Undefeated Dallas vs. undefeated New England for what many are calling a Super Bowl preview.
5-0 vs. 5-0.
Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss.
Tom Brady vs. Tony Romo.
Bill Belichick vs. Wade Phillips.
Oh, wait. Maybe not the last one.
But as you can see, it's hard not to get caught up in the hype of
this colossal matchup.
"Both of us are 5-0 -- I don't care what the situation is," Owens
said. "We're going to be ready on Sunday, period. We're going to play
like we've been playing. Nothing's going to change, and nobody's going
to come in here and dictate how we're going to play."
Said Phillips: "They've been better than the first five teams they've
played. That's the only thing they've done that I can say for sure. We
still haven't played a third of the season yet."
They've done enough and looked good enough that many are thinking
the Patriots have a chance to go 16-0.
The Patriots own the league's second-ranked defense and offense.
They've scored at least 34 points and won all five contests by 17 or
The Cowboys have the league's top-ranked offense. They won their four
games by an average of 19.75 points before Monday's emotional 25-24
comeback victory against the Bills.
The unlikely victory, in which the Cowboys scored nine points in the
final 20 seconds, took an emotional toll.
Defensive end Chris Canty was crying in the postgame locker room.
"I haven't been a part of anything close to this, and that's what
makes it so special," Canty said.
"I've never even seen anything like this," tight end Jason Witten
said. "Not only we played so bad, it was so emotional. To be able to
come back and fight at the end like that and come away with the win,
it's just a total team effort."
But if there is any thought that the Cowboys might not be ready to
take the field in a short week against the Patriots then think again.
"Every team I've been with has won some games like that," Phillips
said. "I've been lucky to win a lot of close games. I think mentally it
just helps you fight through things."
"We talk about that every week, being emotionally ready for games.
But I don't think we'll have any problem this week."
SERIES HISTORY: 10th meeting. Dallas leads the series, 7-2. The
Patriots won the last meeting, 12-0 at New England in 2003. The Cowboys
won the last meeting in Dallas, 12-6 in 1996. Dallas actually opened the
series with a seven-game winning streak.
A Super Bowl Preview?
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