Cowboys getting back to work with plenty of motivation

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FRISCO, Texas -- As Jerry Jones stood outside the locker room after his Dallas Cowboys were crushed by the Denver Broncos on Sunday, he wished they could play another game almost immediately.

"I'm glad we're not going into a bye, to give you an idea," Jones said. "I wouldn't want to stew in this for that long, a couple of weeks. The quicker we get back out there, the better off we are."

By playing on ESPN's Monday Night Football, the Cowboys will have to wait an extra day before they take on the Arizona Cardinals to erase the taste of the 42-17 loss in Denver.

"We definitely won't be discouraged," running back Ezekiel Elliott said after the game. "Last year at this time we were 1-1. It's a 16-game season and it's only Game 2. We can get so much better. If you're peaking right now, you're going to have a problem. You really don't want to be peaking right now. You want to be peaking at the end of the season. We just can't come out and play like this."

The players were off on Tuesday and have meetings and a walk-through Wednesday before getting into their normal routine on Thursday with their padded practice.

The extra day allows some of the Cowboys to heal. Quarterback Dak Prescott came out of the game with an ankle injury that will not keep him out of practice, but he is able to get more rehab time. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie was unable to finish the Denver game because of a hamstring strain.

The Cowboys haven't suffered a blowout like Sunday's since a 32-point loss at New Orleans in 2013. Their three losses last season were by a total of 18 points, and the 14-point defeat at Philadelphia came with the bulk of the starters playing sparingly since the Cowboys' playoff seeding had been set.

"We're extremely motivated," receiver Dez Bryant said. "No guy around here is holding their head down because we know who we are. We're a damn good football team. We practice [as] hard if not harder than any other team in this league. We're going to bounce back and keep working."