Cowboys prepare for last five games of the season

Cowboys prepare for last five games of the season

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: A general view of play during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on November 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 8:31 PM

IRVING -- With a losing record of five wins and six losses, the Cowboys' arrow isn't exactly pointing up.

The loss on Thanksgiving Day wasn't reassuring for a team that needs momentum to make a run in the final month of the season.

"You know, you've got to be able to put it behind you and not just say we're moving forward, but we're going to get it fixed," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "That's the biggest thing for us is, yeah we fight, yeah we've got a will, but let's fix it."

Jason Garrett has now been through 35 games as the team’s head coach. His record stands at 18 wins and 17 losses -- not exactly numbers that Cowboys fans had hoped for. Progress has been minimal.

"We'd like to win more football games, like any coach would tell you," Garrett said. "So what you have to do, is you have to focus on how we do things and ultimately if you do things well with the right kind of people, we feel like we'll get the results that we all want."

Mathematically, the Cowboys still have a shot at the postseason but they need to get on a roll now. Losing to the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day was a missed opportunity as they try to catch the Giants in the NFC East.

"Our thing is about us and focusing on getting ourselves better and then focus on the task at hand each week," Garrett said. "We're not real concerned about what else is going on around the league. That's not the way we look at it. It’s a missed opportunity because we lost one-of-16 ball games, and we didn't play well enough to win."

"I think they're exactly what you see, if you go down through where everybody is," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "But certainly we've got to play better and we've got to play this team again, too."

Last year, the New York Giants were 6-5 at this point of the season and went on to, not only qualify for the playoffs, but win the Super Bowl. They're record for their last five games was three wins and two losses.

History is not in Dallas' favor.

Last year, Dallas won only one of their last five games, a victory over Tampa Bay. In the last 10 years, Dallas has had only two seasons where they won three of their last five.

Their record in the final stretch of the season over the last decade is a dismal 20 wins and 30 losses. Nothing suggests that this year will be any different.

"What we like to do is focus on the task at hand, and the task at hand is cleaning up this ball game and getting ready for next ball game, which is Philadelphia," Garrett said.

"We have to find a way to some things better," said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "I think some things are just there that everyone can see we need to do better."

"The little things continue to hurt us each week," said Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. "They continue to add up. Like I said before, as you play teams that are good, you can't beat yourself - let alone try to beat the team that you're playing against - and that's what we've been doing."

Things have gotten so bad that questions about Garrett's future as the head coach are beginning to pop up. When asked about his job security for the rest of the season, Garrett said: "What we're going to do is battle every day. We're going to come to work as players and coaches and battle and try to do our best and try to win football games. I've been around the league a long time and the best teams, the best coaches and the best players do that."

When quarterback Tony Romo was asked if he still believed in Garrett as his head coach, Romo said: "That’s ah, next question. Yes!"

Garrett replaced Wade Phillips at the mid-way point of the season just two years ago. Phillips was eight games above .500 when he was released after 56 games. Garrett has coached only 35.

In the past, Jerry Jones has been quoted as saying that he likes Garrett's philosophy, which gives him confidence and a lot of faith.

Right now that faith is being tested.

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