IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys have hit almost every corner of the country since breaking training camp Aug. 25: Minnesota, Miami, New York and most recently San Francisco.
They haven't played a game at Cowboys Stadium since Aug. 21. Now, though, they're back home for nearly a month: two straight home games, starting with the Redskins on Monday night, followed by a Week 5 bye.
The team won't travel again until New England in mid-October. And with an extra day of preparation ahead, the team felt more rested when they arrived at Valley Ranch after Sunday's win over the 49ers. Following the season opener at the Jets, they didn't get home until 5 a.m.
"This was a lot nicer," linebacker Sean Lee said. "We were home about 12:30 and got to get some sleep. The turnover's pretty quick when you play a night game up in New York like that, then you're here mid-day.
"This will be a good week for a lot of us to get our bodies ready and get ready for a tough Monday night game."
Rather than practicing Wednesday through Friday, head coach Jason Garrett gave his team two days off, partly so several banged-players can rest. The team will practice Thursday through Saturday instead.