No Big Deal

So now the media are making a big deal about Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens supposedly complaining about not getting the ball enough?

It's not a problem in the Cowboys locker room. First and foremost, the Cowboys understand who and what they have in Owens.

Owner Jerry Jones made a point of telling every coach he interviewed before hiring Wade Phillips to replace Bill Parcells that getting T.O. the ball was a huge priority.

Besides, it's the nature of the beast with diva receivers. It was like that with Michael Irvin. It's like that with Owens.

"I think all good players want the football," Phillips said.

Owens even offered a warning of such following the Sept. 21 victory against Green Bay, when he caught just two passes.

Owens said he would accept as much as long as the Cowboys were winning.

Well, the Cowboys lost Sunday to the Redskins -- despite Owens catching seven passes and a touchdown. He was targeted frequently in the game.

But the Cowboys didn't win, and Owens thought he could have done more if given more opportunities.

"We try to get the ball to our best players as much as we can," Phillips said. "We have quite a few good players, though. We didn't get the ball enough to Marion Barber, the week before we didn't get it enough to Terrell. It's a good problem to have, but we need to be able to rectify it by controlling the ball more."

QB Tony Romo has had an interception in each of the last eight games dating back to last season, including the playoff loss to the Giants.

--WR Terrell Owens can reach 900 career receptions with one catch against the Bengals. He would become the eighth player in league history to accomplish the feat, and he would get there in the third-fastest span. Sunday will be his 178th game.

--WR Miles Austin had five career catches before this season. Through four games this year, Austin already has seven catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

--RB Marion Barber had scored a touchdown in every game this year until the Redskins game Sunday, when he carried just eight times for 28 yards. The three-game touchdown streak was the third longest of his career.

--LB DeMarcus Ware had a sack in each of the last seven games. It's the fourth-longest streak in club history.

--CB Terence Newman admittedly had a bad game against the Redskins when he was beaten for two touchdowns and allowed a 53-yard pass to Santana Moss.

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