Still, the Cowboys are relishing the underdog role this week.
"I mean, if they're 6-1 and we're 4-3 and we've been having an up-and-down season, no one's going to give you a chance," linebacker DeMarcus Ware said.
"But the thing is, I feel like we're back in action. I feel like we're stronger than we were at the beginning of the season, even though we have a lot of injuries and everything. No one's going to give you a chance, but the guys here have to be motivated and ready to play."
Said tight end Jason Witten: "We've done it before. We've done it before. We've done it before. This team is playing good. I give them a lot of credit. They have a lot of swagger. ... You're almost hurting yourself by looking at last year's film.
"It's a different group. To see them just fill in - (Mathias) Kiwanuka plays linebacker and now he goes to end and gets three sacks. They are playing great. We have a system; we have a lot of players and we feel confident in what we're doing; we're going to have to play well."
THURSDAY LEFTOVERS: TE Jason Witten will be a game-time decision with a broken rib. He will wear extra padding. He just says it's a matter of him being able to manage the pain.
"I'm hoping," Witten said. "I hope it feels better by the end of the week and see how it goes. Those other guys have to prepare. Right now, it is what it is -- it's a broken bone there. I hope I can get out there and help. It's a big game obviously and do my part."
* TE Martellus Bennett will start if Jason Witten can't go. The rookie Bennett will need to improve his work ethic, according to Witten.
"If you have a veteran guy ahead of you, sometimes you don't prepare as well as you should," Witten said. "It showed a little bit in last week's game."
* LS L.P. Ladouceur has been a reliable deep snapper. But in light of recent injuries to the deep snapper, the Cowboys have prepared in case he goes down. Tony Curtis, Cory Procter and Joe Berger have all gotten work as long snappers this week.
* WR Roy Williams has two catches for 10 yards and one touchdown in two games with Dallas. Williams has gotten more involved in offense the past two games and expects his role to increase.
"I was the No. 4 receiver (two weeks ago), and then I was the No. 3 receiver last week," Williams said. "So in the nickel situations, I got to play a little more. I'm slowly climbing up the ladder."
* QB Brooks Bollinger is getting snaps with the first team in practice. But he has not been told he will replace Brad Johnson if he struggles. Bollinger said he is just going to do his best to be as prepared as possible.
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