The easiest way to the Super Bowl is to get home-field advantage. The easiest way into the playoffs is by winning home games. Over the past four seasons, only one team with a losing home record has made the playoffs. The Denver Broncos made the postseason last year, with an 8-8 record, after going only 3-5 at home.
“The big thing with making the playoffs is if you win all your home games,” Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher said. “That’s very important. You’ve got to win your home games, and then win a few on the road, and that’ll allow you to get in as least as a wild card.”
Dallas did that in Texas Stadium, going 213-100 (.681) in 38 seasons playing in Irving.
Even though there is no place like Cowboys Stadium, the team has yet to create a home-field advantage in the $1.2 billion stadium. They are only 13-11 at home during the regular season in Arlington.
“We want to have a home-field advantage, but that starts with us winning games consistently,” Lee said. “We’ve got to have that identity. When people come in here, they need to know its going to be a hard place to play, and it’s going to be hard day.”
-- Charean Williams