming together, if at all. Jacksonville rallied from a 10-0 first quarter deficit with 24 straight points in a 24-17 victory.

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe keyed the downfall with three interceptions and a 45.8 quarterback rating. The Cowboys also had a touchdown taken away by a pass interference penalty on tight end Jason Witten. Replacement kicker Shaun Suisham missed a field goal.

And the defense, which was expected to be the strength of the team, was picked a part by Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich, who completed 23 of 37 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.

--K Mike Vanderjagt was sidelined for the season opener because he is still troubled by a groin injury. Shaun Suisham kicked in his place and missed a crucial field goal.

--LB Bobby Carpenter was inactive for the season opener. The first round pick has had a slow transition to inside linebacker after being drafted to be an outside linebacker.

--LT Flozell Adams returned to action against the Jaguars but he did not return to form. The former Pro Bowler who missed last season with a knee injury gave up two sacks and was flagged for holding.

--FS Pat Watkins got the start in place of Keith Davis. The rookie had a strong camp and considered a better pass defender than Davis, who has returned his role as a special teams ace.

--LB Greg Ellis had a solid game in his first official outing at linebacker since moving from defensive end. He was credited with four tackles. He did not have a sack but also was not victimized in coverage.

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