Despite loss, Cowboys are in good spot

The sting of Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins is probably not over, but Orlando Scandrick offered perspective in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room following the game.

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Despite Monday's loss to Washington, Dallas is 6-2 overall and leads the NFC East through eight weeks.
"At the end of the day, let's look at the big picture," Scandrick said. "The first half of the season, we're 6-2."

There is not a Cowboys fan around that wouldn't have taken 6-2 through the first eight games. The Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East by a half game over the Philadelphia Eagles. They have done a lot of things right, but both of the losses have come at AT&T Stadium. And the Cowboys have to hope the Redskins did not expose some flaws on both sides of the ball that other teams will try to emulate.

The good and bad news is the Cowboys will not have a long time to feel bad about the loss with the Arizona Cardinals visiting on Sunday. Players are off Tuesday and will not have a long review -- if any -- of the Redskins' loss. The focus will be on the Cardinals.

"Regardless of what the outcome of this game is, you've got to get on to the next one," coach Jason Garrett said.

Garrett preached the same message during the Cowboys' six-game winning streak and his players were repeating his mantra after the game.

"We're going to pick out the good things we did and we're going to build on them," Scandrick said. "We're going to look at the bad things we did in the game and we're going to fix them."

Said quarterback Tony Romo, "You win, you get 24 hours and you get after it again. You lose, you get 24 hours and you get after it again. That is our philosophy."

That has to make Garrett feel good. He has treated momentum as a play-to-play thing, not a game-to-game thing. Having seen their six-game streak end Monday, the players were upset but not wallowing in dejection.

"You would think it would (affect momentum), but I've never been a part of such a resilient team that just looks forward and doesn't let what happens in the past to be an issue," center Travis Frederick said. "I'm confident this team has the ability to just move forward and let it go."

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