Although San Antonio doesn't have its own NFL team, the Cowboys are the city's adopted team, spending training camp here and doing everything possible to keep interest high in the southern half of the state. What the 'Boys have been doing recently is winning. They are among the hottest teams in the league, winning their first three games, and making new coach Wade Phillips feel right at home.
In their first game, the Cowboys took on Eli Manning and the New York Giants, and won a wild game, 45-35. Led by Tony Romo, who had a career game, throwing for 345 yards on just 15 completions and 4 TDs, plus one rushing, the Cowboys started off the season in style, at let the league know that they should be regarded as top contenders. One major concern in the game would have to be Big D's defense, which gave up 438 yards and 35 points. The next game, though, would be a different story.
Week 2 took the Cowboys to Miami, and while the offense efficiently scored 37 points, it was the defense that turned the game into a laugher. The Dallas secondary intercepted new Dolphins quarterback Trent Green four times, and recovered another fumble. Dallas RB, Marion Barber III, ran for two TDs and accounted for 89 yards rushing.
Having won a defensive struggle and an offensive shootout, both against mediocre teams, the first two weeks looked like things were going well for Dallas. Week 3 would be a real challenge against last year’s NFC Champion, Chicago Bears, and once again the Cowboys rose to the occasion, playing well on both sides of the ball, and turning a 3-3 ballgame at the half into a 34-10 rout. Romo again passed for over 300 yards with 2 TDs. Terrell Owens was on the receiving end of most of those, ending up with 145 yards and a score. The Cowboys defense also made its presence felt by scoring on an interception return, and picking off two other Rex Grossman passes.
With the next two matchups being against the Rams and Bills-who are a combined 0-6 to start the season-it looks like Dallas has a great shot of starting the season at 5-0 before the New England Patriots come to Dallas, Oct. 15. With many people picking the Pats as the AFC Champions this year, who knows, this game could be a preview of the Super Bowl.