MINNEAPOLIS — Things can change quickly in seven days.
Last week, Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, kept using the word “frustrated” after losing to the Green Bay Packers in overtime. On Sunday, after a 40-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Jones said he believes the Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders.
“A resounding yes. Yes. Definitely,” Jones said. “I think we had adversity. We could very easily have more adversity… Yeah, I think if we use the experience of what we’ve got in the season, we’ll be ready for the playoffs. But I sure think what I’m looking at right now is the team you could win a Super Bowl with.
At 7-3, the Cowboys are two games behind the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and Dallas throttled the only other team in the conference with more wins — the 8-2 Vikings — with their biggest away win in team history. The New York Giants are also 7-3, but the Cowboys beat them earlier in the season and they will host New York on Thanksgiving for the first holiday game against their division rivals.
“I also thought this game would tell us who we are,” Jones said. “I don’t know that’s us. I really do not know it. But I know we’re not a team that doesn’t react when it’s wounded. Everyone thought against the Packers that we underplayed, and I think you saw what happened when we came out here tonight and the team came together. We build on that.”
The last time the Cowboys recorded such a stunning road victory was in 1995 when they defeated the Giants 35-0 in the season opener. These cowboys would win the Super Bowl. In 1971, the Cowboys beat the Eagles 42-7 in Philadelphia and later won the Super Bowl.
“This week was a statement week,” said linebacker Micah Parsons, who had two of the Cowboys’ seven sacks on Sunday. “It says what we’re capable of if we focus on it.”
The Cowboys will get help with the return of Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith in December. He is about to return to training after tearing a hamstring in training camp which required surgery.
Jones also confirmed that free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will visit the Cowboys after the Giants’ game, though Jones didn’t set a specific date. The Cowboys have been flirting with Beckham for the past few weeks, who is recovering from a Super Bowl cruciate ligament rupture with the Los Angeles Rams.
Jones would not elaborate on what he would like to see from Beckham besides his health.
“Sure, it’s time for us to sit down and visit,” Jones said.
Sunday’s win over the Vikings couldn’t have been a better recruiting video for the Cowboys.
Dak Prescott completed 88% of his passes (22 out of 25), which was the third best in team history. Tony Pollard became the first cowboy to run for 100 receiving yards and 50 rushing yards in the same game since Emmitt Smith in 1993. Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott became the first pair of Cowboys to retrace two touchdowns in the same game since 1980 (Tony Dorsett, Robert Neuhaus).
The Dallas defense had seven sacks, the most in a game since 2008, and ended the Vikings’ 92-game streak with a touchdown that was the longest in the league.
“We’ve had a good week. I think it always pays off as a football team when your process matches your performance,” said Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. “We wanted to come in here and play a full game. We have this. We had all the respect for those guys. They were extremely productive on film and we knew we had to play at a high level today – and we did.”
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