IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have lost their last two games and four of their last five. At 3-5, the they are near the bottom of not only the NFC East, but they are currently out of the NFC playoff picture.
Sunday afternoon the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles, another team that's in a desperate situation at 3-5.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, meanwhile, insists his team isn't desperate, but rather has a sense of urgency.
Garrett is consistent in talking about urgency with his team because he believes saying you're desperate means you are running out of hope. The Cowboys don't want to go into the Eagles game with no hope.
A loss would push this team to 3-6 and with seven games remaining. Winning six, or possibly seven, might not be enough to get into the postseason.
"We got fight in us," cornerback Morris Claiborne said.
Defensive end Jason Hatcher said the Cowboys are better than their 5-3 record.
"At the end of the day it is what it is," Hatcher said. "You can’t change. What you can do is you can look yourself in the mirror and check yourself, check your character to see what kind of man you is. Yeah, you’re dug in a hole. Now what are you going to do about it? Are you going to get out of it or are you going to tuck your tail and run like a punk? That’s what you’ve got to do. Right now I’m checking myself. I’m not giving up."
The Eagles are in a similar mode having lost four consecutive games. It was still baseball season the last time the Eagles won a game.
Quarterback Michael Vick would say his team is in a must-win situation, and he agreed this is a desperate time for both teams.
"Yeah, it is, both teams are 3-5, we both got to find a way to win," Vick said on a conference call with reporters. "We got to find ways to get that edge and good sound football for four quarters."