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Clarence Hill takes a look at the Cowboys through two games. The T.O. factor is more than just Owens making plays, it's also about attracting defenders so that others can make plays.

With teams doubling Owens, speedy receiver Terry Glenn has proved to be a tough cover one-on-one. Glenn leads the Cowboys with 10 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. Three catches have been for 20 or more yards, including receptions of 40 and 51 yards.

Running back Julius Jones' strong effort against the Redskins can partly be attributed to Owens. Jones rushed 20 times for 94 yards against a Redskins defense that proved to be more concerned with doubling Owens and preventing the big play downfield than loading up against the run.

The offensive line is still a work in progress and the area that is the shakiest, but the Washington game had the look of a line starting to get it together.
While the Cowboys believe Adams will return to his Pro Bowl form, they are very excited about the early play of left guard Kyle Kosier and center Andre Gurode.

Kosier might not be the second coming of Larry Allen, but he has been solid. Gurode is simply playing the best football of his career, and right tackle Marc Colombo hasn't performed poorly.

I saw lots of good communication between the Cowboys linemen in the Washington game. Players were in position to pick up blitzes and they also slid off double-team blocks and helped other players on their blocks.

On the other side of the ball, things are looking up, once you look past the secondary meltdown against the Jaguars.

Greg Ellis' transition from defensive end to linebacker has been so smooth that there is talk that he might make a run at the Pro Bowl. He has simply been a terror off the edge. But what Parcells likes the most is that several players are getting in on the act. Six players have sacks, led by Jay Ratliff with two. Ellis has 1 1/2. Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears and DeMarcus Ware have one. Jason Hatcher has 1/2.

The scary part is that fans haven't yet seen the best from Ware.

We haven't seen Ware take over yet, and we haven't seen the best of Chris Canty yet.

If you want to read about the history of the forward pass in football, go here.

Mike Vanderjagt is an unusual cat, as outlined in this article.

The NFL is really getting ticky-tacky when they fine Demarcus Ware for the hit on Brunell. Yeah, his helmet hit Brunell's helmet, but it was obvious he slowed up and was trying to do everything to avoid it.

For the second time in as many games, a Cowboy has been fined for a hit on a quarterback. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was fined $5,000 by the NFL for hitting Washington's Mark Brunell. Ware said he will appeal the fine. Safety Roy Williams was fined $7,500 for his hit on Jacksonville's Byron Leftwich in the season opener.