The Cowboys have St. Louis up next so they should get back to .500 next week.
But the bigger problem coming out of the 20-16 loss to the Patriots on Sunday was coach Jason Garrett's lack of faith in his quarterback.
Tony Romo's penchant for game-deciding mistakes has caused Garrett to be more conservative while attempting to reign in his quarterback.
That will happen you when consider that Romo had five second-half turnovers in two previous come from ahead losses to the Jets and Lions.
That was the backdrop of Sunday's loss to the Patriots as the Cowboys blew another fourth-quarter lead.
Instead of trying to win the game with a touchdown, Garrett settled for a field goal.
And instead of throwing the ball with the lead and trying to get a first down to keep the ball away from Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, Garrett called for three straight runs and trusted his defense to hold them.
He didn't trust his quarterback.
It had owner Jerry Jones second-guessing his coach as the Cowboys missed out on making a big statement against the Patriots.
"It could have been a tremendous boon for us," Jones said. "That is the whole point. This is the kind of game you throw off the goal line like we did in the championship game against San Francisco. You don't usually make that call. But it won us the game. It was a very similar situation in my mind."
Jones was talking about the 1992 title team that went into San Francisco and won the championship game because Jimmy Johnson called a pass with the lead late in the game, got a first down and kept the ball away from Steve Young and Jerry Rice of the 49ers.
Garrett didn't make the same decision late with conservative calls against the Patriots because he didn't trust his quarterback.
"As a competitor, you always want to be in a situation to have a chance," Romo said of throwing a pass. "At the time of the game, I can understand definitely why we did that."
Garrett said it was about managing the game, running clock and trusting a defense that held the Patriots under 30 points for the first time in 14 games dating back to last year.
Jones wanted to go for it like the Cowboys did against the 49ers way back when. But he understands the Romocoaster the Cowboys are on now.
"Last week we didn't go conservative and we second-guessed that," Jones said. "This week we went conservative and we're going to second-guess that. I would have liked to have seen him go for the first down. We bet he couldn't take the ball the length of the field and he did. We are here like we are because we thought we could pull another stop."
LINEUP WATCH: Rookie running back DeMarco Murray replaced an injured Felix Jones in the second half on Sunday. Jones could miss three to four games. Look for Murray to be his primary replacement although he might share carries with Tashard Choice.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Cowboys had one touchdown on three trips inside the red zone against the Patriots. They are now a paltry six for 18 for season.
--RB Felix Jones has a high ankle sprain and could be out three to four weeks.
--LB DeMarcus Ware had two sacks against the Pats giving him seven for the season but he was limited late in the game with a back injury. He said he was going to need some medication to survive the flight home.
--G Bill Nagy is out for the season with a fractured ankle. The Cowboys may have to re-sign Montrae Holland who was cut after camp.
--LB Sean Lee had an interception against the Patriots giving him three for the season. Lee has three career interceptions against Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
--CB Terence Newman had a strong game against the Pats with an interception and fumble recovery. It was his first interception of the season.
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