Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likes the position his team finds itself in with two weeks to go, leading the NFC East by a game. It’s sure better than where it was last week, having lost two consecutive games and wasting a chance at an early clinching of the division championship.
But he’s not comfortable about anything yet.
Not with the Philadelphia Eagles coming to town on Saturday.
Not after the 34-7 loss they put on the Cowboys in October.
"Because it is the Eagles, and after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I'm scared," Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on The Fan 105.3 FM. "It's that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there. So you can put that scared there if you want to. I think sometimes, I know I do my best work when I'm scared."
The Cowboys retain a chance to win the division. If the Giants lose in a noon kickoff on Saturday, the Cowboys will know by the time their game starts that they can clinch the division with a victory.
If the Giants win ahead of them, then the Cowboys-Giants winner the next week wins the division, regardless of the outcome of the Eagles-Cowboys game.
"The stage is set for us to do something special," Jones said. "We're a team that could get on a roll. We have a talent level that could have some fun here during the next two games and the playoffs if we can get there."
-- Carlos Mendez