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NFL Team Report - Dallas Cowboys - INSIDE SLANT
But the Cowboys (7-7) remain hopeful and are staying positive heading into Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins (3-11) because they still control their own destiny for the NFC East title and the playoffs.
Victories over the Redskins and the Eagles equal a division title, which would be the Cowboys' first since 2009. Of course, the Cowboys could be eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday with a loss at Washington and a Philadelphia victory over the Bears on Sunday night.
"One of my jobs is to provide perspective for the team -- where we are and where we're going," coach Jason Garrett said. "That's where we are. We win two games, we win the NFC East. That's a good thing for our team in dealing with this situation. Having said all that, we're not really focused on them. We're focused on us."
But it's hard for Cowboys' fans to have faith in their team after the past two games.
The Bears beat the Cowboys 45-28 on Dec. 9, and seven days later, the Cowboys blew a 23-point lead against the Packers.
There is plenty of blame to go around.
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is being criticized for the 32nd-ranked defense, which is on pace to be one of the worst in NFL history. Garrett is under fire, because, well, he's the head coach and he has a 28-26 mark since taking over in 2010.
Quarterback Tony Romo has taken a beating for being the face of the team's ability to win big games late in seasons.
The Cowboys are 11-17 in December since Romo took over as quarterback in 2006.
The Cowboys insist the one thing they haven't lost is their confidence.
"Believe it or not, we still count on each other," receiver Dez Bryant said. "It's not even a second thought. We count on each other. That's just what that is. And we're going to keep doing it. We're going to ride it out until the end.
"We will (get over the hump). I don't give up. I won't give up. I can boo-boo all night, but I guarantee you, I will come back to work ready to go. I'm not going to hold my head down. I can't, and I won't. Like I said, I believe. That's just how it is."
That is the attitude of everybody in the Cowboys locker room. They are trying to remain positive and upbeat. But there is also no hiding the frustration and exasperation.
"Fed up," cornerback Brandon Carr said when asked if he was angry. "Personally, I know what we can do. I don't know, honestly we have talked about it so much this year. I'm not a big fan of talking about and always got an excuse and got a reason why.
"In this league, it's wins and losses. You either get it done or you don't. That's why it's frustrating but at the same time, we still have a chance. There are a lot of teams, right now, I was in this situation before, at this time of the season getting ready to go home in two weeks. We have a great opportunity ahead of us and a great challenge we just got to win. You win and you're in."
SERIES HISTORY: 106th regular-season meeting. Cowboys lead series, 63-40-2. Washington has won two of the last three but Dallas has won four of six. Dallas won the earlier meeting 31-16 on Oct. 13.