Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should be feeling pretty good right now. His 8-6 Cowboys lead the Giants by a game and the Eagles by two.
But Jones is nervous. He fears the franchise from Philly.
“Because it is the Eagles and after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I’m scared,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “It’s that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there, so you can put that scared there if you want to. I think sometimes I know I do my best when I’m scared.”
Whether Jones is scared — and whether he performs well when he feels that way — doesn’t matter. It’s his team that needs to find a way to do better than it did when losing 34-7 to the Eagles on October 30.
Jones nevertheless remains optimistic, despite his fears. “The stage is set for us to do something special,” Jones said. “We’re a team that could get on a roll. We have a talent level that could have some fun here during the next two games and the playoffs if we can get there.”
Hopefully for the Cowboys, that will be the extent of the pre-game chatter. It surely didn’t help the last time around that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan called the Eagles the “all-hype team” and vowed to “beat their ass” in the preseason.