Matt Mosley: More may look like less in 2004 11:28 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 In last season's post-season discussion with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, he said his team could actually improve in 2004 - and have fewer wins to show for it. Parcells' words rang hollow to fans whose expectations for the team had skyrocketed. But as training camp approaches, Parcells' statement seems to be on the money. The Cowboys' off-season moves helped solidify the defensive line and receiving corps. And in trading a third-round pick for quarterback Drew Henson, the Cowboys may be positioning themselves for a run at the Super Bowl. It's just not going to happen this season. The Redskins and Eagles, in desperate attempts to win now, probably will stunt the Cowboys' growth this season. Last season, Dallas was all but guaranteed two wins against Steve Spurrier's playground team. And the Giants packed it in soon after losing the miracle in the Meadowlands game to the Cowboys in September. Those wins, coupled with an early victory against the Eagles, accounted for the Cowboys' playoff run. Good teams, such as New England, and even mediocre teams, such as Miami and Tampa Bay, dominated the Cowboys. The Cowboys will struggle to win eight games this season because the Redskins are once again a factor. With a coach who has the same pedigree as Bill Parcells and one of the best running backs in the game, the Redskins could become a force in the NFC East. Last year, the Cowboys encountered a Rock Cartwright-driven running game. With Joe Gibbs coaching, Clinton Portis running and Mark Brunell throwing, the Redskins already have surpassed the Cowboys as the second-best team in the NFC East. The Redskins' defense, which was ranked 25th in the league last season because it rarely left the field, could improve despite the loss of cornerback Champ Bailey. Former Giants defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, 27, should help the team's anemic pass rush and another former Giants player, linebacker Mike Barrow, should make a big impact. And though the Redskins made the biggest splash, the division's top team also had a productive off-season. During their three straight trips to the NFC title game, the Eagles have not had a legitimate lead receiver. Since Andy Reid took over in Philadelphia five years ago, the team's No. 1 receivers have averaged just more than five touchdowns per season. Terrell Owens has averaged 10 touchdowns a season during his eight-year career. He's still one of the leagues most explosive receivers. The Eagles took the best guard in the draft in Arkansas' Shawn Andrews (6-4, 373) and also added one of the best pass rushers in the game. Despite fighting injuries, Jevon Kearse still had 9 1/2 sacks last season, which happens to be 1 1/2 more than Greg Ellis' career-best total in 2003. The Eagles lost Duce Staley in free agency, but Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter should be able to carry the load. The Cowboys will try to break in a rookie running back, a rookie right tackle and a cornerback who has started one NFL game. The Cowboys have become a better team in the off-season, but that probably still makes them the third-best team in the division. By the time Henson is ready to start in a couple of years, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will be paying for his expensive off-season. And the Cowboys could be challenging for a Super Bowl in 2006. Not exactly what Cowboys fans want to hear.