Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a playful swipe at the Washington Football Team, whether it was inadvertent or not.
Dallas faces their rivals on Sunday afternoon in a surprisingly critical NFC East affair. The Cowboys still hold a two-game lead in the division, and a win on Sunday would all but ensure them the NFC East crown.
In their way, however, is a red-hot Washington Football Team. Led by Taylor Heinicke, WFT has won four games in a row, good for one of the best streaks in the NFL this season. Heinicke and the Football Team’s offense has matched an already-stout defense.
Still, the Cowboys are division favorites until proven otherwise, and Jones took a shot at WFT in a clever way on Friday afternoon.
“We have always sold more Cowboys memorabilia and had our most positive fan support coming from Washington. Outside of the Texas area, Washington is where we have the most support,” Jones said, playfully, when discussing the number of Cowboys fans on Washington turf.
Should Cowboys be so confident against Washington?
Dallas looked more like themselves last week in a 27-17 win over the New Orleans Saints, but they’ve still lost two out of their last three games. The only win — the previously-mentioned victory over New Orleans — came at the expense of an injury-riddled team without many of its playmakers on both sides of the ball.
This isn’t the same Cowboys team which started their regular season slate 6-1. If anything, Dallas is trying to get back on track, and that includes a running game with two of the most recognizable backs in the game.
If the Cowboys are going to defeat Washington, as both coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Dak Prescott have proclaimed — the need to do so with the running game intact. Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t looked like himself in weeks, despite claims that his injured knee is improving.
Sunday offers a unique opportunity for the Cowboys. With two games left against Washington, a loss puts a lot of pressure on Dallas and Jones to back up their talk.