IRVING (AP)  By winning four of their last five games, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have clawed their way to a share of the lead in the NFC East.

Next challenge: staying there.

The Cowboys have a great chance to get comfy atop the division, but coach Jason Garrett knows it will take a better effort than his club gave Sunday in Washington.

With Miami coming to town Thursday, there’s little time to look back _ and a lot for this club to look forward to.

The big date looming is Dec. 11 at home against the co-leading Giants.

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