IRVING, Texas (AP) - Jason Garrett grabbed the attention of the Dallas Cowboys the day he took over, tightening rules and raising expectations.
By leading the Cowboys to a convincing victory in his debut, he's really in control.
Players responded to their new coach with the kind of performance owner Jerry Jones dreamed of when he switched leaders last week - going to New York and whipping the Giants and their league-leading defense.
Quarterback Jon Kitna said a win like this gives Garrett "chips to play with, so to speak. I think it gains momentum for him moving forward."
Dallas looked nothing like the confused bunch that had lost five straight. Even when things went against the Cowboys, they overcame them. Now the challenge is doing it again. The circumstances will be easier, too, at home against the Detroit Lions.
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