Cowboys look to get off roller coaster

IRVING, Texas -- After an emotional season-opening win against the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys lost on Week 2 at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sunday’s 31-7 win against the St. Louis Rams was not emotional, but the Cowboys are facing the same circumstance this week as they play at the San Diego Chargers.

“We’re trying to fight the roller-coaster effect,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “That’s what the good teams do. They can win at home and go on the road and win those tough ballgames in hostile territory.”

The Cowboys finished 8-8 in 2011 and ’12 because they could not get off the roller coaster. A four-game winning streak in 2011 put the Cowboys in position for a playoff run, but they lost four of their last five games. Last year the Cowboys’ best win streak was three games, but they lost their last two games.

While coach Jason Garrett said he blocks out what is happening to the other teams in the NFC East, he is a believer in momentum.

The last five times the Cowboys have started 2-1 (2004-06, ’09, ’11) they failed to improve to 3-1.

“I believe momentum exists because you can consistently do the right things,” Garrett said. “If you’ve had success, you still have to come back and do the right thing. In our game there’s a lot of levels of ‘Play the next play, play the next series, play the next game, and do things the right way.’ … [Sunday] was a good day for us, it was a good football game. It was a good team win. All three phases, we played well. Now we have to put that to rest and we’re focused on San Diego. We’ve already had our scouting report from our personnel departments, so our attention is forward. You build on the positives and correct the negatives, and you go to work on Wednesday.”