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Cowboys finish like last year but Jerry Jones says they are better

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) talks to team owner Jerry Jones before an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) talks to team owner Jerry Jones before an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. AP

What’s the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Well, consider the Dallas Cowboys whose 20-19 season opening loss to the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium looked a lot like last year.

The Cowboys went 4-12 in 2015 largely because they couldn’t win without injured quarterback Tony Romo.

He missed 12 games and the team went 1-11 without him.

They were unable to finish games last year, losing seven games that after being with seven points or less in the fourth quarter

The Cowboys had hoped things would be different in 2016 with rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott starting the first six games for an injured Romo instead of the motley crew of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassell and Kelen Moore of a year ago.

Charean Williams and Clarence Hill talk about the Dallas Cowboys season-opening 20-19 loss to the New York Giants.

Prescott completed 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards but didn’t throw a touchdown pass and was unable to get the Cowboys in the end zone with consistency.

But Jones was mostly disappointed with a Cowboys defense that gave up touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz early in the fourth quarter and then couldn’t get a stop late when they needed to get the ball back with enough time to attempt a final rally.

“They were pretty effective running the ball near the end, gashed us real good two or three times,” Jones said. “So yeah, that looked like last year. Play for the defense to stop them. Don’t stop them and get beat. But we’re in better shape to not play that way or have that happen to us because we’re better offensively.”

Jones looks at Sunday’s game as an aberration because the Cowboys are better offensively than they were a year ago, thanks to Prescott, an improved receiver corps and a better running game with rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

“Yeah, I really know we’re better than last year relative to our receiving group,” Jones said. “We’re better at running back. We’ve got more depth and I think we’re better at quarterback than when we didn’t have Romo last year. So it doesn’t remind me of last year as far as our ability to be a real good offensive team.”

“I was disappointed near the end that we didn’t get them out. That’s trite to say that. Really disappointing. We know we can’t play, we can’t play to that.”

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