Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NFL: Wade thinks Cowboys still in it

By The Associated Press
Posted: December 15, 2009 - 2:00 AM
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have gone from the NFC East lead to chasing Philadelphia.

Their kicker has misses in five consecutive games, Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware is recovering from a strained neck sustained in a scary headfirst collision, and a trip to undefeated New Orleans comes next.

Yet despite consecutive losses to start December that have knocked the Cowboys (8-5) out of first place and intensified concerns about another late-season slump, coach Wade Phillips insists he is still confident his team will do what it needs to do to make the playoffs.

"I think we can, I think we will. I don't wonder about that," Phillips said Monday. "I have a lot of confidence in these guys. This is part of a long season. Coming down the stretch, we need to finish."

The Cowboys are a game behind Philadelphia (9-4), which beat the Giants (7-6) on Sunday night to prevent a three-way tie for the division lead. The Cowboys have a one-game lead over New York for the final NFC wild-card spot.