Linebacker DeMarcus Ware said the bye came at a good time for the Cowboys as they get to let the 34-18 blowout loss to Bears marinate and fester for more than week before they return to play the Ravens.
"We've got to think about that hurt and pain for losing that game, how it panned out," Ware said. "Let that marinate for a week or 10 days instead of a couple of days. That is what we need. Will it put a fire up under us? What are you going to do get the feeling away? We got to find a way to get that feeling out of there. The good teams, they come back. They find a way to dig themselves out of that hole. We didn't play a good game last week. We are we going to do about it. We have the Ravens. It's a big game for us. How are we going to respond?"
Ware acknowledges the road game against the Ravens Oct. 14 starts a crucial stretch for the Cowboys, who play four of the next five on the road. They play at Carolina Oct. 21 then play the Giants at home Oct. 28 before games at Atlanta Nov. 4 and at Philadelphia Nov. 11.
Ware said the Cowboys will find out if they truly have the mental and physical makings of possible playoff team.
"These games are going to really show the character our team," Ware said. "You've got Baltimore. You've got a big stretch of games coming to find out if you really want it or not. Are you going to weather the storm through this stuff that's about to brew up in these games that are coming up? We will see."
Ware said he feels good about the Cowboys responding, especially on defense because of the return of three starters from injury -- linebacker Anthony Spencer (pectoral muscle), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and left end Kenyon Coleman (knee).
But they must go out and prove it starting against the Ravens after the bye.
-- Clarence Hill