Earlier in the week we saw Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett call on the fans to help support and cheer on their team in the NFC East title showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys crowd has notoriously not been a real advantage in the new stadium and routinely
Cowboys AT&T Stadium has been divided with large sections of away fans.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] that he expects the largest crowd of the year. Surely that would include many Philadelphia Eagles fans, but Jones also feels the home crowd can be an edge for the Cowboys.
“It’s so critical,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “The away game aspect when we have to go to the East – New York or Washington or certainly Philadelphia – that’s such a hurdle to overcome. We’re going to have great weather or great conditions to play in because we’re going to be in our AT&T Stadium. But more importantly, we’ll have our crowd there.
“This could be the biggest crowd of the year for us. We think it will be. We’ve got them hanging from the rafters to get in to see this ballgame. It should be without a doubt the most emotional and the most involved crowd that we’ve had, which means a lot of noise, which means a lot of third-down, fourth-down interference with their offense, which is cricket today in the NFL. It’s part of the sport of the game now to have the home-field advantage or disadvantage if you’re the opposing team.
“All of that makes it a reason why they give the home team an advantage when they bet these games. Having said all of that, it is something that we really need to hang our hat on.”