The Cowboys ought to enjoy last night’s win.
But there isn’t really time to.
The relief or excitement of beating the Giants 31-28 last night also brings the realization they have to turn things around quickly to prepare for Thursday’s game with the Eagles.
“When we land in Dallas, [this] game no longer matters,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com.
The Cowboys got home in the wee hours and will practice this afternoon, but coaches got a head start on game-planning for the Eagles during their post-London bye week, which is why owner Jerry Jones wasn’t griping about the turnaround from playing a Sunday night road game to a short-week special.
“That’s three hours, that’s really nothing,” Jones said of the travel difference. “We’ll get rest on the plane and go in there, but we’ve got three more hours to prepare than Philadelphia, I guess. Did Philadelphia get a bye last week? OK, we got one, so we got the edge. . . .
“And we’re playing at home, so when you look at the edges, which edge would you rather have?” Would you rather have Philadelphia’s having to travel or us when we had a bye week?”
Either way, this week’s game is crucial. Even though the two teams are tied at 8-3, the Eagles have a better division record which will benefit them in case of a tie. But with two games between them in the next three weeks, they have a chance for that to not matter.