The New England Patriots are a good football team. The Cowboys know that. But they’re not going to spend the week leading up to their matchup in Foxboro anointing the Pats as world beaters--or “football gods,” as it were. Just ask Cowboys’ defensive end Marcus Spears.
"Yeah, we're probably going to get killed. They're the greatest team to ever play football," Spears deadpanned recently, per the Dallas Morning News. "We're not deeming this team gods of football. They can be beat. We saw it."
After the considerable challenge presented by New England, the schedule gets a little more friendly for Dallas. As the Morning News’ Brandon George points out, the team’s next three opponents, after New England, have a combined 3-11 record. Considering the jumble of teams in the race for the NFC East right now, and the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys can’t help but feel like they’ll have a very real opportunity to push for a playoff spot.
"The whole league is wide open right now. You look at it week to week," said cornerback Alan Ball. "People say it's hard to win in the NFL and you can just see it. You have teams that are coming out of everywhere, winning and playing good ball and it's exciting because everybody is kind of even keel."
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