Jerry Jones sees a healthy and productive Tony Romo taking the Dallas Cowboys into December in playoff contention — same as the past two years.

If the Dallas owner gets another ending without a postseason trip, he's going to feel as if someone is piling on.

Jones says few things in his career match the disappointment of 2011 and 2012, when the Cowboys had control of their playoff fate and lost the last two games both years.

Dallas (7-5) and Philadelphia are tied atop the NFC East, and those teams play the season finale on the Cowboys' home field.

The Cowboys get December started Monday night in Chicago, where Jay Cutler is sidelined again and Dallas should see the return of linebacker Sean Lee.


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