They proved in the season opener that they will be explosive again even without receiver Terry Glenn, who might be sidelined for a month or lost for the season with a knee injury.
Quarterback Tony Romo is putting to rest any concerns about him being
a one-hit wonder.
He simply picked up where he left off in last season's magical
campaign with a career-high 345 yards passing and five total touchdowns
(four passing and one running).
"I just have to play well and help our team win," Romo said. "It was
good to see us put up so many points. It was a good start."
With receiver Terrell Owens coming into the season looking to put up
numbers like he did in Philadelphia in 2004, being explosive in 2007 is
expected. Owens put up good fantasy football numbers in 2006, his first
with the Cowboys, but when you consider his league-leading 13 drops, his
season looks more like the disappointment it was. But many of those
drops can be attributed to Owens playing with a broken hand.
Owens looked quite healthy against the Giants.
Considering the injury issues on defense, Owens' and Romo's help will
be needed going forward.
Defensive end Greg Ellis has yet to return from a torn Achilles.
Cornerback Terence Newman has a tear in his right plantar fascia and
could be out for two or three games if not more.
And then the Cowboys lost nose tackle Jason Ferguson for the season
with a torn biceps.
No matter how good Wade Phillips thinks he is as a defensive coach,
the Cowboys won't be a top defense without three of their five best
players on that side of the ball.
Ferguson is key to the team' ability to stop the run. The Cowboys
have no one else on the roster with his size to hold down the middle.
"How about my offense," said Phillips, who was brought to Dallas to
fix the defense.
"We got a ways to go but that was a pretty explosive offense. You
have to play well enough to win. Can we score 45 point a game? No. I
expect us to play better."
GAME NOTES: * CB Terence Newman was ruled out the Giants game hours before
kickoff. Newman has a tear in his right plantar fascia and has been out
for the past three weeks. Newman could miss another game or two.
* CB Jacques Reeves started in place of the injured Terence Newman
and recorded his first career interception in his second career start.
Reeves also gave up two touchdowns receptions.
* WR Terry Glenn could miss at least two more games or he could be
lost for the season. Glenn underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 1.
He was expected to return for the season opener but suffered another
injury last week in practice. He could have arthroscopic surgery and be
out another four weeks or he could be out for the season.
* TE Jason Witten caught six passes for 116 yards. It was Witten's
first 100-yard receiving game since 2004.
* QB Tony Romo passed for a career-high 345 yards and accounted for
five touchdowns (four passing and one running) against the Giants. He
had a quarterback rating of 128.5.
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