Jerry Jones: What people 'remember is what you do in December'

Jerry Jones says fans remember what you do in December. (USATSI)
Good news: The Cowboys have won two straight, are now 7-5 on the season, and lead the NFC East.

Bad news: The Eagles, on a four-game winning streak, are also 7-5, and the two teams meet in the regular-season finale in a matchup that not only could decide the NFC East, but who advances to the playoffs.

So it with with measured optimism that Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones looks ahead to the final month of the season.

“We’ve always known that what they remember is what you do in December,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan.

This is where we point out that the Cowboys haven't been particularly impressive in December. Two years ago, they lost three of their final four regular-season contests and watched the Giants backdoor their way into the playoffs -- and their second Super Bowl title in five years.

In 2012, the Cowboys lost a Week 17 game to the Redskins, who wound up winning the division and hosting a playoff game.

Oh, and there's this: Tony Romo sports an 11-15 record in December.

When asked about it, Jones offered this: “I think it’s real,” he said. “You can probably tie that to why we have had disappointment in December. It’s hard to build up enough edge to play at that level during December. You better have your arrow going up rather than going down.”

Jones expects linebacker Sean Lee to return for Monday's matchup against the Bears after missing two games with a hamstring injury. However, second-year cornerback Morris Claiborne is listed as questionable.

“We can’t expect to be where we all want to be unless we play better than we’ve played the last two years," Jones conceded.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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