Better than Half a Loaf

The Cowboys win 21-7 in a Monday night game remarkable for the lack of turnovers and the improved defense. <a href=”http://www.star-telegram.com/528/story/1642209.html”>Sacks appear on the defensive scoreboard, as do takeaways, and to seal your win with a pick six is not a bad evening’s work at all</a>. Plus, winning one in the new house helps the morale in general. That said, it didn’t come without a cost: for the second week in a row the Cowboys had a running back injured badly enough to take him out of the game. This time it’s Felix Jones. Last week it was Marion Barber. Of course, you’ve still got Tashard Choice to call on, and the Cowboys also have Patrick Crayton.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Terence Newman dived into the end zone, threw the ball into the air and exhaled. The Dallas Cowboys were headed to victory and their maligned defense was the main reason for it. Newman returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown with 5:07 left, cracking open a tight game and sending the Cowboys to a 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.Dallas (2-1) came into this game without a takeaway or a sack, the latter number an especially sorry stat for last year’s NFL leaders. But the Cowboys harassed Jake Delhomme into three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble – and, most importantly, forced him and the Panthers (0-3) into four straight three-and-outs to start the second half. Two sacks and the fumble came on Carolina’s final drive.

Meanwhile, <a href=”http://www.kcbd.com/Global/story.asp?S=11212187″>the Mad Scientist who wants to be a Pirate has chosen to suspend a team captain and ban twitter</a>. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but Tech now has two losses in a row. They’re starting to look like the football team we had when I was an undergrad: we were a b-ball school. Mayhap Cap’n Leach’s running aground?

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