The Cowboys had a chance to be tied for the NFC East lead if they had won Thursday, with a tiebreak lead (based on division record). The Giants host the Packers on Sunday, and a loss would leave them at 6-5. But Dallas couldn't get to 6-5, instead falling to 5-6 with a 38-31 loss to the surging Redskins.
"All I can do is just sit here and look at the numbers," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "I can’t enthusiastically say that our odds, because I don’t know what New York’s going to do. It looks like our best opportunity would be to end up with the best record in the NFC East. I don’t know what that’s going to be. I don’t know if 8-8 will get it there or not, and I sure don’t know if we’re going to be 8-8. I’m not trying to be negative, but we’ve got to play these guys again. With how impressed I am with how they played, we’ve got our hands full up there for the last ball game."
The Cowboys haven't made the playoffs since 2009. They were 6-10 in 2010 and 8-8 last season. Jason Garrett, who took over in the middle of the '09 season, is 18-17 as a head coach.
Jones was asked what he has seen for him to feel good about the progress the team is making under Garrett.
"That would be real difficult right now, because you would have to point to things like comebacks and that’s hollow when you are not wining the game," Jones said. "Or last week we win one, and we have to come back to win it, but we don’t win it playing well. So that’s hollow right now. What we have to do is we play in 10 days, and we hope we have a better chance to beat Philadelphia than we did against the Redskins, and we will probably be facing [Michael] Vick."
-- Charean Williams