Dez Bryant: 'We shouldn't have to rely on the defense'

Dez Bryant: 'We shouldn't have to rely on the defense'

Published Dec. 13, 2013 8:35 p.m. ET

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys defense has allowed an average of 34.7 points and 444 yards over their last four games. They also rank last in the NFL, allowing 426.8 yards per game.

After the Chicago Bears were never forced to punt, scoring on their first eight possessions on Monday night, some wonder if the Cowboys offense has to score on every possession to keep up with their opponents during these final three weeks.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked Friday if he believes the offense can carry the team.

"In my honest opinion, I really believe that we can," Bryant said. "We shouldn't have to rely on the defense. No disrespect to our defense, they should focus on what they focus on and the O should focus on what we focus on.

"If a team puts up this amount of points we should be able to do the same. Everybody has their different mindsets and that's where my mindset is."

If the Cowboys win the next three weeks against Green Bay, Washington and Philadelphia, they will claim their first NFC East crown since 2009. They could still reach that goal if they lose a game, but then they'd need help from other teams.

Bryant says despite Monday night's embarrassing 45-28 loss in Chicago, the Cowboys still believe they can win out.

"We believe we can," Bryant said. "We control our own destiny and we just have to stay focused and keep everybody together and see where we go from there."