Dallas reeling after loss

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

In Dallas yesterday afternoon, they were openly wondering if this was the most embarrassing game in Cowboys history.

Valid question.

Given that the St. Louis Rams already have gone through one coach this season and for most of that time have looked awful, how else could you put this 34-14 Cowboys loss in perspective?

After Tony Romo's manhood was questioned to the point that he dressed for the game rather than opt out because of a fractured pinky, he sat on the sidelines all afternoon and watched 40-year-old backup Brad Johnson throw three interceptions and put up a quarterback rating (45) that barely matched his age.

The Cowboys began the season as clear Super Bowl favourites in the NFC and looked strong coming out of the gate at 3-0. But now they've lost three out of four and face Tampa Bay, the Giants and Washington their next three games -- teams that are a combined 14-5.

"This sobres me up more than at any point this year about the job we've got to do to get to a point where we can compete at the end of the year," Cowboys stunned owner Jerry Jones said.

"I've had the fire knocked out of my butt tonight. This is not the same feeling I had after our other two losses."

We'd advise the Cowboys owner to stay away from the Texas chile on Sundays.

If things weren't bad enough, what with Romo's finger and Adam (Pacman) Jones' latest suspension and Terrell Owens just being Terrell Owens, the Cowboys also lost strong safety Roy Williams with a broken arm. Not to be confused with receiver Roy Williams, acquired this week from Detroit, who did not catch a ball for the first time in his five-year career.

REMEMBER THE TITANS

There should be no more wondering if the Tennessee Titans are the real thing.

They're not just the real thing, they're the only undefeated thing in the league.

Not that a win over the Kansas City Chiefs is anything to beat your chest about but when you take the entire body of Tennessee's work this season into consideration, it has earned its record by playing tough football.

Defensively, the Titans are averaging a league-low 11 points allowed per game. Granted, they haven't faced very tough opponents -- beating Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Houston, Minnesota and Baltimore before K.C. -- but they'll be tested the next three weeks by Indianapolis, Green Bay and Chicago.

Yesterday was a thorough demolishing of perhaps the worst team in the NFL, though we won't truly know that because Kansas City and Detroit won't face each other this year.

When was the last time a guy rushed for 149 yards and didn't lead his team? That's what happened to LenDale White, who scored three TDs in the process of amassing those 149 yards. Rookie Chris Johnson eclipsed White's yardage, running for 166 yards but just one TD.

They are the first pair of runners in the history of the Titans (born Houston Oilers) since Rob Carpenter and Ronnie Coleman in 1977 to rush for more than 100 yards in the same game.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

The 41 points the Bears allowed against Minnesota was the most given up by Chicago in a victory in the team's history. That's because they scored 48 points for the first time in 22 years ... Chicago's Devin Hester injured a quad muscle in the third quarter. Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints injured his left knee and will have it evaluated. Pittsburgh's all-Pro safety Troy Polamalu suffered a concussion and corner Bryant McFadden suffered an arm injury on the same play against Cincinnati ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is now 11-0 as a pro playing in his home state of Ohio ... Road warriors on their way to the Super Bowl, the Giants, who won only three games at home in 2007, have now won four in a row at Giants Stadium.


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