Three consecutive losses.
No Ezekiel Elliott until Dec. 24.
Three of the next five games on the road.
At 5-6, what do the Dallas Cowboys do now?
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“I think the biggest thing you try to do is not really concern yourself with what the wins and losses are at this point,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after his team’s 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday at AT&T Stadium. “You’ve really got to clean up this ballgame as quickly as you can and get ready for the next challenge. The best thing we can do is come back Sunday morning and lock in on what we need to do to prepare the right way for the Redskins.”
The Cowboys host the Washington Redskins Thursday. It’s another short week on back-to-back Thursday games.
“We’re not playing well. We’re not a good team right now. We can be a good team,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “I don’t want to talk about anything positive, but there are some things, if you want to look at them. We just have to sit here, grab ahold, get back and see if we can do better to win some games.”
A lot of the struggles, fairly or unfairly, have fallen on quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense. Prescott has been intercepted five times in the past two games. He passed for 179 yards and was intercepted twice against the Chargers.
“It’s how much pride we have individually and as a team, show our character at 5-6, and put what’s behind us, behind us, as cliche’ as that sounds,” Prescott said. “Just try to be a better team than the day before and the week before and the week before. At this point, that’s all we can do.”
After Thursday’s game against Washington, the Cowboys play at the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, home against Seattle and close the regular season at Philadelphia.
“We thought we would be in a better place standing here on Thanksgiving, but we’re not,” Jones said. “We have to really look at the good things we’re doing and emphasize those. We have to take the bad things we’re doing and throw them out.”