Silver Star Nation: Why Cowboys Thanksgiving Day matchup with Redskins is crucial

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The Dallas Cowboys may have won back-to-back games for the first time since last season.

They’ve won back to back road games for the first time since last season, and have dug themselves out of a 3-5 hole.

The Boys are now are 5-5 heading into Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Redskins.  But Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows they still have a lot more work to do.

“Yeah we just gotta lock in.  We gotta put our coat and tie on, get on the plane, have a meal, clean this game off quickly, get in the office early tomorrow and get ready for this next challenge.  That’s where we are,” said Garrett following his team’s victory at Atlanta.

The redskins come into dallas with a 6-4 record and in first place in the NFC East.  The Cowboys are 5-5.  If they beat the Redskins, the teams will have identical 6-5 records.

But because the Cowboys are 3-1 in the division, and the redskins are only two and one, the cowboys technically would be in first place.  But lose that game, you’re two games behind the Redskins.  Washington would also have the head to head tie-breaker over Dallas.  That could get the Cowboys in a lot of trouble.  That’s why Jason Garrett says, “You gotta keep moving forward.”

The Cowboys and the Redskins play at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and will be televised on FOX.

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