Cowboys look for early season momentum

IRVING, Texas -- Last year the Dallas Cowboys opened up the season with an emotional 24-17 win against the New York Giants and followed that up with a 20-point loss at Seattle the next week.

On Sunday, the Cowboys opened up the 2013 season with an emotional 36-31 win against the Giants, and get a chance to see if they can sustain the success next week at Kansas City.

“The way we played (Sunday), it was an identity game,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “We’ve got to keep that up.”

Identities in the NFL often last only one week. The good teams put together streaks of wins. The Cowboys did not win multiple games in a row last year until November and then they put together a three-game win streak in December.

“It’s about stacking them up,” tight end Jason Witten said. “That’s what this league is about, getting consecutive wins and that’s something we’re working on.”

The Cowboys will see an old foe on the sideline at Arrowhead Stadium in coach Andy Reid. From 1999-2012, Reid had a 17-12 record with Philadelphia against the Cowboys, including playoffs, but the Cowboys won six of the final nine meetings.

The Chiefs won Reid’s debut against Jacksonville 28-2 on Sunday.

“Andy has played against us a lot of years,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We do have a new defensive system, which is something he’s not seen before, but he’s seen us play offense for a long time and he’s an outstanding football coach. It does not surprise me one but that he’s gone in there and had the success he had (Sunday). It’ll be a great challenge for us. He’s a great football coach and has been for a long time.”