Jerry Jones says Cowboys are ‘unequivocally’ Super Bowl contenders following blowout win over Vikings

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It’s been 9,765 days since Jerry Jones lifted the Cowboys’ fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy after Dallas defeated Pittsburgh at San Devil Stadium in Arizona. The 27-17 win was the third title the Cowboys have won under Jones, who purchased the franchise less than seven years ago.

It’s been over a quarter of a century since the Cowboys fielded their last Super Bowl team. But after Sunday’s crushing victory against the Minnesota, who had previously suffered one defeat, Jones believes that this team is good enough to end the championship drought.

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“A resolute yes. Yes. Definitely,” Jones said of the Cowboys, who are in contention for the Super Bowl. via ESPN. “I think we had difficulties. We could easily run into new troubles … Yes, I think that if we use the experience of what we have this season, then we will be ready for the playoffs. But I really think what I’m seeing here right now is a team that you could win the Super Bowl with.”

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Like all teams, the Cowboys have had their share of difficulties this season. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Lewis, Tyrone Smith, James Washington, Matt Farniock and Devin Harper were among the Cowboys’ players who suffered various injuries this season. Several other players, including Defensive Player of the Year nominee Micah Parsons, are currently recovering from injuries ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Giants.

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Despite these injuries, the Cowboys compiled a 7–3 record in 10 games. Dallas will be the fifth seed and face the Tom Brady Pirates in Tampa in the wild card round if the playoffs start today. The Cowboys are two games behind the Eagles with one loss for first place in the NFC East Division. Philadelphia is one game ahead of Minnesota (and holding the tie-break) in the race for the only conference playoff appearance.

Often criticized for building the strongest teams, the current version of Jones has proven to have considerable depth while also being largely able to overcome injuries. Dallas went 4-1 when Cooper Rush replaced Prescott at the start of the season. Tony Pollard has solidified his status as a top-level running back. Starter Dorans Armstrong Jr. is second on a team that already has 42 sacks this season.

The Cowboys seem strong enough to be a legitimate contender when the playoffs kick off in mid-January. But first, the Cowboys need to complete the regular season, which still includes future games against the Giants (Thursday), Philadelphia, Tennessee, and Washington. Perhaps that’s why Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who won the Super Bowl as the Packers’ coach a decade ago, is putting the Super Bowl on pause at this point in the season.

“Talking about anything but giants is a waste of time,” McCarthy said earlier this week. via Patrick Walker of Cowboys.com. “It’s about defeating the giants.”

Ironically, the biggest problem for the Cowboys on their way to the Super Bowl (which will be played again in Arizona) may be the 49ers, who improved to 6-4 after the Cardinals’ Monday night rout. The two teams faced each other in the NFC Championship Game for three consecutive years from 1992 to 1994. The winner of this game has won the Super Bowl every time.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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