ARLINGTON – Jason Garrett was really, really sick of the subject being brought up in the days leading up to Sunday night’s visit from the Bears. And even after Sunday, Garrett’s boss revealed —with some sick humor —that he was tired of it, too.
“Well, when you make the kind of commitment we did to this stadium, you’d think you’d get some kind of home-field advantage,’’ said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones … laughing. … kinda.
The Cowboys feel good about themselves after this 31-17 victory over the hapless Bears, in part because of their stunning youth movement. Dak Prescott tossed his first TD pass, fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott hurdled his way to his first 100-yard game, and a bunch of other lesser-known kids, including offensive lineman Chaz Green and defensive lineman Maliek Collins, made big contributions.
At 2-1, they will hopefully feel even better when they get further results on the knee sprain sustained by Dez Bryant and the foot/toe problem of La’el Collins. Both are undergoing MRIs today, and while Collins was replaced ably by vet Ron Leary, there is really no replacement for Dez, who came back from the early injury to catch a late TD pass.
But a big part of the feel-good was the recording of a victory at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys recorded their first home victory in more than a year, breaking an eight-game losing skid that has been the NFL’s longest-active mark. With snark, critics have noted that college teams like Texas A&M and Alabama have won more games in the last year than the Cowboys have, and in fact, if a flag-football team has played here, that would be the case as well. Because last season, the largely Romo/Dez-less Cowboys barely beat anybody, anywhere, on the way to 4-12.
While Garrett is fond of saying his team must win if it’s “playing in a parking lot or playing on the moon,’’ nothing quite that extravagant was needed here. Just a win in the $1.2 billion showpiece that Jerry rightly thinks provides the home team with winning comforts.
“It feels good,” said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who has seen so many of the ups and so many of the downs. “Each week is its own challenge. We’ve got great fans; we’ve got great support. We’ve just got to find ways to win those games. So to get back, win at home, get some home-field advantage has been good to get to 2-1.”