Jason Garrett: Cowboys need mental toughness, not humility

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After the 23-0 loss at the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, several Dallas Cowboys players said the team might have needed that kind of game.nfl nike

Quarterback Dak Prescott thought maybe the Cowboys were “too hot to trot” after a five-game winning streak. Running back Ezekiel Elliott said, “We needed to get put in check.” Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence concurred.
How the Cowboys learn from it ultimately will determine their season. At 8-6, the Cowboys can clinch the NFC East and a playoff spot with a victory at home on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.8

Pretty simple. It’s much simpler than what they faced after their Nov. 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

At that point, the Cowboys were 3-5 and Garrett’s future as coach was in question — as was Prescott’s as the franchise quarterback. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he would not make an in-season head-coaching change.

The Cowboys won the next week at the Philadelphia Eagles, kicking off a five-game winning streak that has them on the precipice of making the postseason for the second time in three seasons. They beat the Falcons in Atlanta, where their 2017 season was derailed. They won five days later on Thanksgiving against the Washington Redskins, avenging an October loss. They followed that up with their most impressive win, upsetting the New Orleans Saints. On Dec. 9, they beat the Eagles in the rematch.

In some ways, the loss to the Colts was similar to the loss to the Titans.

On the first drive against the Titans, the Cowboys moved the ball down the field with relative ease but missed a field goal attempt. On the first drive against the Colts, Brett Maher’s 48-yard try on the first drive was blocked.