Cowboys yearn to close out games better

IRVING, Texas -- Their bodies could not withstand the punishment, but there are times players wish they played in the NBA or Major League Baseball where you have to move on from a loss in one day.

In the NFL, it sticks with you for a week if not longer.

That's how the Dallas Cowboys have felt this week after their 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions in getting ready for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

"We've just got to stop giving games away," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. "We've got to close. We've got to finish. I'm done with [Detroit]. I'm focusing on Minnesota and hopefully we can go out here and get this win. Winning always feels good."

Examining why you lost, however, can eliminate more losses like that to the Lions.

The Cowboys' four defeats have been by a total of 14 points. Their worst defeat is a 30-21 loss at the San Diego Chargers. They have lost on the final play (Denver Broncos), final 12 seconds (Lions) and final quarter (Kansas City Chiefs).

"We haven't executed at the most critical of times on both sides of the ball," linebacker Sean Lee said. "It shows when you play against a great team and great quarterbacks you have to play for 60 minutes and you have to be on point with every single part of your defense and your execution. You can't rest at all. That's something we thought we learned. Obviously it keeps coming back. If we don't want to be 8-8 again, if we want to be a good team playing in the playoffs we have to get over that hump."