Cowboys Flex Offensive Muscle

IRVING, Tex. - The Cowboys ranked fourth in scoring last season, so they knew they had some firepower.

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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