"This is a must-win for us," Rivera said. "We have got to win this game, no matter what."
Much of the blame for the Cowboys' loss Sunday to the NFC East-leading
New York Giants has been directed at the Dallas offensive line, which
struggled to open running lanes for the Cowboy running backs and to
keep the Giants' defensive line off quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Parcells
said Wednesday that he has not been tempted to give backup linemen like
Marc Columbo more significant playing time, adding that the Dallas
blockers simply need to block more effectively.
"At some point," Parcells said, "we've just got to do what we do
Parcells said the offensive line is not alone in in shouldering the
blame for the Cowboys' blocking woes.
"There are tight ends involved," he said. "There are receivers
Rivera said the difficulty against New York was not really a matter of
"We know we can do it, we know we can rush the ball," Rivera said.
"We've just got to do it. There's no magic potion -- it's just guys
coming off the ball and sustaining blocks, and guys running hard.
"The running game starts with the offensive line -- it starts up
Parcells said he thinks the Cowboys need to win three of the last four
regular-season games to have a chance at winning the NFC East. Rivera
sounds as if that might not be enough.
"We've got four games left, and they're very big, important games," he
said. "I want to win all of them. I don't want to lose again."
The offensive line, he said, must lead the way if the Dallas offense is
going to be productive enough for the Cowboys to win down the stretch.
"Any good football team has had a good offensive line," he said. "The
offensive line is the backbone of any good team. I believe in my heart
that we have a good offensive line. We've done it in the past -- now we
just need to do it again."
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