Cowboys say ‘a win’s a win’ as NFC East title hopes keep alive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Dallas Cowboys weren’t going to apologize for his or her 27-13 win in opposition to the Tennessee Titans.

“A win’s a win, and we’re going to take it and we’re going to get better from the mistakes and make sure that we’re improving,” quarterback Dak Prescott mentioned. “But a road win, short week, you’ve got to take them all. And style points and all that, that’s for y’all who think games are won on paper.”

On paper, the Cowboys ought to have received by extra in opposition to a Titans crew that rested a lot of key gamers, together with operating again Derrick Henry, and had Josh Dobbs make the primary begin of his NFL profession. A win or loss wouldn’t have impacted Tennessee’s spot within the AFC South. Their season comes right down to their Week 18 matchup in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The significance of the Cowboys’ Week 18 matchup in opposition to the Washington Commanders will probably be decided by how the Philadelphia Eagles fare Sunday in opposition to the New Orleans Saints. If Philadelphia wins, it wins the NFC East and clinches the highest seed within the convention. If the Eagles lose, then the Cowboys would win the division in the event that they beat the Commanders and the Eagles lose to the Giants of their finale.

“Oh, I’m a Saints fan. Definitely,” coach Mike McCarthy mentioned.

He is additionally a fan of his crew. The Cowboys have received eight of their previous 10 video games, with the one losses coming in time beyond regulation to the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Jaguars. For the primary time since 1994-95, the Cowboys have posted consecutive 12-win seasons. On Thursday, they overcame three first-half turnovers by Prescott, together with two interceptions that raised his season whole to an NFL-high 14.

Coming off an emotional 40-34 win in opposition to the Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, McCarthy knew this sport can be robust, calling this stretch probably the most tough of the season.

“I’m in tune with the injuries and all the things that are going on,” McCarthy mentioned. “All the little stuff. Yeah, it wasn’t clean. This was not a clean performance. We recognize that. I’m not disputing that at all. But I do know my football team. I know that they came out of a hard victory on Sunday and took a little longer to get their bodies back. That’s what Thursday night football is. It’s a tough challenge. But the most important thing is we answered the bell and we got it done.”

The Cowboys had been taking part in their second straight sport with out beginning linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and had been working one other secondary mixture with Nahshon Wright taking part in extra snaps within the nickel protection whereas additionally developing with an interception. On offense, the Cowboys had been with out main rusher Tony Pollard, who has a thigh bruise, and misplaced middle Tyler Biadasz within the second half to a excessive proper ankle sprain.

Biadasz’s absence brought on three strikes on the offensive line, with Connor McGovern transferring to middle from left guard, Tyler Smith transferring to left guard and Jason Peters taking up at left sort out.

“It’s just a testament to how our team fights to make it through this three-game stretch,” defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence mentioned. “I mean the body is on fire, you know? And we still overcame and got the victory tonight.”

And now they’ve some additional time to prepare for Washington, though the precise date of the sport has but to be set.

“Rest,” Prescott mentioned. “Obviously get the rest we need, get our bodies back underneath us and then mentally understanding what’s to come. Take a couple of days or two and get away from it, but know when we come back we’ve got to finish this season off on the right foot and we’ve got a long, long run ahead of us that we know we’re capable of making.”