IRVING -- The Cowboys are 1-2 on the season and a loss to the Titans on Sunday could make things worse for the Cowboys.
Yes, worse than the 0-2 start that had coach Wade Phillips grumpy, a called player's only meetings and changes in how the team practices.
Even if the Cowboys win to even their record, quarterback Tony Romo still believes the club is fighting uphill.
"You're going to be fighting a 0-2 all season," Romo said. "It's not always just about one other team or a couple of teams, it's about us getting better throughout the whole year while winning. That’s part of it. We put ourselves in a hole."
Under the current playoff format, instituted in 1990, 22 teams have reached the playoffs after starting 0-2. The 1993 Cowboys started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl and the Patriots did it twice reaching the Super Bowl in 1996 and winning it in 2001.
The 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 and rallied to win the Super Bowl.
Winning that Week 3 game in Houston was big for a many reasons but it doesn't mean the Cowboys are moving forward. They still have to take on a difficult schedule that starts with the Titans on Sunday.
"We're going to have to fight for a long time to get out of this, it's not like we accomplished anything yet," Romo said. "We’re not trying to be the whatever it is where we’re at, we have high aspirations and goals for this team so, we need to play a good football game this week."
Maybe Marcus Spears said it best.
"After two weeks you're in the [expletive] house. We ain't in the penthouse. We're in between. You're not really [in the penthouse] until you win it all."