Play­off con­tenders present next ob­sta­cles

Even with vic­to­ries, Dal­las may need help to qual­ify for the post­sea­son.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

IRV­ING, Texas — The Dal­las Cow­boys barely beat two teams go­ing nowhere and couldn’t hang with Robert Grif­fin III in a loss dur­ing their three-game home stand.

Now the sched­ule turns to win­ning teams fight­ing for the play­offs, and the Cow­boys need those games and prob­a­bly some help in get­ting to the post­sea­son.

Dal­las vis­its Cincin­nati on Sun­day be­fore re­turn­ing home to face Pitts­burgh. The Ben­gals and Steel­ers are tied for sec­ond in the AFC North at 7-5, and are prob­a­bly in the wild-card hunt be­cause they trail Baltimore by two games.

The Cow­boys (6-6) spent the past few weeks fig­ur­ing they needed to win the NFC East to get in, though they could be in the wild-card mix, too.

“Each game, ob­vi­ously, we’re play­ing for our play­off lives,” said Tony Romo, who had three touch­down passes to break Troy Aikman’s fran­chise record in Sun­day’s 38-33 vic­tory against Philadel­phia. “We put our­selves here. We’ve got to fig­ure out a way to play bet­ter ball. Some ways, we did that tonight and other ways, we’ve got to con­tinue to get bet­ter.”

Start with Romo on the pos­i­tive side of that equa­tion. He com­pleted all 10 of his sec­ond-half passes, which in­cluded two ty­ing touch­downs and the goa­head toss to Dez Bryant

Tony Romo was a strong point Sun­day night, com­plet­ing all 10 of his sec­ond-half passes and throw­ing for the goa­head score.

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