'Boys Entering Tough Stretch

As well as the Cowboys have played -- and they have played above expectations through the first seven games -- they can't rest on their laurels.

"I'm looking forward," coach Wade Phillips said. "We can't do anything about the past, anyway, so we've got to do something about the future."

The schedule gets much tougher over the final nine games -- starting with three straight division games.

They Cowboys return from their bye with consecutive road games at Philadelphia Nov. 4 and at the Giants Nov. 11 before they return home for a showdown against the Redskins.

The Cowboys also finish the season with three of their final four games on the road. That means a lot has yet to be decided.

The Cowboys have set themselves up for a special season with their 6-1 start -- their best start since their last Super Bowl season in 1995.

But it could all go for naught if they don't continue to progress.

The Giants are playing as well as any team in the league -- winning five straight after opening with two straight losses.

"Right now, it's just a good record," linebacker Greg Ellis said. "You lose eight games and people are going to be like, 'Man, they had a bad season.' Right now, it's a good record, but we've got a lot of games to play and we need to win them. Right now, we're one of the top teams in the NFL. It's not a secret, but then again we've got to string them together and at the end of them, that's when it really counts."

"At the end of the day, some teams are going to rise up here these next six, seven weeks, and some are going to fall off," quarterback Tony Romo said. "You just have to keep stacking the wins together and go forward as a team and get better each week and, eventually, put yourself in position to be a good football team in December, January and hopefully February. That's all we are trying to do."

FRIDAY NOTES: CB Anthony Henry said his sprained ankle was improving and predicted he will be ready to go when the Cowboys return to action following the bye to face the Eagles Nov. 4.

--WR Terry Glenn is still a few weeks away from getting a clearer understanding of his status following two arthroscopic knee surgeries since Aug. 1. As of now he is trying to regain strength in his right quad and the will begin the jogging phase of his rehab in a couple weeks. The Cowboys will know about his return soon after.

--WR Terrell Owens sat out practice Thursday because a slightly sprained ankle. He would have practiced if the Cowboys weren't on a bye.

--WR Patrick Crayton sat out of practice Thursday to rest a sore hamstring. He should be fine.

--LT Flozell Adams sat out practice Thursday to rest a sore body. He should be ready to go when the Cowboys return from the bye on Monday.

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