IRVING, Texas -- The halcyon day -- yes, day -- of the current Cowboys era is Jan. 9, 2010, when they easily handled Philadelphia, 34-14, in the wild-card round of the 2009 playoffs.
“It does seem like a long time ago,” tight end Jason Witten said.
Since then, the Cowboys are 17-24 and have beaten the Eagles only once in their last four meetings. And that came with Stephen McGee as their starter in the 2010 season finale.
Whatever spark the Cowboys hoped to get from that playoff win, it never came.
“You’re excited to get a playoff win, but I don’t think anyone here is playing to win a playoff game,” Witten said. “Expectations are high. Standards for us are higher. I thought we did a good thing then, but nobody cares what you did last week in this league. ... It was big at the time, but that’s history now.”
Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field is not a playoff game, but it is likely an elimination game with both teams coming in at 3-5.
“Certainly they probably want their record to be better than it is just like we want our record to be better than it is, just like most teams around the league want their record to be better than it is,” coach Jason Garrett said. “But having said that we watch the tape, we know the team, we know the organization. They’re really well coached. They got lot of good players so we understand what the challenge is this week.”