Morris Claiborne has only one thing on his Christmas wish list – winning.
Although their Super Bowl odds slipped from 25-1 to 150-1 after Tony Romo fractured his left collarbone, the Cowboys still have hope.
“There’s a lot of hope,” Clairbone said during the team’s annual visits to local children’s hospitals. “It seems the way we’re playing, we’re losing and our record, but if you sit back and look at the overall picture, we’re not out of it just yet. It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”
Only the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans have a worse record than the Cowboys’ 3-8 mark. Yet, the Cowboys’ playoff hopes are alive if not well.
The Cowboys stand only two games behind the Giants and the Redskins in the NFC East. The Eagles are one game better than Dallas.
“This is a group of guys… that there’s no quit at all,” center Travis Frederick said. “Everybody has got the attitude every week that it’s a new week and a new day. I think coach [Jason] Garrett has done a good job of instilling that in everybody, and everybody has done a really good job of taking it to heart and going and out just doing it. Guys are showing up ready to go, and we’re excited to go to practice today.”
If the Giants lose to the Jets on Sunday, and the Cowboys beat the Redskins on Monday night, Dallas will move to within one game of the division lead with four games to play.
“Our mindset is still the same, continue working and continue to finish the rest of this season out,” offensive tackle Tyron Smith said. “You never know what could happen. You have to still stay positive throughout the whole thing and work on small things and stay focused on the rest of the season.”