FRISCO, Texas -- Coming off a loss like last week's to the Los Angeles Rams, the Dallas Cowboys can use good news wherever they can get it.
Maybe this helps: Terry McAulay will be the referee for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, and the Cowboys have won four in a row with him calling the show. It doesn't matter that since Jason Garrett took over as coach midway through the 2010 season that the Cowboys have 62 penalties for 555 yards in the nine games McAulay has worked, compared to the 56 penalties for 503 yards for the opponents.
All that matters is a win, and the Cowboys need a win against the Packers to avoid falling below .500 for the first time in Dak Prescott's time as their quarterback.
Last week McAulay worked the Buffalo Bills' upset of the Atlanta Falcons. His crew called 14 penalties with 13 accepted. The Bills had nine penalties for 55 yards, while the Falcons had four flags for 45 yards.
Here is a breakdown:
Illegal block above the waist --2
Offensive pass interference -- 1
Neutral zone infraction -- 2
Offensive holding -- 3
Defensive pass interference -- 2
Unnecessary roughness -- 1
False start -- 1
Delay of game -- 1
Defensive holding -- 1
First -- 1
Second -- 6
Third -- 2
Fourth -- 5