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
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
"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
"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
--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
"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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