Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, before his team’s Dec. 9 game against the Bengals (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised the Redskins for their play in Sunday’s 28-18 victory, as well as the way Mike Shanahan and his staff have built the team.

Speaking at his usual post-game press conference, Jones said he believes the Redskins could stand in his team’s way for years to come.

“I would say that they were the better team. They played like it. They played well enough to win,” Jones said. “They deserve what they’re getting. Hats off to the entire organization. They’ve done something pretty phenomenal to come back like they have with the season they started with. I give them all that they deserve.”

The Redskins owned a 3-6 record at their Week 10 bye. But they returned from the break and reeled off seven consecutive wins to capture the NFC East title – their first since 1999 – to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Jones, whose team is done for the season at 8-8, said that observing the construction of Washington’s roster will prompt him to examine the structure of his own team.

“I am impressed with the way that the Redskins are put together, across the board,” Jones said. “They’re going to be formidable as the Cowboys look to the future. We have to look where we are within our division. We’ll look and see just exactly how to approach a team that has some players they’ve got and good coaching they’ve got. We have a big challenge ahead of us. They are in the tournament, and we’re sitting at home. This is very disappointing. We have players that have also fought hard all year, but [we] did not get it done.”