Jerry Jones isn’t going to sugarcoat things just because the Cowboys pulled out an overtime win Sunday.
Jones knows that wasn’t a playoff-caliber performance against the Washington Redskins, who came a couple of feet away on a 52-yard field goal attempt from snapping a five-game losing streak.
“We did not play well against the Redskins,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. “(Tony) Romo did. Early, if we hit on a couple of things, then it might have been a different story. We just missed on a couple of throws, but still, we did not play well across the board. We’ve got to do better than that at a future here in terms of this year.”
Nevertheless, the Cowboys ended the weekend at the top of the NFC East standings with a 6-4 record and possession of the tiebreaker over the New York Giants.
The Giants have a road game against the NFC South-leading Saints and host the undefeated Green Bay Packers before coming to Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 11. The Cowboys face a pair of 3-7 teams the next two weeks, hosting the Miami Dolphins and playing the Arizona Cardinals on the road.
Not that Jones is taking anything for granted.
“We know we were lucky to get out of that game the other day, but we’ve lost some we weren’t lucky in, too,” Jones said. “But you’re going to have games lost by teams that on paper they shouldn’t have lost. That’s why you can’t tell anything now. You really do just have to put your nose down and head down and go get it one at a time.”