Nobody's Giving Up

The Cowboys have said all the things you expect from a team that started the season with playoff aspirations and is sitting at 2-3 after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in a devastating loss.

The mantra was the same from everybody on every level: Nobody is giving up on anything.

"We can still do this. We can still do what we wanted to do," owner Jerry Jones said. "We are not changing the course at all. This is the wrong time to be changing the course."

"The Eagles started last season 2-3 and they ended up in the NFC Championship Game," defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said.

"There is still a lot of football left and ... I think in this league you still have to wait until after Thanksgiving to find out what's what," coach Bill Parcells said. "I think we are going to have a lot better picture of things with five or six games to go than now."

Parcells, especially, danced away from talk of this season becoming about 2005 if the Cowboys don't start winning. The reality is how the Cowboys fare in the next three games (at Green Bay, Detroit at home and at Cincinnati) is going to go a long way in determining what the second half is all about.

"It will be in some respects," Parcells said. "If we can get to the halfway mark at .500 or above, we have a good chance."

Just the same, the players understand that confidence is waning, which is why the veterans conducted a come to Jesus meeting this week on Monday.

The Cowboys have a losing record for the first time since Bill Parcells lost his Dallas debut in 2003.

And unlike in 2003, when an early five-game winning streak propelled the Cowboys to an impressive turnaround and the playoffs under Parcells, they are losing ground this season. They lost at home the last two weeks, blowing halftime leads in both games.

"The big thing for a team that I don't think is brimming with confidence is not to let the disappointment of losing a hard game carry over into your preparation and your effort in the next game," Parcells said.

Series History: 26th meeting. The Cowboys lead the series 14-11. The Cowboys and Packers have played only four times at Lambeau Field with Green Bay winning all four meetings. Dallas has won nine of the last 10 meetings. Dallas' eight game win streak from 1991-1996 is the fifth longest streak against an opponent in club history. These teams have met in postseason play six times, including two NFL championship games.

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