"Why Did Y'all Bring Me Here?"

A frustrated Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens repeatedly asked the $25 million question in the 38-24 loss to the Eagles Sunday. "Why did y'all bring me here?"

Owens was calmer on Wednesday.

But the bitter taste of losing to the hated Eagles, who unceremoniously dumped him last season, remained in his mouth.

And so did the $25 million question.

Even though Owens and the Cowboys (2-2) should get well Sunday against the lowly Texans (1-3) and their league worst pass defense, it doesn't change what has been the most frustrating start of a season for Owens.

"When you get in the heat of battle, those are things that (are said)," Owens said. "Like I said, I feel like I wanted to be more involved, more so than I did. The opportunities were there. It didn't happen. For me, I do question, 'Why am I here?' That's not to create a story, but it's just like, I want to win. I came here to help this team win. I know I can make a difference. I know what I bring to the table. Otherwise I wouldn't be here."

Owens is certainly not having the season he expected and is off to his worst start since 1999.

He has caught just 17 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown and trails leading receiver Terry Glenn in all categories. Glenn has 20 catches for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Owens caught just three passes for 45 yards against the Eagles.

Owens is used to being the man on his teams. He has led his teams in receiving yards in each of the last six seasons, including last year in Philadelphia when he was dumped for the final nine games.

Owens said he knew when he came to Dallas that things would be different, considering he was no longer in the West Coast offense.

In Philadelphia and San Francisco, the coaches designed plays to feature Owens. In Dallas, coach Bill Parcells builds an offense around no one and passes the ball to the open receiver.

Still, Owens can't help but be frustrated -- especially since the Cowboys aren't undefeated.

"I knew it wasn't going to be West Coast," Owens said. "But I felt like they knew the talent they were getting, so they'd feature me a little more. Dude, I am a playmaker. Understandably this is a new system. We all have to take advantage of it and get the ball in the playmaker's hands."

While coach Bill Parcells had no problem with Owens' sideline antics because no one brought them to his attention, he did bristle at the suggestion that the Cowboys weren't using him enough.

Parcells said a lot things played a role in Owens' supposed lack of production, including mental mistakes and bad routes, misreads by the quarterback and double coverage by the defense.

"What the intention was and what sometimes happens is not always the same," Parcells said. "I don't really want to talk about last week's game and I'm going to drop the subject. But I will say there were five more passes directed at him than any other receiver on the team, intent wise, Sunday. He's been involved."

Another reason for Owens' struggles is he missed practice time with injuries since training camp. First there was the hamstring, then the broken hand, then the accidental overdose -- all of which has prevented him from getting on the same page with quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

It doesn't help that Bledsoe is off to a slow start with seven interceptions this season. Owens, who has criticized quarterbacks in Philadelphia and San Francisco, said he remains supportive of Bledsoe.

"I think we all need to play better," Owens said. "That was one of the things he came up to me and said. Even after the game, he sent me a text that said, 'Stay with me, he'll play better' for me. You can only respect that."

Of Bledsoe's three interceptions against the Eagles, two came while attempting to pass to Owens. He said he and Owens need to be better together.

"I mean, it's got to change. That is real obvious," Bledsoe said. "We have to protect the ball. That is our entire offense. The ball is in my hands, so it's my responsibility. As an offense, we have to function with more precision, particularly in the passing game. So when I drop back I know exactly where guys are going to be."

SERIES HISTORY: 2nd meeting. Houston leads 1-0. The Cowboys and Texans have met just one time in regular season play with Houston claiming a 19-10 win. No team has played Dallas fewer times than the Texans. Houston is one of just seven teams that hold a series advantage over Dallas -- Baltimore, Cleveland, Miami, Oakland, St. Louis and San Francisco. The first meeting between these two teams was the Texan's first ever regular season game.

NOTES, QUOTES
* FS Pat Watkins' job is in jeopardy.

Watkins had a bad game against the Eagles and is now splitting time in practice with 2005 starter Keith Davis.

Coach Bill Parcells doesn't know who will start on Sunday, "I don't know. We'll see. (I'm) trying to encourage him."

Said Watkins, "I know what I am capable of. It's just one bad game. It's not like I played four, five straight weeks bad."

* DB Marcus Coleman practiced Wednesday for the first time since being suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Cowboys have a roster exemption for Coleman for this week -- that is if they don't play him against the Texans.

"There have been no answers on this week (regarding where he'll play)," Coleman said. "I know I'll be on special teams and I'll go from there."

* The Cowboys have played in front of sold-out stadiums in 259 of their last 264 contests (including playoffs), including 130 of their last 135 road games (including playoffs). Dallas has played in front of sold out crowds in 122 consecutive games at Texas Stadium (including playoffs). This streak dates back to Dec. 16, 1990 against Phoenix (last non-sellout).

* With 18-plus years as an NFL head coach, Bill Parcells has never faced the Houston Texans. Parcells coached teams have faced a Houston franchise (Oilers) just twice in his time as a head coach, posting a 1-1 record. He posted a win while coaching the Giants and a loss with the Patriots.

* LB DeMarcus Ware continues to display his big-play ability through his sophomore season. In last week's loss to Philadelphia, Ware posted his second sack of the season, along with three tackles, one for a loss. Ware also recovered a McNabb fumble and rumbled 69 yards for a touchdown, marking the club's seventh longest fumble return. The fumble was caused by Greg Ellis, who owns the clubs longest fumble recovery -- 98 yards for a touchdown.

* Through four games of the 2006 season, Cowboys punter Mat McBriar leads the league in gross punting average (50.7 yards-per-punt) and is second with a net average of 40.9 yards. He has also had a long punt of over 60 yards in three of the four games this year. His only game without a long of 60+ yards was at Tennessee in which he punted just once, a 40-yarder that pinned the Titans inside their 10-yard line.

Toby Gowin (1999) was the last Dallas punter to record a long of 60+ yards in a season more than once (two times).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just think that right now he gives us the best chance to be successful. To be honest with you, the media doesn't really know enough to talk about many other things specifically. So that the thing that's in vogue here right now so most people will focus on it. I don't really pay too much attention to that, but I am looking and I have (QB Tony) Romo prepared to play. I was hopeful that at some point and time this year that I could play him. So if that opportunity comes up, I'm not afraid to do it." -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells on Drew Bledsoe's hold on the starting job.

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