Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was impressed after Monday night's 18-16 victory against the Washington Redskins.
With the players, certainly.
But perhaps with one name above all others -- coach Jason Garrett.
"It's a credit to our team, a credit to Jason Garrett, that we get our act together, get back down here and win a ballgame," Jones said. "I can't praise Jason Garrett enough for how he's handling the team. He represents the spirit of the team, and we're just excited about getting these two wins."
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The Cowboys have needed to rally for both of their wins. They came back from 14-0 and 24-14 to defeat the San Francisco 49ers last week. Monday night, they rallied from a 16-9 deficit.
"Certainly, the defense at the end really needed to step up there," Jones said. "That was obvious.... I'm really proud of our defense."
Jones said there are mistakes to be fixed, and he understands how injuries are slowing the Cowboys. But he said he has confidence in Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo to keep the Cowboys on track.
"First of all, you saw Romo at his best, improvising," Jones said. "And what did he make -- two or three of those improvised plays where it looked like we were for sure going to have significant setbacks out there, and he turns them into at least evens or sometime got us a gain out of them? You've got an asset when you've got Tony Romo out there."
Cowboys rookie Dan Bailey was named the NFC's special teams player of the week after making all six of his field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder in the final 2 minutes, that gave Dallas an 18-16 win over Washington.
Bailey and running back Felix Jones are among the nominees for other honors, too. Bailey is a nominee for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. Jones, who rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries against the Redskins, is up for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award. He had his two longest runs of the year, 29 and 40 yards, in the second half.
Eyes on Texas
Monday's Washington-Dallas game scored its highest rating and largest audience of the season as ESPN won the night among all networks -- broadcast or cable -- in viewers with 17,104,000 and a 12.3 rating. In the Metroplex, the game drew a 20.4 rating on ESPN and 16.0 on KTXA/21 for a combined 36.4 rating. In Washington, the game drew a 22.4 rating on ESPN and 12.6 on WDCA for a combined 35.0 rating.
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