Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys' 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Same old Cowboys? Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not buying the “same old Cowboys,” question from the media. For the second straight year the Cowboys could not follow up a season-opening win against the New York Giantswith a win in Week 2. They lost at Seattle last season, 27-7. “Do I see similarities from last year?” Jones said. “No, I do not. I refute that.”

Key mistakes: Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, but two plays hurt: a questionable pass-interference penalty in the second quarter that would have flipped field position, and a big drop of a deep ball from Tony Romo with the Chiefs leading 17-13 in the fourth quarter. But Bryant also played through a tight back that forced him to the sidelines on multiple occasions. He was unable to finish last season’s season finale against the Washington Redskinswith a back injury as well.

Romo's ribs not an issue: Romo took a pain-killing injection before kickoff and said his bruised ribs did not affect him during the game. He completed only eight of 15 passes in the fourth quarter, but would not use the soreness as an excuse.