The Cowboys have bought into Jason Garrett’s mantra of “one game at a time.”
They celebrated Sunday’s 30-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks with Wiz Khalifa’s rap song We Dem Boyz blaring in the locker room. It was a spirited plane ride home, too, turbulence and all.
No one outside the locker room expected the Cowboys to beat the defending Super Bowl champions.
They entered as 8 1/2-point underdogs. They left as a legitimate playoff and — dare we use the “S” word? — Super Bowl contender.
So they partied like it was 2007, the last time the Cowboys got off to a 5-1 start.
But by Monday, players already were making mention of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“This just means we can play with anyone in the NFL,” safety Barry Church said Monday during a promotional appearance for the Komen Dallas County Race for the Cure. “Seattle is one of the better teams in the NFL, so going up to their place and beating them set a high mark for us.
“We knew going into this game, we had a pretty good chance at winning. But overall getting a win does wonders for us going into New York.”
Former coach Bill Parcells was known for hanging mouse traps in the locker room after big wins. The message was: Don’t eat the cheese.
“You’ve got to keep not living in yesterday and learning from it and moving forward and staying focused on the task at hand,” Garrett said. “It’s something we preach. We preach it all throughout our coaching staff and to our team.
“The game that we play is really set up for that. It’s the only way you can function. If you think about how our weeks are set up, we play 16 games, so it’s one game at a time. Then, your practice week is one practice at a time. Then, you break it down even further than that to one play at a time, and that’s something that we really believe in. You have to let the last one go and move on to the next one and be your best, be the best version of yourself. And we’ve got to continue to try to get better.”
The Cowboys are happy but not satisfied after giving the Seahawks only their second home loss in the Russell Wilson era. Dallas stands as one of only three NFL teams with a 5-1 record, though one of the others is division-foe Philadelphia.
“It’s a big win,” said tight end Gavin Escobar, who had a 2-yard touchdown catch Sunday. “Not too many teams go into Seattle and win, so it was a big win for us. But we have to keep building on this and keep rolling.”
The Cowboys’ home game against the Giants on Sunday marks their first NFC East game of the year after going 5-1 in the division last year. It’s a different opponent in a different venue, but the goal remains the same.
“Every win is big,” guard Ron Leary said. “Of course, when you go to the defending world champs’ home and win, that’s a big win. But we know we have to do it again. We won the game, celebrated last night, but it’s time to move on to the first division game against the Giants.”
Brian Gosset contributed to this report