Cowboys refreshed off bye week

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett saw a chipper team on the practice field on Monday even after they fell out of first place in the NFC East during their bye week.

“It’s good that players get away from this thing a little bit,” Garrett said. “We’ve been going at it for a long time. Ten weeks, five weeks before that, start of training camp before that. It’s a long time. It’s a long stretch. So coming in, getting our work done last week and then giving those guys four days off, it’s good. And then like all of us, you start to get a little itch (Sunday) afternoon, like I’m ready to get back and going again. And that’s a good thing, too.”

At 5-5, the Cowboys trail the Philadelphia Eagles by a half-game in the division but he did not deliver a state of the union with six games to go.

“Sometimes as a coach you have to provide perspective – where we are, where we’ve been, where we’re going, all that stuff,” Garrett said. “You’ve got to be careful spending too much time on that. you really have to focus on today. So every so often we’ll share that with them, just so we have a little bit of a feel of where we are and where we hope to go. But I think more than anything else, it’s the plan to get there and typically that involves being particularly good on that particular day. That’s a lot of particulars.”

One particular not mentioned: Sunday’s foe, the New York Giants, winners of four straight after a 0-6 start.