- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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"We can go nine in a row, if you ask me," Williams said Thursday. "People can call me stupid or whatever, but this football team has the core of players, it has the supporting cast of players to win nine in row. We just got to get it started just for other players to be like, 'All right, we got it now.'"
The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals are the only team in NFL history to recover from a 1-6 start to make the playoffs. Williams believes the Cowboys can become the second, although he acknowledges that the Cowboys probably need to win the rest of their games to earn a playoff berth.
And Williams' dreams don't stop at just making the playoffs. He's still talking about the Cowboys playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
"It would be a great storybook ending," Williams said. "It would be awesome. I don't know if they'd put us in the Hall of Fame for that if this [team] was going to go on and win the Super Bowl, but it's a tough feat to cross. But if there is any team in the league that can do it, it's the Dallas Cowboys."
Williams expressed similar optimism in the middle of losing seasons during his tenure with the Detroit Lions. He admits now, however, that he didn't really believe it at the time.
But Williams insists that his confidence in the Cowboys hasn't waned despite a schedule that includes six remaining games against teams with winning records, beginning with Sunday's road game against the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers.
"I've just been a believer, man," Williams said. "I've just been a believer in this football team. I don't know if everybody's believing, but I think once we win one, two, three in a row, then it's on. This is the team that we're supposed to be."
Tight end Jason Witten, a team captain, believes it's in the Cowboys' best interests to keep a short-term view in mind.
"That's the ultimate goal," Witten said when told Williams believes the Cowboys can go undefeated the rest of the season. "But, for us, we've been so caught up in just trying to get a win. It's gotten away from us to where you get back to, 'Let's win this one. Then we'll get to the next one.' If you're thinking anything bigger than that, it's kind of hard to focus."
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