The bad news for the Cowboys is they are 0-2 for the first time since 2001 and headed to Houston for a "must-win" game. The good news is their competition in the NFC East isn't much better.
The Cowboys are in the cellar, but the Giants and Redskins lost Sunday to fall to 1-1, and the Eagles won to go to 1-1. That means despite being 0-for-the-season, the Cowboys are only one game out of the division lead.
"This is not college football," receiver Roy Williams said. "We’re an 0-2 football team. We have a game coming up next week and we have a bye week [after that]. So hopefully we can get in the bye week 1-2 and we can regroup and handle the rest of the schedule.
"We’re fine. We’re 0-2. we’re not panicking. I know it’s going to be the theme of 'The Cowboys in distress' and yada, yada, yada. But it’s not college football. We’ve got two losses, and that’s fine. We can still go 14-2 and be on our way."
Of course, a cynic would point out that the Cowboys already have lost to a division opponent, and they've lost a home game. That doesn't bode well for going 14-2.
But it is possible that 9-7 or even 8-8 wins the East this year. They still can win the division, and once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen. Only two teams have really stepped up in the NFC so far -- the Packers (2-0) and the Saints (1-0) have looked like Super Bowl contenders. I guess it's hard to count out the Bears (2-0), but there still is some skepticism about how good they really are after victories over the Lions and the Cowboys. The point is: There is a lot of football left to be played.
-- Charean Williams