IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys had not been able to build much of a home-field advantage at AT&T Stadium since its opening in 2009.
They were just 17-15 from 2009-12.
This year it has been a different story in Arlington, and that’s something executive vice president Stephen Jones is hanging his hat on with the Green Bay Packers visiting on Sunday.
“It’s good we’re coming home,” Jones said. “I think we’ve played well this year at home. I think we’ve lost one game and I think we had a helluva shot at that one. I think we’ll respond well. We’ll hopefully get our feet back under us and go from there.”
The lone loss was a 51-48 defeat to the then-undefeated Denver Broncos. The Cowboys are 5-1 at home and are averaging 34 points per game in those six games. Tony Romo has 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions at home. He is completing 68.9 percent of his passes at home.
Defensively they are better too. They are about a field goal better in terms of points allowed (25.3 at home, 28 on the road). Fifteen of their 25 takeaways have come at home. Fourteen of their 27 sacks have come at home.
Two of the three bounce-back games after atrocious defensive outings have come at home. After the Broncos' loss, they held the Washington Redskins to 16 points, however, the Redskins did rush for 216 yards. After allowing what was then a franchise record 623 yards to the Detroit Lions, they held the Minnesota Vikings to 393 yards in a 27-23 win. But Minnesota still ran for 169 yards.
The Packers will be making their first regular-season trip to AT&T Stadium, but they will have a positive vibe when they take the field. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers there in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011.
“That was obviously a great time and a great memory for all of us in Green Bay,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I can’t say enough about the stadium and the city of Dallas, it’s a great place and it’ll always be something that we hold special, but the reality of it is we’re coming down there to play the Dallas Cowboys in a very big football game and that’s what we’re looking at.”