The Cowboys played two games at the Meadowlands, starting with a dramatic overtime win over the Giants. After a bye week, the Cowboys returned to New Jersey to face the Jets, yet another of Bill Parcells' former teams.
In a rainy day, the Cowboys fought through the weather conditions to outlast a gritty Jets squad.
Actually, the weather might have helped the Cowboys early in the game when safety Roy Williams knocked the ball away from future Hall of Fame back Curtis Martin just before the goal line. The fumble went into the end zone, recovered by Darren Woodson for a touchback.
Down 3-0 in the second quarter, the Cowboys' offense finally came alive. Troy Hambrick got the team on the board with a 31-yard touchdown run. And just before halftime, Quincy Carter found Antonio Bryant for a 13-yard score with 12 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Jets kept it close and trimmed the lead to eight with a third-quarter field quarter. But Carter and Joey Galloway made enough plays on a fourth-quarter drive that led to a Billy Cundiff field goal, sealing the win 17-6.
It was Cundiff's only field goal of the game, coming off the previous win against the Giants where he hit seven field goals, including a clutch game-tying kick at the end of regulation and then a game-winner in overtime.
Hambrick finished the game with 127 rushing yards while Galloway had five catches for 100 yards.
The victory pushed the Cowboys' record to 2-1, marking the first time in four seasons they were over .500 during a regular season.