The Cowboys are 4-4. It's not where they expected to be at the mid-season mark.
But their four losses are by a total of 14 points. Two were one-point losses, and Denver beat them by three on a last-season field goal. The Cowboys blew fourth-quarter leads against the Broncos and the Lions, and they blew halftime leads against the Chiefs and the Chargers.
“It’s disappointing for us," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "I think we’re a better football team than 4-4. But at the end of the day, Bill Parcells used to say, ‘You are what you are.’ We’ve won four games pretty solidly. We unfortunately can’t win a close one right now, but that’s going to change. We’re going to get better. We’ll continue to improve. I do think that will change. I think we’ve got a good football team. We just haven’t been able to pull out one of these tight ones. We’ve lost four really close ones. We’re 0-4 in the close ones and you’d like to think one or two of those would go your way. But you are what you are. We’re 4-4. We’re disappointed. But we’re certainly optimistic about what lies ahead of us.”
Still, the Cowboys have all their preseason goals still in front of them. They lead the NFC East, who a one-game lead over the sinking Eagles, with hopes of securing their first playoff berth since 2009.
"We control our destiny," Jones said. "We have to go out and play well and play better in all phases. I think from an injury standpoint, we do have reinforcements coming in terms of getting players back on the field. So there are a lot of reasons to think that we can be better.”
The Cowboys host Minnesota and travel to New Orleans before their bye week.
-- Charean Williams