Jerry Jones: Time is running out on Cowboys

If the playoffs started today, the Cowboys would be sitting on a couch and watching it unfold on TV.

There are five games remaining in the season, however, and there is still a chance that the Cowboys can reach the postseason. A slim chance. The Cowboys trail the New York Giants by two games in the NFC East, and there are four teams with better records who are vying for the two wild-card spots.

Washington (5-6) has the same record as the Cowboys, but owns the tiebreaker at this point based on the Redskins' victory over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

Saying all this, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said time is running out on his team's ability to reach the postseason.

"Getting it right? We do, yes," Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM when asked if the Cowboys have time to fix their season. "We're running out of time as to the playoffs. Do we have enough time? It's numerically possible, but you got to really step out here this week and do the right things to win a ballgame on the field. You have time to do that.

"Certainly you want to be going into the final weeks of the season ... (and) playing at an uptick to play well in the playoffs. But there's another reason why you want to be playing well, too. You want to be playing well so you can basically look at your core and see where you are with your core and evaluate your core as far as seasons to come."

The Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. The Eagles (3-8) were basically eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

Injuries and inconsistent play have dominated the Cowboys season, and Jones didn't disagree with that. But he expected more.

"I thought we'd be better than this," said Jones, "although I do realize the kind of competition we have in the league. We got nine teams that are 5-6 or 6-5 in the NFL right now. I knew we were in a league that has a lot of competition, but I thought we would be better."