IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys' coaches had a work day Sunday at Valley Ranch, but Jason Garrett admitted a TV might have been on somewhere, tuned to the New York Giants' game against Washington.
"We were breaking the tape down, and we were having our meetings, and it was on in the background at breaks," he said. "But I was not locked into it."
If the Cowboys were watching, they probably saw what they wanted. The Giants' loss put the Cowboys alone in first place in the NFC East with two games to go.
If the Giants lose again this week, in a noon kickoff on Saturday against the New York Jets, the Cowboys can clinch the division with a victory that afternoon at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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But if the Giants win on Saturday, the outcome of the Cowboys' game against the Eagles won't matter in the division race -- the Cowboys-Giants winner the following week will win the division.
"We have no reason to scoreboard-watch," Garrett said. "What we have to do is worry about ourselves, focus on what we have to do as individual players and coaches to get our team to play its best on Saturday against Philadelphia."
So of the Giants' loss, Garrett said, "It doesn't matter to us."
Ware, Ratliff reps
The Cowboys will continue to think about how many practice reps to give linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Ware has a neck stinger and missed one practice last week and was limited in two others. Ratliff was not on the injury report, but he played in discomfort because of a rib injury two weeks ago in the Giants game.
Both players were kept out most of the second half Saturday against Tampa Bay.
"They were both fairly productive in the snaps they did get," Garrett said. "But they're dealing with some injury. They fought through practice last week. They wanted to give it a go in the game. They did a pretty good job with their opportunities. We've got to get them healthy and get going, because we need them."
Felix Jones has the ability to be a heavy-duty back if the game situation calls for it, Jason Garrett said. The Cowboys gave him 25 touches against Tampa Bay, 22 carries and three catches.
Since DeMarco Murray went down with a broken ankle, Jones has carried 38 times and caught nine passes.
"When DeMarco kind of emerged, Felix went back to more of his role as a complementary player," Garrett said. "That doesn't diminish his ability to be able to play a lot of snaps or touch the ball a lot. Ideally, we don't want to overload him. But we recognize the situation with our tailback situation."
Tony Romo can call his own sneak if the situation is right, Jason Garrett said. Romo scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter against the Buccaneers.
"We have something in place that allows him to do that in those situations," Garrett said. "I thought he did a really good job in handling that situation, dealing with the red-zone situation, also dealing with the two-minute situation, to get the ball down there close. I thought he handled the whole thing very well."
Jason Garrett said right tackle Tyron Smith, who went down late in Saturday's game with a neck stinger, appears to be fine.
With 86 passing yards, Tony Romo will own the top three passing seasons in Cowboys history.
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