It's been nearly a month since Miles Austin was trying to catch his breath at the bottom of the pile in what looked like an over-hyped end zone celebration after beating the win-less Chiefs. All the Cowboys have been doing since is celebrating.
Last week, players credited that game for pulling them all together; now Jerry Jones believes this win over the Eagles will be the next benchmark victory.
"I think every player and coach had such big-time respect for Philly, their staff and memory of last year, to come here to get a win and lead our division is very tangible for our team," said Jones. "These guys, when they go home tonight, may not be the same guys. After playing a great team on the road like this, they may be different guys, and we'll benefit from it," Jones said.
There were a number of key plays last night that needed confidence to execute and with their success, leaves this team even more confident. Two of them came in the fourth quarter. The defensive line stopping Donovan McNabb on fourth and inches. "The odds are in their favor big-time, I don't know the percentages but it's pretty high in their favor, " said Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking. "It just says so much about our willingness to win the game and step up to make plays and that's the difference in winning and losing."
Same goes for the third and six play to Jason Witten, creating a first down at the Eagles 24 and the Cowboys just ran out the clock from there. "Tony said he would come on that play and I knew to get first down, get down, stay in and roll with it there," said Witten. "They were playing off and we had to come off quick. It was a great call by Jason. He said on the sideline that we may run that there to get the first and it worked out perfect for us."
Tony Romo overcame throwing his only interception in the last four games with big plays near the end of the game and at the halfway point of the season, he's seeing it all come together "Nothing excites me more than seeing improvement," said Romo after notching his 20th 300-yard passing game. "That gets me excited about tomorrow, to improve and get the team better. Me not making the same mistakes, it's the most enjoyable part of sports."
The biggest danger for the Cowboys now is a let-down. At this moment, New Orleans is the only remaining opponent in the final eight games that have a better record than the Cowboys and the next three teams the Cowboys will face are 4-4, 2-6 and 2-6.
"We just have to stay level-headed with it and take it for what it's worth," said linebacker Keith Brooking. "It's huge (the win) but at the end of the day we have to keep doing what we've been doing and get better as a football team and if we keep that mentality, with this confidence that we're building and the talent that we have, it's going to be tough to stop this football team."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times