Division holds key for Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is a task-at-hand kind of guy. As far as he is concerned the only game on the schedule is Sunday’s against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium.

“You get your eyes moving forward,” Garrett said. “They’ll be a great challenge for us. They’re a great football team. We got our work cut out for us. We just got to go to work, have a great week of preparation.”

He doesn’t much care that the Cowboys are playing their next two games against NFC East foes with an Oct. 20 trip to the Philadelphia Eagles following this game.

It is too soon to think about playoff possibilities, but seven NFC teams have a better record than the Cowboys. Winning the division is always the top goal and easiest way to make the playoffs. At 2-3, the Cowboys are tied for the NFC East lead with the Eagles.

A loss to the Redskins on Sunday would move them to third in the division, ahead of only the winless New York Giants.

“Guys know what’s at stake right now,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “It’s a division game and we’ve got to go out and win.”