Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys executive vice-president/director of player personnel, said the time is now for this team to make a playoff push, if it is going to happen. Even if the Cowboys (3-4) will be playing a road game against the NFL’s lone remaining undefeated team, the Atlanta Falcons (7-0).
“When you get behind, like we are right now, every game is critical ... If you let one get away from you, it will bite you in the end,” Jones said. “It starts right now.”
Jones said the Cowboys have “got to get some things worked out. Then, if we can go on a little run, we can get ahead of the game.”
After playing Atlanta, Dallas has only one game left against an opponent with a winning record in its final eight games: a Dec. 16 contest against Pittsburgh (4-3) in Cowboys Stadium.
The Cowboys have a history of recent success against teams sporting undefeated records late in the season. Dallas knocked off New Orleans, 24-17, on Dec. 19, 2009 _ stopping the Saints’ 13-0 start _ and also defeated Indianapolis, 21-14, on Nov. 19, 2006. The Colts were 9-0 heading into that contest.
_ Jimmy Burch