COWBOYS 10, BILLS 6
| PATRIOTS' NEXT FOE: DALLAS
Dallas sitting pretty after beating Bills
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells certainly has taught the Dallas Cowboys how to win. Next comes how to look good when doing it. The Cowboys won ugly again yesterday, beating the Buffalo Bills, 10-6, despite moving only 51 yards on their two scoring drives and going more than 15 minutes between first downs in the second half.
The result is what matters, though, and Dallas (7-2) remains tied with Carolina for the best record in the NFC. And the Cowboys are 2-0 in the five-game stretch Parcells has dubbed "Showtime." Next up is the Patriots, Sunday night at Foxborough.
The rub is that Dallas has looked more ready for vaudeville than Broadway the last two games. The Cowboys had to overcome four turnovers, three in the first six plays, to beat Washington.
This time, the Cowboys used a 2-yard touchdown catch by Dan Campbell, a 51-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff and a stifling performance by the league's stingiest defense.
"This is a young team that doesn't understand everything there is to understand about what this league is," Parcells said. "The more you win, the more that people get ready for you. You're going to run into some tough games."
Coming off a bye week, Buffalo (4-5) was inept as ever. The only points were field goals of 29 and 41 yards by Rian Lindell, both in the second quarter.
Drew Bledsoe was 17 of 34 for 104 yards while under heavy pressure all game. He was sacked three times and lost two fumbles. His longest completion was an 18-yard screen. "We knew what was coming, we knew what they were doing," said Bledsoe, 2-4 against Parcells, his first NFL coach. "I'm frustrated with our production. I have complete confidence in my ability to play the game."
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