The Dallas Cowboys grabbed their signature win of the season on Thursday night by topping the New Orleans Saints 13-10. The win has pushed them more securely atop the NFC East.
This has brought forth an entirely different level of expectation surrounding the Cowboys that may go much further than just a playoff berth. Team owner Jerry Jones fueled that notion by stating that he doesn't believe his team will be the same moving forward this season, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
“This bunch, this team won’t be the same again,” Jones said. “I’m serious. You win something like this against a team that well-coached, those kind of players, a caliber of team like that, and you know you’ve done it; the mirror knows you’ve done it. You change. This is a changer in here. These guys, they’re different cats now as they go forward.”
The Cowboys have pushed past arguably the most talented offensive team in the league by holding them to a season-low 10 points. Their defense was stout in all aspects of the game, giving up just 176 total offensive yards with only 14 first downs along with the Saints going 3-for-11 on third down while failing to convert both red zone trips.
It was a dominating performance that took star quarterback Drew Brees off the MVP track as he tallied just 127 yards on 18-of-28 completed passes with a touchdown and an interception. Brees was unable to find any type of consistent success aside from stringing together a pair of scoring drives that came in the third quarter.
Ultimately, the Cowboys have elevated themselves into the conversation of possibly being a major force in the NFC. These next four weeks of the regular season will provide a clearer picture if they are indeed that type of team.