Jerry Jones: NFC East will come down to beating Eagles

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys pulled two games above .500 with four games to play and claimed sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 31-24 Thanksgiving Day victory over Oakland on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

Standing outside the team’s locker room, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones gave his assessment on where the team currently stands.

“Apart from that New Orleans game, which really stunned me, I had really thought that we were playing better than what our record indicated,” Jones said. “I look back and see some of those teams, where they are, the quality of teams they are. We lost by, all told, three or four points there, and I can see that this team has got a resolve. It has worked hard. We will get some guys back and we will use this break to build on it.”

When asked to look ahead at the final four games and the possibility of winning the NFC East for the first time since 2009, Jones said he thinks it will all come down to the regular season finale, a home game against the 6-5 Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’m not forgetting about Washington,” Jones said. “We’ve got these two away, two at home, formidable teams. Two of them are neck and neck. One of them will probably get [Aaron] Rodgers back, so those will be big games for us. Chicago on the road. Washington on the road.

“Believe you me, they’re going to sit here with some resolve after a game like they had the other night. So we’ve got our hands full. This will be a good test for us. If we can come through this thing and somehow get them and have some success and maybe have a chance for the playoffs, we’ll have run a good gauntlet that gets us ready if we don’t get hurt in a key spot.”

The Cowboys a Monday night game in Chicago on Dec. 9 before hosting Green Bay on Dec. 15. Dallas then closes the season with consecutive division games, Dec. 22 at Washington and Dec. 29 against Philly.

The 3-8 Redskins are the only remaining opponent with a losing record.

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