Wild-card hopes appear to be over

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn't want to speak about the playoffs after his team's 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

Quarterback Tony Romo didn't want to talk about that, either.

But owner Jerry Jones said hopes for a wild-card spot appear to be over, and the best way this 5-6 team can reach the postseason is by winning the NFC East.

"We've got to play (Washington) again,” Jones said. “Our chance is to have better numbers in the NFC East just from what I’m seeing. It’s going to be hard for us to get there from the wild-card spot."

The New York Giants are 6-4 overall and own a game and half lead over the Redskins and Cowboys, who are tied for second place at 5-6. But the Cowboys split the season series with the Giants and don't play them again this season. The Redskins' next opponent is the Giants on Dec. 3.

The Giants face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

"All I can do is sit here and look at the numbers," Jones said. "I can't enthusiastically say that our odds, because I don't know what New York is going to do, but it looks to me like our best opportunity would be to try and end up with the best record in the NFC East, and I don't know what that's going to be."

It was interesting to hear Jones say the following: "I don't know if 8-8 can get it there or not, and I sure don't know if we're going to be 8-8."

To reach 10 victories, the Cowboys have to win out. To get to nine, the Cowboys must win four of their remaining five.

"I'm not trying to be negative, but we've got to play (Washington) again," Jones said. "With how impressed I am with how they played, we've got our hands full up there for that last ballgame."

That regular-season finale against the Redskins is in Landover, Md.