IRVING, Texas (AP) -- From Terrell Owens talking about his broken
ring finger and upcoming surgery to Bill Parcells saying he felt
"sick" because of how many penalties and other mistakes his team
made, the Dallas Cowboys' locker room was a somber place.
Imagine how bad it would've been if they had lost Sunday night.
Drew Bledsoe steadied the offense just as he said he would and
the defense was superb, leading the Cowboys past the rival
Washington Redskins 27-10 in a game that seemed to have as many
negatives as positives for the winners.
Coming off a loss and going into a bye, Dallas needed the
victory to avoid a quarterback controversy and all the other
negatives that come with an 0-2 start. For now, being 1-1 and in a
three-way tie for first in the NFC East only helps stem the
disappointment of Owens going under the knife and being out two to
four weeks. Owens said the surgery would be Monday; the team said
it would be Monday or Tuesday.
"I'm going to try to get back as soon as I can," said Owens,
whose rehab will be motivated by an Oct. 8 game in Philadelphia.
"I feel like I'm a quick healer. Once we have the surgery, the
healing process will start."
Owens, who missed most of the preseason because of a hamstring
injury, said he was hurt on one of the first few plays of his home
debut. He didn't tell anyone until the fourth quarter and was taken
to the locker room for an X-ray.
The injury helps explain why he dropped so many passes -- one in
the end zone on Dallas' first drive and two others on high passes
with defenders ready to pop him. He also was penalized for an
illegal block on the Cowboys' first snap and later for lining up in
the wrong place.
"We've got some guys that can step in," said Owens, who
finished with three catches for 19 yards, all in the first quarter.
Washington could use some guys to step up now that it is 0-2,
its worst start since going 0-5 under coach Marty Schottenheimer in
"I think we have a lot of things we need to fix to win football
games," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "Certainly, this is a
tough time for us."
Washington had only 100 yards on offense at halftime and was
within 17-10 because of a 100-yard kickoff return by Rock Cartwright. The only points from the Redskins' offense, a 39-yard
field goal by John Hall, came on a drive boosted heavily by
consecutive roughing penalties against the Cowboys.
Mark Brunell, playing on his 36th birthday, had only 64 yards
passing through three quarters. He was similarly ineffective for 56
minutes of a Week 2, prime-time game at Texas Stadium last year,
but bailed out Washington with two late TD passes to Santana Moss.
Brunell padded his stats in the fourth, but not enough to even
make it a close game. He finished 18-of-33 for 197 yards, and was
sacked six times, including the game's final play after reaching
"We've just got to find a spark," said Moss, who had four
catches for 69 yards. "We find that spark, and things will get
Without T.O., the spark for Dallas likely will be the same guy
it was Sunday night -- T.G., Terry Glenn.
Glenn caught six passes for 94 yards, setting up Dallas' first
two touchdowns and handling the third himself with a 40-yard catch.
It capped a 99-yard drive and was even more important because it
put the Cowboys up 24-10 shortly after the Redskins were driving
for a tying touchdown.
Dallas got into such a predicament because of the mistakes that
left Parcells saying, "It's hard on me. I'm telling you, it really
is. I feel ill right now."
Bledsoe was 19-of-38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, but he
was much better than the numbers indicate, especially considering
the scrutiny he was facing after playing lousy in the opener and
his talk all week about bouncing back strong.
"I thought he made some real good decisions," Parcells said.
Mike Vanderjagt, Dallas' big free-agent signee not known by his
initials, made a 26-yard field goal on the first drive and a
50-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. His celebration
reflected how important it was in putting the Cowboys up by three
scores and in building his confidence.
"He made a good clutch kick there," Parcells said. "That
three points was big right there."
Jones ran 20 times for 94 yards. Washington, playing
without injured Clinton Portis, got 40 yards from Ladell Betts and
24 from T.J. Duckett in his season debut. ... Cartwright's TD was
the first kickoff return against the Cowboys since Robert Brooks
did it for Green Bay in October 1993. ... Washington was last 0-2
under Joe Gibbs in 1989, the fourth-to-last year in his first