Where Do the Cowboys Go Now?

Cowboys can recover from loss, but must do it soon




(Irving-AP) -- A lot of four-lettered words have been uttered

regarding the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening loss to the expansion

Houston Texans.

Here's one more: Over. As in the damage is already done.

The disgrace certainly will linger; Houstonians will make sure

of it. But for coach Dave Campo and quarterback Quincy Carter to

save their jobs and the team's season, they can't let the 19-to-10

loss to the Texans linger.

If Dallas bounces back Sunday against Tennessee, a lot of harsh

feelings will be tempered. Fans will still be furious and

embarrassed by the way the season started, but they'll buy into the

idea that there's still 14 games left and the playoffs are still

within reach.

If the Cowboys lose again, all bets are off. With the two games

after that on the road against defending division champions

Philadelphia and Saint Louis, the season would be spinning out of

control fast. There's a good chance they'll be 0-4 and headed to

... a third straight 5-11 season? Worse?

That's why the loss to Houston is so damaging.