Dallas Rolls Through First Two Games

The Cowboys have reason to be optimistic after a 37-20 rout of the Dolphins. They are 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 1999.

They have scored 82 points in their first two games. It's the most points for the Cowboys to start the season since 1971.

"It feels good," linebacker Bradie James said. "But we have a longer picture. Our goal is to win a playoff game and get to the Super Bowl."

Said quarterback Tony Romo: "There's always optimism in Dallas. We have never lived up to it once the season starts. But this gives us a shot at keeping the momentum going."

Of course, the Cowboys have felt good about themselves before only for it to be met with abject failure.

The Cowboys have only one playoff win since winning their last Super Bowl title in 1996. Owner Jerry Jones made moves in the offseason to hopefully finally turn things around.

The Cowboys will find out where they stand next Sunday when they travel to Chicago to meet the defending NFC Champions, who are 1-1 on the season but tough at home.

The thing the Cowboys have going for them so far in 2007 is an offensive as explosive as any in the league. Scoring 45 points against the Giants is one thing. But to plaster 37 points on a tough Dolphins defense is quite another.

Credit the continued development Romo, who is emerging as one of the league's top playmakers. He didn't have a great game against the Dolphins but he made plays when he needed to. He threw a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Curtis while being sacked that was right out of the Brett Favre playbook. He also had a 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens on a fourth down gamble that showed the growing trust the Cowboys have in him as a playmaker.

"That is what you expect," receiver Terrell Owens said. "These are things we expect from him now."

What has the Cowboys even more optimistic now is the bounce back performance by a defense that was embarrassed by the Giants in a 45-35 Week 1 victory.

But the Cowboys went from being feasted on to feasting on Dolphins quarterback Trent Green, who was harassed into five turnovers. He had four interceptions and lost fumble.

Cornerback Anthony Henry had two interceptions. Safeties Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams had the others. The Cowboys also recorded two sacks.

"We showed a little (playmaking ability)," Hamlin said. "We did some good things. But we still have a long ways to go. You can't crown us champions right now."

Although the Bears have a tough defense and are generally tough at home, the Cowboys have hope in this statement game as they will get to play against Bears mistake prone quarterback Rex Grossman.

OTHER NOTES: RB Marion Barber rushed for two touchdowns against the Dolphins, marking his fourth consecutive road game with a rushing touchdown. It was also the seventh multiple rushing touchdown game of his career. His second touchdown run of 40 yards was a career-long rush.

* TE Tony Curtis caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in the third quarter of the game against the Dolphins. The catch was Curtis's first career reception and touchdown.

* CB Anthony Henry intercepted two Trent Green passes against the Dolphins. It was the first time a Cowboys player picked off two passes in a game since Aaron Glenn had two thefts at the N.Y. Giants (12/4/05).

* LB Bradie James recorded a sack against the Dolphins. It was his first sack since Nov. 14, 2005 -- at Philadelphia.

* WR Terrell Owens had five catches for 97 yards. Owens now has 11,899 career receiving yards. He passed Don Maynard (11,834) and moved into 15th place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list.

All five of Owens's receptions Sunday came on third or fourth down and were good for first downs. On the season, all eight of his receptions are good for first downs.

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