Jerry Jones: ‘We haven’t really lost ground’

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The Dallas Cowboys have been blown out in two of their last three games and in between they struggled to handle the rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a home game.

But owner Jerry Jones isn’t pushing the panic button with his team 2-2 and in the thick of the NFC East, for right now.

The Cowboys are coming off a 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football” and they were soundly defeated in Week 2 at Seattle. The club has a bye this week.

We thought we would play better in the last three ballgames,” Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Certainly in Seattle, we were not above expectations. But we met expectations and were elated with our first game. But we didn’t play as well against Seattle, a good team, hard team to beat out there. And certainly didn’t have the game we wanted to have out here against Tampa, but we won it.

“Then we laid an egg here against the Bears. So, I would say that we’re not up to expectations but certainly, at this juncture, not in any way dismayed or in any way thinking we won’t be the team that we want to be.”

Jones reasons with so few elite teams in the league this season – only two unbeaten clubs remain – that his club is not far off the pace with some improvements that are expected.

“We haven’t really lost ground,” Jones said. “We might have missed some opportunities to gain ground, but we haven’t lost ground.”

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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