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Jerry Jones: I really like way team is playing

Jerry Jones mentioned after the Cowboys’ last-second Thanksgiving win over the 3-8 Dolphins that he planned to talk to Jason Garrett about the oh-so-close margin of victory in the Cowboys’ last two games.

Jones was just joking. He’ll gladly take a 7-4 record and first place in the NFC East and look forward.

“We’ve put ourselves in position to compete,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. “Now, how is the team playing? I really like the way the team is playing.”

The misery of being eliminated from playoff contention before midseason a year ago is fresh in the owner’s memory. That makes Jones appreciate the Cowboys’ position at the moment even more.

Having said that, Jones recognizes that the Cowboys have shown some flaws while struggling to beat three-win teams the last two weeks. However, he has an optimistic outlook on those issues.

“The bottom line is that our team is playing well in critical areas and we’ve got improvement in sight,” Jones said. “We can play better in the secondary, we can have less penalties, we can do the kinds of things this time of the year that can help us be a better team.

“Improvement is the word. I feel good about our improvement potential.”