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Ware insists Cowboys will be better than 8-8

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

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The Dallas Cowboys have had consecutive 8-8 seasons, narrowly missing the playoffs in each of the past two years.

This year, Cowboys defensive end (formerly linebacker) DeMarcus Ware says the Cowboys will be better. That’s what he told Erik Kuselis in an interview that ran on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk.

So does that mean they’ll be 9-7?

“We will not be .500,” Ware said. “We will not be .500 like the last two years we’ve been, I can tell you that.”

That actually could be good enough to win the Super Bowl. In two straight regular-season finales, the Cowboys lost a playoff play-in game for the NFC East crown. In 2011, the winner of the game -- the 9-7 Giants -- won the Super Bowl.

For the Cowboys, the challenge is to simply get back into the tournament. Once they get there, anything can happen.