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Jones Happy With Cowboys, But Improvement Needed

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - The New York Giants were dealt an embarrassing 49-24 loss by the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, fueled by five touchdowns from Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

For the Giants, it's a third straight loss and a fall into second place in the NFC East behind their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

So, just how comfortable is Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones with his team sitting in the first place spot?

"We know that these games are going to be a real challenge, because that's the NFL today," Jones said, as he joined me on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "It's great [being first place in the division] because when you look at this time last year, we were 3-8, so that's a good comparison. But we've certainly got lots of football to play, with critical opponents."

The Cowboys visit an Arizona Cardinals (4-7) team Sunday that is playing better than their record suggests, then face the New York Giants twice and the Philadelphia Eagles again before their regular season ends.

And as far as how Jones feels about the state of his team right now?

"We've put ourselves in a position to compete," Jones said. "I really like the way the team is playing. Bottom line is, our team is playing well in critical areas and we've got improvement in sight. We can play better in the secondary and get less penalties. I feel good about the improvement potential."

The Cowboys last game, which was a 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving Day, certainly wasn't a pretty victory, but Jones and the Cowboys will take it.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had two interceptions in the first half alone, followed by two risky passes to tight end Jason Witten and running back Demarco Murray; and kicker Dan Bailey sealed the win with a 28-yard field goal, but Dallas finished committing a season-high 11 penalties.

Ugly win or not, the Cowboys still got the victory. But it will take an improved performance from the team this week, and throughout the rest of the season, if the team hopes to keep winning and advance in the playoffs.

Catch Jasmine with New School, weekdays 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on 105.3 The Fan. Follow Jasmine on Twitter @JasmineSadry

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