A week ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared his team a viable Super Bowl title contender. And that was when they were 2-3 and before a sloppy 19-14 victory against the Carolina Panthers.
The devastating loss of linebacker Sean Lee for the season with a sprained toe and the continued absence of running back DeMarco Murray, who is out indefinitely with a sprained foot, has Jones singing a more pessimistic tune heading into Sunday's showdown with the NFC East-leading and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants (5-2).
"Against this team, regarded by many and arguably the best team in the NFL, we wanted all hands on deck," Jones said. "It is disappointing not to have two players of that caliber. I’ve said all along I think this team has an opportunity to be a contender but the one exception that I made was … sitting as we’re sitting right now health wise, injury can make a difference and does in the NFL. It’s been my experience when you do have a situation like this, others will step up. Others on the field at different positions will compensate."
At least he hopes but he appears no longer as definitive or confident about a Super Bowl run.