Although he is injured and said he will be a game-time decision, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten brought the truth on Thursday in the locker room. In arguably the most honest moment brought by a player this season, Witten assessed his team's situation going into Sunday's game:
"(The Giants) are playing really well, and we've struggled, even with Tony (Romo) out there, we didn't play our best football and I think we understand that.
"I don't think this team looks at it as being an underdog or anything like that. We're confident, we're going up there to get a win, and I hope everybody on this team, and I think they do, understands that and looks at from the same view point."
Witten may be the first member of the Cowboys to fully admit that the team had not been playing well with Romo playing.
And there has been some thought that the Cowboys may just write off Sunday's game as un-winable, and just prepare for the week after the bye when nearly all of the major injured players are expected to return.
Witten stomped on that theory, too, that just beating the Buccaneers to ensure a 5-4 record before the bye isn't good enough.
"We can't bank of that because we have a tough schedule then, too," Witten said. "It's not going to be an easy road when (Romo) gets back. This team needs to collectively understand that. We're not just going up there to play a game. We're going up there to win. If anybody is looking at it any other way they need to check themselves because we're going up there to win a game. Although people have them going to the Super Bowl we feel confident and we'll see where we're at."
- Mac Engel