Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spent more than $52 million in signing bonuses and guaranteed money on offseason upgrades through the draft and free agency.
His goal was to make a quick turnaround from last season's 6-10 campaign
and make a run at the playoffs in 2005.
Through eight games, Jones has proven to have made a wise investment, as the Cowboys (5-3) are second in the NFC East behind the Giants (5-2).
They are tied for the conference lead in wins, giving them as good a shot as
anyone to be a Super Bowl contender from the NFC.
"I think any time you have as many wins as anybody in the division you
have certainly a chance," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "But it's not
Thanksgiving yet. If we could put a couple more wins together here pretty
quick, then you know you would at least be in it to the last month. That
always gives you something to shoot for. But we're not really in that
Said Jones: "We have a feel for the other teams. We know how we stack up
now. We feel we have a shot."
Jones credits the impact play from a strong rookie class led by
linebacker Demarcus Ware and defensive end Marcus Spears. Free agent
quarterback Drew Bledsoe and cornerback Anthony Henry have been huge hits on
offense and defense, respectively.
"I have always believed in my ability to play this position, and with the
way that this team is playing I expect to perform at a fairly consistent
level," Bledsoe said. "Honestly, I expect to play better down the stretch."
The key to the Cowboys making a run in the second half is keeping Bledsoe
protected and healthy.
The Cowboys are confident and believe they can compete with any team in
the NFC right now.
"When we play well we can beat anyone," Bledsoe said. "The team has shown
improvement through the first eight games. We are getting better from week
to week and that's something you have to have. Those chances to really be a
competitive team and be a championship team are fleeting, and you have to
try to grab it every year."
Jerry Jones Confident as Ever
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