Cowboys Aim For 'Razor-Sharpness' In Playoff Prep For Seahawks

Mike Fisher
January 01, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - "Razor-sharp'' is the description used by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to encapsulate his team's work in its regular-season-closing 36-35 win at the New York Giants on Sunday ... with the obvious hope that the razor-sharpness carries over into an infinitely more meaningful game.

“I think we’ve managed to step in here, and I think, frankly, we were razor sharp,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t, in any way, ask for any more than we got out of this game to be ready for the playoffs.”

And now here they are, the NFL Playoffs, a destination few outside the Dallas locker room thought possible a half-a-season ago, when the Cowboys stumbled to a 3-5 start. They get the Seattle Seahawks in here this Saturday in a 7:15 p.m. kickoff at AT&T Stadium ... and it'll be a rematch with a team that inflicted some pain during that Cowboys' season start.

Back in September, the Seahawks picked off QB Dak Prescott twice and held the Cowboys to one touchdown in a 24-13 win. Of course, the Cowboys will argue that they've changed greatly since then. In terms of personnel? They've added standout receiver Amari Cooper in trade. In terms of health? Starting today here inside The Star, they'll essentially have their full complement of available bodies, including the trio who sat out the Giants game -- offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin and NFL rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott. And emotionally? They're very healthy there, too.

“I don’t believe you could’ve drawn that up any better,'' Jones said of how the win over the Giants unfolded. And now? “It’s going to be good to be able to get them at home,” Jones said. “When we play them up there, we know we have our hands full, as well as playing a great team and great coaching.”

The fourth-seeded Cowboys are on a 7-1 run and are also 7-1 at home. COO Stephen Jones believes the night-time atmosphere will add to Dallas' home-field edge against the Seahawks, the NFC’s No. 5 seed and a three-point underdog this weekend. And now all Dallas needs to do, in theory, is continue to corral "confidence'' and "momentum'' and "razor-sharpness'' ... and they are true believers.

Said Dak of the value of last weekend: “Just the intensity, everybody focusing and how bad we wanted it. This meant a lot to us.”

But now? Razor-sharpness is about to mean so much more.