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Cowboys need to finish strong

Bill Parcells' teams usually finish strong, except for his time here in Big D.

In 15 seasons with the Giants, Patriots and Jets, Parcells' teams were an outstanding 51-24 over the final five games of each seasons. He had a winning record 13 times, including three 5-0 finishes.

In Dallas, however, the Cowboys have gone 2-3 all three years. That's more losing records than he had at all his other stops combined.

I'd love one of those 5-0 finshes. Getting a bye and home-field advantage for a game would set us up nicely. It all starts Sunday against the Giants, a game we really need to win.

But if the Cowboys win, spirits would be soaring, as would their chances of winning the division. They'd also be eyeing New Orleans and Seattle for a first-round bye and perhaps even Chicago for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The last time Dallas enjoyed either of those rewards? 1995, the year of the Cowboys' last Super Bowl title. And, as most fans are painfully aware, the club hasn't won a playoff game since 1996.

Meanwhile the Bears are already thinking about the Cowboys. So far this year, the Bears have struggled against 3-4 defenses (sounds like Peyton and the Colts).

The 3-4 defense has held the Bears to three touchdowns in three games this season. That constitutes more trend than glitch.

The only three 3-4 defenses they have faced - the Dolphins, Jets and Patriots - have held them to their three lowest scores in their 9-2 season.

So now they have the Cowboys on their mind.

The one team in the NFC that uses it as its primary defense is the Cowboys, which is one reason the Bears are assigning a scout to check out the Cowboys at their game Sunday against the Giants in New Jersey.

It's six weeks until the Bears are likely to be in a playoff game, but it's never too early to start preparing, and the Cowboys look like just about the only NFC team besides the Bears interested in playing in January.

Mosley reports some minor roster maintenance.

The Cowboys have released guard Matt Tarullo and defensive tackle Remi Ayodele from the practice squad, and signed tight end Tony "Some Like it Hot" Curtis.

That leaves the club with an open spot on the practice squad if anyone's interested.

Reportedly, the Cowboys are interested in putting Dallas Desperados kicker Carlos Martinez into that practice squad opening.

You can read more about the cutting of Vanderjagt here.

Romo gives the definitive on him and Jessica Simpson.

"So I don't have to answer any more questions about this, I'm not dating Jessica Simpson, nor have I gone on a date with her," Romo said while laughing. "I appreciate everyone's interest in my social life, but I think I may try to play it close to the vest from here on out."

Too bad, it was fun to write about.

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