MIAMI (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys' two-game point total is their highest since 1971, so forgive new head coach Wade Phillips for gloating.
"How 'bout the defense?!" Phillips exclaimed.
Dallas did plenty of scoring again Sunday, but this time with help from their defense. Five takeaways helped the unbeaten Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins 37-20.
The ball-hawking delighted Phillips, the former San Diego defensive coordinator who was a little chagrined to win the opener 45-35 over the New York Giants.
"Five turnovers _ how about that?" he said. "That's the kind of defense we have."
The Cowboys have won their first two games for the first time since 1999, when they started 3-0 but finished 8-8.
"You can't crown us champions right now," said Ken Hamlin, whose 35-yard interception return set up a field goal. "It's only the second week of the season."
Short-handed because of injuries to three starters, the Dallas defense nonetheless intercepted Trent Green four times and recovered a fumbled snap. Dallas came from behind twice and nursed a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, then sealed the win with two touchdowns in the final 4:01.
Anthony Henry had two interceptions, and Hamlin and Roy Williams added one apiece, while the Cowboys committed no turnovers.
Elusive Tony Romo threw for 186 yards and two scores and ran for 36 yards. He put Dallas ahead 30-13 with four minutes left by throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-5 to Terrell Owens, who celebrated by leaning against the goal post and holding the ball to his face as if videotaping with it.
That was Owens' way of poking fun at the spying scandal involving New England coach Bill Belichick.
"It was all in good fun," Owens said with a grin. "I hope they don't give me a hefty fine like they gave Belichick."
Owens did receive a 15-yard penalty for "using the goal post as a prop."
"He knows that we can't have those types of penalties," Phillips said. "I'm sure he'll apologize to his teammates."
Miami fell to 0-2 for the third time in four years, and new coach Cam Cameron is off to a rough start in his bid to end a franchise-record five-year playoff drought.
"If you've been in this business long enough, you've been in this position before," Cameron said. "I know I have."
The Dolphins' ineptitude included their punt team, which committed penalties on consecutive plays, negating a 53-yard net kick with the second flag. The subsequent punt was returned 49 yards by Patrick Crayton, and three plays later, a scrambling Romo hit Tony Curtis with a 2-yard touchdown pass to put the Cowboys ahead to stay, 17-13.
Dallas mounted a pair of 12-play scoring drives in the first half, each lasting more than six minutes. Rookie Nick Folk was perfect, making field goals of 26, 28 and 47 yards.
Defense did the rest - with help from the Dolphins.
A bizarre sequence led Miami to run two spike plays in a row at the end of the first half, possibly costing them a touchdown.
With 25 seconds left, Green wanted to stop the clock but fumbled before he could spike the ball. Another six seconds ran down before Green took another snap and spiked successfully. One play later, on fourth down, the Dolphins settled for a 45-yard field goal by Jay Feely that left them trailing 10-6 at the half.
Dallas' other takeaway came when a snap slipped through Green's hands in the third quarter, leading to a field goal.
"I have tough enough skin and broad enough shoulders," said Green, booed in his home debut for the Dolphins. "Unfortunately this is not the first time I've had a day like this."