'Boys Have to Get Offensive?

With the Cowboys struggling on defense, the scores of the team's games might look like the Western Athletic Conference in 2007.

The Cowboys will be in a few shootouts and might find themselves having to outscore teams to win games.

That certainly might be the case Sunday when the Cowboys (1-0) face the Dolphins (0-1).

Never mind that the Dolphins looked hapless on offense in the season-opening loss to the Redskins.

They have a couple of big-play receivers in Chris Chambers and Ted Ginn Jr. and that could be more than enough to put up points against the Cowboys' injury-riddled defense and suspect secondary.

The Cowboys understand as much.

And based on their 45-point output in the season opener against the Giants, they are more than ready to win shootouts every week.

Quarterback Tony Romo passed for a career-high 345 yards in the opener and accounted for five touchdowns. Even without injured receiver Terry Glenn, the Cowboys let it be known they have enough weapons to be very explosive on offense with tight end Jason Witten and receiver Terrell Owens leading the way.

"We have a good offense," Romo said. "We are trying to go out there and score points. We got a chance to win a lot of games with that. We have a great tight end, a great receiver and some really good backs. I just need to get the ball in their hands and let them make plays."

The Cowboys are so confident in their abilities on offense that receiver Patrick Crayton thinks they can threaten the NFL record for points in a season of 556 set by the 1998 Vikings.

"If we have to outscore teams to win, we will do it," Crayton said. "I knew we could be pretty explosive. I told Bull (backup quarterback Brad Johnson) before the season I wanted to score 557 points. His Vikings set the record with 556. I told him I wanted to score 557. His eyes opened when I said it. But I am serious. I still am. We are off to a good start."

Owens, who looks more and more like the Owens of 2004 with the Eagles, is happy again and also excited about the possibilities on offense. He said they could have scored 50 or 60 points against the Giants.

"It doesn't surprise me that Patrick is predicting a record-breaking season," Owens said. "We could have put up at least three more touchdowns. We know we have a dynamic offense. We set the bar for ourselves against the Giants. So if we need to put however many points on the board to win the game that is what we are going to do. That can happen."

SERIES HISTORY: 12th meeting. Miami leads the series, 7-4. Miami won the last meeting 40-21 in 2003. The Cowboys won the last meeting in Miami 29-10 in 1996.

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