Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys31-16 win over the Washington Redskins.

Atop the East: With Philadelphia winning earlier in the day, the Cowboys knew they needed to win to keep pace in the NFC East. Sunday’s win sets up a first-place showdown with the Eagles (3-3) next week at Lincoln Financial Field. “Obviously this was a big game in the division,” tight end Jason Witten said. “You want to get to 2-0 in the division. Two losses there in a row [overall], too, but we know how important to get that win in our division was. Especially after last year, they took it to us pretty good twice. That’s a big win for us. Our division games are always that way. They’re tight. They’re ugly in a lot of ways. I thought we did a good job fighting through it.”

Situational defense: After getting torched in their last six quarters, the defense responded with a better effort in slowing down the Redskins. They allowed 216 yards rushing on 33 carries, including a 45-yard touchdown from Alfred Morris, but they were able to keep Robert Griffin III out of the end zone and hold him to a 58.3 passer rating, sacking him three times and intercepting him once. Most important, they were able to keep Washington out of the end zone on three red-zone trips, one week after they allowed Denver to score on six of seven red-zone possessions. “Any time you can keep a team out of the end zone, that’s huge,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “They made some plays, but we were able to come up with plays when we needed them.”

Health check: DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware will undergo MRIs on Monday after being forced to leave the game with knee and quadriceps injuries, respectively. Murray has a sprained MCL in his left knee. The team is not sure of the severity of the injury, but Felix Jones played through the injury last season with a heavy tape job on both knees. Ware was walking fine after the game, and said that he would be OK.