Jerry Jones shocked that Cowboys are in chase for division title
The Dallas Cowboys (4-8) shockingly are only one game out of first place in the awful NFC East courtesy of Monday’s 19-16 victory over the Washington Redskins. And owner Jerry Jones, who has stubbornly viewed the nightmarish season his beloved Cowboys have endured through rose-colored glasses, can’t quite believe it himself.
“I would have never dreamed this,” Jones admitted after the game, as transcribed by Eye on Football. “You can say it speaks to parity and I guess it does. We are fortunate and we’ve got to get better. We play [Washington] again. We’ve got some tough road games ahead of us. So we have a lot of work to do if we want to keep our head up. This sure was a good feeling.”
While the way in which the Cowboys squeaked by the Redskins won’t earn the team any style points, a win is a win, and Jones realizes there’s much work left to be done.
“I look at it as 4-8,” he said. “And won’t look at it any differently as we move up the ladder, until something really special happens. I’d like to see us get on the north side of some turnovers one time. If we saw that happen, with the kind of effort our team is giving, then you could get excited about this thing.”
The Cowboys split its season series with both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants and can sweep the Redskins with a Week 17 victory. Given that head-t0-head record is the first tiebreaker for division title — followed by division record (the Cowboys are 3-2, best in the NFC East) — the Cowboys certainly are in a better position than they arguably deserve to be at this point.
Jones last week justified keeping Tony Romo on the active roster after he suffered his second broken clavicle of the season by pointing out the quarterback potentially would be available if the Cowboys reach the postseason. While that seemed preposterous in some respects, Jones and the Cowboys will look like geniuses if that does in fact shockingly come to fruition.