EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Troy Hambrick went to Dallas coach
Bill Parcells with a request. He wanted to help get the running
Hambrick did that and more Sunday against the New York Jets.
Question on the Cowboys: Are you surprised in how the Cowboys have played in their last two games?
I would like to say that I wasn't, but I'm extremely surprised. Going into this season, everyone knew the defense was going to be the key for this team. And they've stepped up big time! Also, QB Quincy Carter had done a good job managing games and making the correct decisions.
Question on the Jets: Is there much Edwards can do before getting Pennington back?
Not really. This team is suffering from a lack of talent. The defense isn't playing well, the offense looks bad and Curtis Martin looks like he's on the downside of his career. This team is in trouble with or without Pennington.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
He ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries as the
Cowboys racked up 202 yards on the ground and won 17-6, sending the
Jets to their first 0-4 start since 1996.
Parcells, who coached the Jets from 1997-99, is 2-0 against his
former teams this season. The Cowboys (2-1) beat the New York
Giants 35-32 in overtime two weeks ago.
"You work hard to be Tuna's guy," Hambrick said. "I went to
him and asked what else I could do to be one of your guys and get
this running game going. He just said, 'Keep hitting it in there
and 3 or 4 yards will turn into 10 or 20. Just keep working hard.
You're doing the right things and saying the right things.'''
Hambrick, the starting back now that Emmitt Smith has gone to
Arizona, tied his career high for yardage, set against Atlanta on
Nov. 11, 2001. Of course, he had a relatively easy time against one
of the worst rushing defenses in the league.
The Jets came into the game ranked 31 of 32 NFL teams in rushing
defense, and Hambrick took advantage. In the second quarter, he
converted a turnover into a 31-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead.
Defensive tackle Chester McGlockton took full responsibility for
the play because he was out of position.
"I made a mistake, and it cost us a touchdown," McGlockton
said. "That started them rolling. It falls on my shoulders. It was
a bad, bonehead play."
Things got worse for the Jets when Dallas converted another
turnover into a touchdown just before halftime.
The Jets were driving with less than two minutes remaining in
the quarter and looked as though they would score. Curtis Martin
took the handoff at the Jets 20 and saw daylight to the end zone,
but Roy Williams caught him from behind and caused a fumble at the
The ball bounced into the end zone, where Darren Woodson
recovered, and Dallas used its two-minute offense to perfection.
Quincy Carter threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant on
third-and-3 with 11 seconds remaining. Officials initially called
the pass incomplete because it appeared Bryant only got one foot in
bounds, but the call was changed after video review.
The Jets were booed off the field at halftime.
"We just have to find a way to manufacture some points and stop
the run, or it's going to be tough sledding for the next 12
games," Jets coach Herman Edwards said.
They tried to rally but came up short. Following an interception
in the end zone by Sam Garnes, the Jets drove down the field, but
Curtis Conway dropped a pass on third-and-5 from the 20. Doug Brien
kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 14-6 late in the third.
The Jets have scored three touchdowns in four games, and they
couldn't muster much Sunday even though Testaverde's numbers looked
good: 21-of-29 for 219 yards. The Jets made more of an effort to
establish their running game but could not do much, and Martin had
20 carries for 64 yards.
Meanwhile, Dallas ran all over the Jets and had 119 yards on the
ground in the first half alone. Former Jets player Richie Anderson
finished with 37 yards on five carries plus four receptions for 46
"That's how you win in the NFL -- you run the football,'' Carter
said. "When you can run the football, and I don't have to lift my
arm -- I'd love to do that every game."
Things have gone wrong for the Jets in a hurry. In the week
leading up to this game, Edwards and owner Woody Johnson got into a
public spat. On Wednesday, Johnson said, "If you look at the
talent on this team, it's equal or better than any team out
Edwards was upset Johnson commented on the team personnel. The
two talked Friday and smoothed things over, but Johnson waited two
days to clarify his comments. He said Edwards has his full support,
and the coach's job is not in jeopardy.
Parcells believes Edwards can help the Jets turn their season
"I think Herman has been resilient as a coach with his team,
and I think he'll do it again this year," Parcells said. "I'm
hoping they can dig their way out."
Dallas WR Joey Galloway had five catches for 100 yards,
including a 42-yarder to set up the final field goal. ... Jets DE
John Abraham had a half-sack and now has 30 career sacks. ...
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