On the surface, all the Cowboys' 38-23 win Sunday proves is that they are better than the freefalling Eagles.
The Cowboys still hurt themselves with mistakes and penalties and sometimes just dumb football. But they did enough things right to win, and not by just a little.
It wasn't just about surviving the woeful Eagles, it was about surviving an entire week of turmoil.
After the week the Cowboys have gone through, the fact they can finish it by putting together a winning performance says they there's still hope for them at 4-5.
There's certainly hope in the nosediving NFC East where the Cowboys trail only the 6-4 Giants, who stumbled again against the Bengals.
If the Cowboys had stumbled through another loss to the Eagles, doom and gloom of last week would have intensified.
It started even before the Cowboys played the Falcons a week earlier, when news of Sean Payton's potential availability broke. The prospect of getting Payton away from the Saints intens...