Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that he won’t be taking any chances to play the Atlanta Falcons on the road in Week 14.
“We have a lot of work to do, a lot more than we did last year, and I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Garrett said during a media availability.
“We’re going to do a lot better in this division.
It’s a lot different than the NFC West and NFC South.”
Garrett said he’ll try to play his first game in the division in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.
He’ll face a Dallas defense that’s ranked in the bottom five in Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings for five straight seasons.
Dallas was expected to start the season 0-5 after losing 17 straight to the Washington Redskins.
Garrett was fired in January after a 2-13 start.
Dallas had a bye in Week 10.
The Cowboys have not played in the same spot since.
The Falcons are in the midst of a rebuilding process after losing their top receiver in Julio Jones for the season after tearing his ACL in Week 4.
They lost a pair of top offensive linemen in Bryan Bulaga and Mike Matthews in free agency.
The Redskins, who also have struggled with injuries, are expected to be without starting quarterback Kirk Cousins for the second straight season.
They also lost wide receiver Pierre Garcon for the year.