The Cowboys are still in first place but ...

SAN DIEGO -- The bad news is the Dallas Cowboys come home following a 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The good news is the Cowboys are still in first place with a 2-2 mark in what is developing into a bad NFC East .

Dallas had a chance to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the division. Only Washington, among the four NFC East teams, won on Sunday. The Cowboys hold just a one-game lead over the 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles and Redskins.

"It's tough, really tough," tight end Jason Witten said. "You don't want to win one, lose one and that’s disappointing. It's still a lot of football to play and we have a close group that believes in themselves. We'll get better and bounce back. We have a lot of resolve on this team and we got to go do it though, we can't just say that."

The Cowboys were trying to win consecutive games for the first time since November and start a season 3-1 for the first time since 2008. It seems strange the Cowboys are having trouble doing something like this, but that's the situation this franchise is in right now.

The Cowboys held a 21-13 lead in the first half against the Chargers but were shutout in the second half for the first time since Week 2 at Seattle last season.

"It's disappointing after a loss like today," quarterback Tony Romo said. "We had a good week of practice, guys prepared well and were ready to go so to not come out and play as well as we hoped, is frustrating and disappointing. Our football team has a close knit group of people that are going to go back to work and learn from the mistakes that each one of us made to make us better going into the next game."