Cowboys' hopes alive but unrealistic

Despite win over Panthers, Jerry's optimism, this isn't a playoff-caliber team

Updated: October 22, 2012, 6:03 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Dallas Cowboys' dream didn't die Sunday afternoon. They survived against a 1-5 team.

Go ahead, join Jerry Jones in envisioning a Lombardi trophy in the future of his .500 team. Buy a few of those Cowboys lottery tickets while you're feeling lucky. The cold, harsh truth: Unless something drastically changes, the Cowboys' 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers only delayed the inevitable.

Plain and simple, this is not a playoff-caliber team. And the Cowboys certainly ...

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