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FRISCO, TX – Batten down the hatches, folks, because it’s time to find out which team is truly the best in the NFC heading into the second quarter of the 2023 season. On one hand, there’s the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, who also eliminated the Dallas Cowboys from playoffs in the last two postseasons, but this year’s version of the Cowboys has three dominant wins in four games; and they have the best defense in the league.
It’s a meeting of arguably the two best teams in the conference, who are also quite similar to each other on both sides of the ball.
There’s also no shortage of disdain when these two organizations face off, a rivalry that goes back decades and includes the legendary matchups of the early and mid-1990s, largely revitalized in recent seasons.
As the Cowboys attempt to land this year’s first blow against their current Boogeyman, as they did against Tom Brady in January and against Bill Belichick last weekend, everyone in the building is eager to get to work for the trip to Santa Clara.
Mike McCarthy, HC: “It’s an important game. You understand the history. Obviously there’s a lot of tradition in this game, and that’s part of it. You live to play in these types of games. You dream about it. You don’t want to make it bigger than it is, but the The reality is that it is not just another game. The important thing is that we learn [de la Semana 4] and let’s take things that we can improve. watching the tape [de los 49ers] and analyzing it, they are playing well. I am impressed by what I have seen. “We just keep our sights on the target.”
Dak Prescott, QB: “Now it’s about turning the page and studying these in depth. [49ers], understand who they have been and what this confrontation has been like in recent years. I have played against them in the playoffs and we understand that they are a team that if we get to where we want to go, we have to play against them again when the playoffs come. “I’m looking forward to the matchup, turning the page and coming up with a great game plan.”
Tony Pollard, RB: “We’re always ready. It doesn’t matter who we have next week. Whoever they put against us, we’ll be ready. … We definitely have that bad taste in our mouth from the two times we played them. But it’s a new year, we’ll start fresh zero and we’re ready to go. That’s every week for us. Every week that’s how we look at it.”
Dan Quinn, DC: “San Francisco’s formula is to see the effectiveness of its starts, not only in the running game but also in scoring and finishing. Certainly, [Christian McCaffrey] has been at the top of that list. “We’ll have a lot of work ahead of us… but it will be a lot of fun.”
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE: “Are they the ones we’re playing next week? Well, I’ll start with San Francisco on Tuesday. This is just another step on our path that we’ll have to go down. It’s still the regular season. It’s still early, so the important thing is to get that victory”.
Leighton Vander Esch, LB: “It’s definitely one I’ve been keeping an eye on, and so has everyone, but we can’t let our emotions get to us. We have to go out and play football the way we know how and bring that style that we usually play with. It’s got to be another great week of preparation”.
If the Cowboys make good in Week 5, they will deal a blow to both the high-flying 49ers and Dallas detractors who see this looming street fight as the first real litmus test of what the Cowboys could do. be this season.
They will travel to California hungry to take over everything, but they will discover that the village they are invading this week is heavily fortified and very well defended, which could be the game of the year so far.