Bruce Carter and the Dallas Cowboys simply couldn't stop Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
That will be their freshest memory when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos visit on Sunday.
''There's no days off,'' said Carter, a linebacker who was beaten for two touchdowns and another big play as San Diego came back from 11 points down for a 30-21 win. ''There's no easy games. We just go back to work.''
The revamped Dallas defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin has been one of the stories of the season for the Cowboys, with turnovers, sacks and other big plays. Linebacker Sean Lee had one against the Chargers, taking an interception back 52 yards for a 21-10 lead in the second quarter.
But those were the last points for Dallas. And Lee was beaten by Antonio Gates for a touchdown and a nine-point lead for San Diego on its third straight scoring drive of the second half.
So now there's this sobering reality: With Manning se...