IRVING, Texas - While Dallas owner Jerry Jones is playing the fear factor as the Cowboys get to host the Eagles on Saturday, his coach and players are focused just on playing the game.
Earlier this week, Jones said on a radio show that he was "scared" of the Eagles, who routed his team, 34-7, nearly 2 months ago at Lincoln Financial Field.
"It's probably not my position to explain that," coach Jason Garrett said yesterday, when asked about Jones' remark. "I know that we as coaches and players are focused on getting ready to play our best on Saturday . . . We have great respect for their team. I think everybody is excited about the challenge."
Cowboys players also don't seem to be worried about or trying to analyze what Jones said.
"We obviously took a tough loss to the Eagles last time, so we know this team is dangerous," quarterback Tony Romo said. "We have to play a great game out here to get a win. I know we've approached it that way. We're excited about going and playing those guys."
The Eagles (6-8) still have a chance to win the NFC East and get to the playoffs, if they win both of their last two games and get some help.
The Cowboys (8-6) can clinch their 18th division title since 1970 by winning their last two games.
Before winning Saturday at Tampa Bay, Dallas lost two in a row when they field goals at the end of regulation.
"You can't really concentrate on that . . . We still have a ton of opportunity ahead of us that we need to take advantage of," linebacker Sean Lee said. "So as much as those losses were tough, I think we've done a good job of moving on, and have focused on what we need to do.
"When you have a team like the Eagles coming in, you better be focused," he said. "Or it could be another night like it was last time."