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Jason Witten won't call the Cowboys desperate but says they need to win

Tight end Jason Witten (82) said the reeling Cowboys are not a desperate football team but they do need to get a win against the Giants Sunday.
Tight end Jason Witten (82) said the reeling Cowboys are not a desperate football team but they do need to get a win against the Giants Sunday. Star-Telegram

The reeling Dallas Cowboys (2-3) head to New York for Sunday’s game against the Giants (3-3) riding a three-game losing streak.

They need to get a win to get back on track and keep their season and playoff hopes alive until quarterback Tony Romo returns from a fractured collarbone Nov. 22.

But tight end Jason Witten stops short of calling them a desperate football team.

“Yeah, we need to get a win,” Witten said. “I feel like you’re tricking me with the desperate, but, yeah, we need to get a win.”

Well, desperate times lead to desperate measures.

The Cowboys are making three lineup changes on offense. Matt Cassel is replacing Brandon Weeden at quarterback, La’el Collins will replace Ron Leary at left guard and Christine Michael could get the start ahead of Joseph Randle at running back.

Yet, Witten said the mindset in the locker room is about winning one game against a division opponent, not desperation.

“We need to go win a football game,” Witten said. “It’s a division game. To get to 3-0 in the division would be big. There’s no question it’s an important game.”

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