PACKERS 41

COWBOYS 20Mike Sherman has found his calling, and the Green Bay Packers have rediscovered their rhythm.

With their coach-general manager calling plays for the second straight game, the Packers scored on their first seven possessions to thrash the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 41-20, on Sunday.

Sherman called the game with offensive coordinator Tom Rossley, still weak from heart surgery, offering advice from the coaches' box.

It was a masterpiece. Green Bay (3-4) gained 480 yards and punter Bryan Barker wasn't needed until 91/2 minutes were left.

"It's not easy, it's a grind," said Sherman, who directed the Packers to 31 points and 343 yards last week at Detroit when they snapped a four-game losing streak.

On Sunday, Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes, Ahman Green ran for his first two scores since the season opener, Ryan Longwell kicked two field goals and the halfback option pass produced points for the second straight week.

Green rushed for 163 yards, including a 90-yard score in the third quarter that was the longest Dallas had ever surrendered. He became the second player in NFL history with two career touchdown runs of at least 90 yards, joining Bo Jackson.

Cowboys safety Roy Williams apologized to the offense, the coaches and the fans for the dismal defense.

"Sometimes we don't fight," he said. "That's discouraging. It's sad. There are no excuses."

Ahman Green brings the crowd to its feet -- and knocks the Cowboys off theirs -- with a 90-yard run.