Cowboys can't afford a letdown

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With a 4-0 record in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys appear to be in control of the division, but Jerry Jones is not ready to order up any banners just yet.

“I know the caliber of the teams,” Jones said. “I see how close these games are. You see what you did within the framework of a ballgame and you know how close it is. But we’ve given ourselves a chance. We’ve got a short week, but Oakland does, too. We want to come back and make the most of this win.”

At 6-5, the Cowboys are atop the NFC East again and could take sole possession of first place with a win against the Raiders. Their 17-3 win against the Philadelphia Eagles gives them a tiebreaking edge heading into Thursday’s game.

Jason Witten has been around the Cowboys long enough to know one win -- even one as satisfying as the 24-21 win against the New York Giants -- does not a season make. He knows it will mean little if the Cowboys cannot follow it up with a win on Thursday against the Raiders.

“We needed to get this win on the road against a division opponent like this, but we’re 6-5, you know?” Witten said. “We’ve got a lot of football to play and we’re still right in the hunt. We’re one game above .500. We’ve got a lot more wins to get.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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