The elephant in 2015 was the Dallas Cowboys.
But the elephant this year is the Minnesota Vikings, and they’ve been the butt of some pretty nasty jokes.
Here’s how the Cowboys, who have been to the playoffs four straight years, should respond to the Minnesota media circus that’s been going on since they clinched the NFC South title with a 38-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.1.
I know I’ve been critical of the Vikings, but they can do better.
The Cowboys had to win the NFC East last year because the Philadelphia Eagles won the division, but now they have to beat the Vikings.
They’ll have to.
They’re a bad team, but not terrible.
They’ve been good for a while, and when the season is over, I’ll be happy with the way they’ve played.2.
You’re not the worst team.
I don’t care if you’re the Cowboys or Vikings.
You’ve got to win every game and you’re going to have to be better than the Panthers.
They were very good.
The only team that beat them last year, when they were the fourth-worst team in the league, was the Falcons.3.
This is a rematch of the last two years, but it’ll be different this year.
The Vikings are coming off a 24-13 loss to the Cowboys last season, and Minnesota’s offense struggled in that game, scoring just 35 points on 17-of-25 passing.
They can’t have that kind of performance again.
The Dallas offense is just as explosive, but their defense has to improve.
They need to stop giving up big plays.4.
I love the new stadium.
The new stadium, which will open in September, is bigger than ever, but I also love the way it feels.
I think the Vikings are doing a great job building the new home and the fans are going to love it.
I can’t wait to get back there.5.
The team should win.
Minnesota’s schedule has been tough, but this will be a good test for the new players.
They haven’t been able to put a full-time starter on the field in years, and if they can stay healthy, this will just be another step toward that goal.6.
This will be fun.
This team is fun to watch.
I like the players.
The offense is fun.
The defense is fun, too.
This won’t be fun for anybody.