Cowboys say 10-day layoff didn't hurt them

September, 17, 2012
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SEATTLE -- The Cowboys had 10 days off between the Week 1 victory over the New York Giants and the Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Following the loss, several Cowboys players said the layoff didn't hurt the team. But it was clear there was a lack of spark.

Maybe it had something to do with the early deficit. Felix Jones fumbled the opening kickoff, and it resulted in a Seattle field goal. A blocked punt was turned in for a touchdown, and quarterback Tony Romo had a pass intercepted. All three happened within the first nine minutes of the game.

In some ways, the Cowboys might have lost momentum from the Giants game.

"Every game is different, every week is different," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "You have to play these games to win them. Momentum is not a thing in the NFL. I don’t believe in it because every week is a different type of ballgame and in order for you to be a good team, you have to be able to bounce back from these and be able to move on from the wins, and that’s what we’re tying to do. I'm not trying to disband from the fact we lost this game because we have to watch it and make sure we don’t do it again and at the end of the day we've got Tampa Bay next week."

But NFL teams like to play well on a consistent basis. Ask the Giants and other teams about finishing seasons strong or starting a season off on a positive note.

"To learn from it, whether or not we won or lost this week, we need to get better from it either way," Romo said. "Obviously you want to win while your learning but we weren't able to do that (Sunday)."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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