Cowboys with a chance to pick up ground

The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to maintain a one-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East on Sunday night. The Cowboys, of course, have to beat the Saints, but the Eagles have to lose.

The top of the standings get even if the Cowboys lose to the Saints and the Eagles beat the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.

"I think it’s a different ballgame," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said on KRLD-FM Friday. "I thought that the Packers did a good job the other night and they should be able to do a better job, because I know it caught them really, really surprised, surprisingly when Rodgers went down. You just get used to having him out there and when you don’t have them, you can talk all you want to, but then when you’re going out there and playing a game without him, it’s something else. It has really changed the dynamic for him not to be in the game against these teams. Of course, we follow Green Bay so much this year, because they’re not only on our schedule but they’re impacting us because they’re on all the other East teams, as you know."

The Cowboys have lost their past two games to the Saints, but beat the Saints in the Superdome in 2009.