Jets get steamrolled

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

IRVING, Tex. -- The Cowboys have made team history with a 10-1 start, but even ubiquitous owner Jerry Jones and flamboyant receiver Terrell Owens aren't making any Super Bowl statements.

Not when Jones recalls some of the recent poor finishes by his club. Not when there are two powerhouse AFC teams in New England and Indianapolis and certainly not with the Green Bay Packers (10-1) coming here Thursday.

"I do know 10-1 gets you places," Jones said in the Cowboys dressing room as coach Wade Phillips, quarterback Tony Romo and Owens celebrated yesterday's 34-3 crushing of the New York Jets. "I have to think it's better than 6-4 or 4-6. We've faded so much in the last quarter of the schedule the past five years.

"But we're well rested, we've been measured since training camp and our injuries are in good shape. All of that makes me feel good about 10-1."

Owens made it six games in a row with a TD catch, tying the second longest streak in club history.

"It (10-1) is a great accomplishment, but we're trying to get that Super Bowl championship," he said. "We made history, but it doesn't stop there. We're trying to get to Arizona."

No Cowboys coach from the legendary Tom Landry to Jimmy Johnson to Bill Parcells was this successful by Thanksgiving.

"Good football teams can run off four or five wins," Phillips noted. "We were winning games by big margins, so I thought we had a good team."

It seemed the Cowboys barely broke into a sweat yesterday, at least on offence with Romo not in top form. Yet they still racked up 344 yards and denied the 2-9 Jets on 12 of their first 13 third-down conversions. Marion Barber's seven-yard run capped the Cowboys' first drive of the game, Jason Witten hauled in a 25-yarder from Romo and Terence Newman picked off Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens for a 50-yard score in the first half.

"If we win next week, does it help us win our goal? Yes," Romo said. "But if we lose does it completely derail it? No. It doesn't put you in the Super bowl, but it does give you confidence."

Romo will concede the spotlight to Packers' Brett Favre next week. The ancient warrior is having an incredible season and home field in the playoffs is at stake.

"Favre's a Hall of Famer and every time NFL Films does something on the Hall, you're going to see pictures of him every time," Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears said.

The Cowboys watched a bit of Favre's Packers pick apart the Detroit Lions in the appetizer of the NFL's three-course Thanksgiving. Romo was asked if Favre didn't look a little sharper than he yesterday.

"Hopefully he had his best game of the year today, because it's hard to put games like that together back to back," Romo said.


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