The Dallas Cowboys are set to play in a crucial matchup on Thursday night in Week 13 action against the New Orleans Saints that could play a huge factor into how their playoff chances unfold over the final few weeks of the regular season.
Ahead of the contest, team owner Jerry Jones voiced that his team must take a similar approach that the Saints have adopted this season with the mentality that each play is a “Super Bowl Play,” according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.
“Each play, we've got to think it's the Super Bowl play,” Jones said. “If every player on every play in this game says, ‘When we put that tape on Monday, it's going to look like one of my best plays of the year,' it's really going to take that kind of focus to beat a team like this.”
The Saints have excelled with that mentality this season having played like the best team in the league with their explosive offense leading the charge. New Orleans has had their foot on the gas pedal over the last several weeks that has seen them get past seemingly every challenge.
This is a mental mind frame that the Cowboys looked to have picked up recently as they have secured a three-game winning streak that has pushed them atop of the NFC East in a tiebreaker advantage over the Washington Redskins. Their season is now in their hands to move forward down the stretch toward the playoffs. It will begin with a tough test against a red-hot team in the Saints.
Dallas will have to adopt the mentality of making every play and drive count as the Saints have been one of the league's most potent offenses that can put points on the board in a hurry. Only time will tell if the Cowboys are up for this huge challenge on Thursday night.