The Dallas Cowboys are playing winning football. On offense and defense, Dallas is one of the best teams in the NFL with a 9-3 record.

Last season, the Cowboys won 11 regular season games and earned the No. 3 seed in the conference. Dallas clinched the NFC East title pretty handily and hosted a playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

This season, the Cowboys have the opportunity to win double-digit games again. It would be the first time that Dallas has had consecutive seasons with double-digit victories since 1996. The Cowboys, of course, won the Super Bowl that year.

With five more games remaining, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Dallas will reach the 10-win mark in 2022. That could happen as soon as this week, as the struggling Houston Texans come to town on Sunday afternoon.

Cowboys focused on bigger things

Dallas is a 17-point favorite over the Texans. That’s the biggest spread in the NFL this season. Mike McCarthy doesn’t want his squad to overlook the other team from the Lone Star State.

“We talked like a lot of trash about the media today at the team meeting,” McCarthy said this week. “Don’t listen to them. Don’t take the cheese.”

McCarthy is not alone. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott realizes that the team has bigger goals. Making a run in the playoffs is what Elliott and the Cowboys have their attention on.

The Cowboys won double-digit games a season ago but failed to win in the postseason. That has to be something that the locker room is thinking about with the playoffs just around the corner.

Taking it game-by-game is important. Accomplishing a feat that hasn’t been done in over 20 years is nothing to sneeze at. But, there are bigger and better goals for the Dallas Cowboys this season.

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