The Dallas Cowboys take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, London this weekend knowing that nothing short of a win against the 1-8 Jags will appease those claiming that the wheels have fallen off what had looked to be a very promising season for 'America's Team.'
But even if the Cowboys do come away from their UK road trip with a replenished 7-3 record there is one man that won't be jumping back on the Dallas bandwagon it seems - NFL great Jerry Rice.
Asked about what he thought of Dallas' season so far - a season which has seen running back DeMarco Murray break records and Jason Garrett lead the franchise to an impressive win on the road in Seattle - Rice wasn't holding back.
"I feel like the Cowboys are fake pretenders."
Rice isn't fooled
Speaking to Pro Football Now Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice outlined his concerns about the Dallas Cowboys in comparison to some of this season's form teams in the NFL:
"I feel like the Cowboys are fake pretenders...They show potential at times, but they show that, hey, look, you know, we're not really that team."
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And he doesn't think much of their chances of topping the NFC East either.
"I think with Philadelphia, right now, they're the front runners right now. They you've got the Dallas Cowboys, I'm a little hesitant when it comes to them."
Rice, who enjoyed such a stellar career with the San Francisco 49ers who themselves are hardly pulling up trees this season, was aware his comments could lead to some hostility from Cowboys fans but he isn't worried.
"I'm sure I'm going to take a lot of heat. But I don't like those Cowboys anyhow."
Can the Cowboys answer the critics?
Cowboys fans, players, and owner will be looking to prove Rice wrong this weekend but they may have to do so without Tony Romo. The veteran quarterback's starting position is yet to be confirmed as he bids to recover fully from a back injury picked up in the franchise's defeat to the Washington Redskins in Week Eight.
Not done with his criticism of the Cowboys, Rice also weighed in on the Romo situation - pointing criticism in the direction of Jerry Jones.
"I questioned when he came back after he was hurt. I noticed Jerry Jones went down to the sidelines, he looked at Jason Garrett and he said, 'Look, he’s ready. Put him back in.' And I don’t think he should’ve been back in that ball game."
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett this week played down the importance of Romo starting, claiming that back up Brandon Weeden was capable of executing a win at Wembley, but when you compare the two quarterbacks it is hard to agree.
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