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September 07, 2012

Jerry Jones wouldn't mind thinking of Seattle as Game 1 of a new season

Jerry Jones has an idea – start the season over right now. With Seattle as Game 1.

That might be a good way to get over the euphoria of the win over the Giants.

“Let’s start the season now, and we’ve got the first one on the road,” the Cowboys owner said on his Friday morning radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “This will be the Seattle Seahawks’ opener. I am concerned. I think they’ve got one of the better teams. They’ve gotten a lot better than they were predicted to have.”

After playing five games in 24 days, including the build-up to the NFL’s kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, the Cowboys could likely use a mental break.

“We’ve played a  lot of football in a short period of time,” coach Jason Garrett said at his Thursday press conference. “We played four preseason games in 16 days. We finished one up. We cut our team down, we were practicing like a Monday practice two days later, so I think our team really handled that part of it really, really well.

“There were some challenges that we had, kind of transitioning back from training camp, playing a lot of games in a short period of time. I thought our guys just kind of came to work every day, got themselves prepared, went up there and played well.”

Jones said he’ll break the 24-hour rule this weekend to think about the win for more than one day.

But he still wanted to be careful not to make the win into more than it was.

“We’ve got to be careful about making this the fingerprint of the team,” he said. “On the other hand, that took something for our team to go up there – that’s pretty intimidating – and pull that win off the way we did. In spite of our foibles, we pulled it off.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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