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Cowboys sitting pretty in their bid for home-field playoff advantage

The Cowboys are riding high after yet another victory, the seventh consecutive after a season-opening loss to the Giants.
The Cowboys are riding high after yet another victory, the seventh consecutive after a season-opening loss to the Giants. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Since Tony Romo became the Cowboys’ starting quarterback in 2006, they have used eight backups in his stead. They went 7-20 without Romo until this season, including 1-11 last season.

So, Jerry Jones was asked, what if someone told you before the season you sit 7-1 at midseason with rookie backup Dak Prescott.

“Well, you and I would have had to have been carried in, because we’d have both been intoxicated,” Jones said, laughing. “But we were having fun.”

The Cowboys’ record has them holding a two-game lead in their division over the Giants. It’s also the best record in the NFC and tied with the Patriots for the best record in football.

Before its Monday night game against Buffalo, Seattle was the only other NFC team with less than three losses. The Seahawks entered Monday with a 4-2-1 mark.

The other NFC division leaders, Minnesota (5-3) and Atlanta (6-3), both have three losses.

“I wouldn’t dare make that comparison,” Jones said when asked if the Cowboys were the best team in the NFC. “What I would compare it to is how and where we were this time last year. Now that’s vivid to me. And when I see how we’re playing, the optimism that we have, just the confidence that we have, then it’s daylight and dark. And a lot of people say Dak has a supporting cast, and he does, he really does, but we had pretty good running back last year in [Darren] McFadden, a great offensive line, didn’t have Dez [Bryant] out there, but we had a tough time moving the ball. So Dak’s doing a good job.”

The Cowboys’ seven-game winning streak ties for second in team history, a game short of tying for the longest in team history. They were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak this time last year.

“I really don’t think we know what to envision to be honest,” Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott said when asked if the players envisioned a 7-1 start. “Playing for the Cowboys, you have high expectations, and they have high expectations of you. But I don’t think anyone knew what to expect. No matter, we were going to work. It’s good and it means a lot to us, but there are things we can get better at.”

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