No Worries

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said he has no worries about the team's poor performance on defense against the Lions.

The Cowboys allowed a season high 152 rushing yards to the league's worst rushing defense. But Phillips is unconcerned. Phillips said the Lions caught the Cowboys by surprise because they went against their tendencies and forced the run. He said the Cowboys adjusted as the game went on.

"The plays they ran, we had a guy free on every play, so we just didn't make the play. We overran it a lot in the first few plays," he said. "It's my fault for not getting them ready to play the running game and take away the running game, so we can force them into passing situations."

His point was that the Lions rushed for 63 yards on four carries on the first series of the game, which was capped by a 32-yard touchdown run by T.J. Duckett. The rest of the way, the Lions rushed for only 89 yards on 28 carries.

Phillips said it only looked like the Lions were running all over the Cowboys.

"If you look at the tape ... we had guys free, completely free, and we went to the blocker and the guy went right by us," he said. "It wasn't like it was missed tackles and they were running over us. We hit the wrong areas. On the first drive, we had somebody free who could've made the tackle, but didn't see it. We adjusted as the game went on. They didn't make much rushing yardage, comparatively speaking."

Still, the Cowboys players are concerned. And they should be considering that the Lions' success might offer a blueprint for future opponents.

"You can't underestimate anybody in any game," outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "The records don't matter, but we turned it on at the end, but we can't do that every game. (Detroit) had a good scheme, and some teams match up well."

TUESDAY NOTES: WR Patrick Crayton said he will be ready to play against Eagles despite injuring his foot against the Lions. Crayton wore a protective boot on Monday but said results from a magnetic imaging exam were negative and he will practice this week.

--CB Terence Newman injured his right knee and right foot against the Lions but he is not expected to miss any practice time and should be ready for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Coach Wade Phillips said Newman got banged up and the Cowboys are going to check to see where he is.

--TE Jason Witten's 15-catch performance against the Lions was not only the best in Cowboys history but it was the best in NFL history for a tight end. Former Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow had 15 catches for 157 yards on Oct. 7, 1984, against Green Bay. Witten tied Winslow's mark.

"I heard that, but you know, it's crazy, you're caught up in the game and you're not even thinking about it," said Witten, who had 138 yards and the game-winning touchdown. "It is special for me, but the most important thing is to help your team and win the game."

--WR Terry Glenn is expected to practice Wednesday. He has missed the entire season after undergoing two knee surgeries since Aug. 1. The Cowboys want to see where he is and would like to get him some time before the playoffs to see if he can help the team in the postseason. He is not expected to play against the Eagles Sunday.

--QB Tony Romo logged his seventh consecutive game with a passer rating above 100.0 against the Lions Sunday. It is the fifth-longest streak since the passer rating system was implemented in 1973.

--RB Marion Barber had his first ever three-touchdown game against the Lions, two rushing and one receiving. It was his 10th career multiple-touchdown game -- seven with two rushing touchdowns one with two receiving touchdowns and two with one rushing/one receiving score.

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