Let's get ready to stumble

JONES -- Week 15's 37-36 loss to the Packers was not just the worst loss of the season but one of the worst in Dallas history. The Cowboys had been 42-0 when leading by 20 at the half. Not anymore. The defense gave up 433 yards and  Tony Romo threw two picks in the final three minutes, proving once and for all that it's impossible to be a clutch QB while throwing from the fetal position.

SNYDER -- A 45-10 loss to the Chiefs in Week 14 in front of the smallest crowd ever at FedEx Field was the Redskins' fifth defeat in a row, was the fifth double-digit loss of the season and guaranteed the third double-digit losing season of Mike Shanahan's four-year tenure.

ADVANTAGE -- The Cowboys were 30 minutes from writing their own playoff ticket, and then, as it always seems to do with this gutless team, disaster struck. This is the work and indelible trademark of Jones the GM: a historically bad defense, a coach lacking command and a $100 million franchise quarterback who wilts under pressure. On Sunday, RG III will be the best player in the stadium. Or, well, I mean he would be if he hadn't gotten benched by Shanahan for being healthy. Edge: JERRY


JONES -- Forbes says the Cowboys are the most valuable NFL franchise at $2.1 billion. It's official: The perpetually .500 Cowboys have become the Kardashians of the NFL -- the Cowdashians, if you will -- all hype and style and flash with no substance or talent or accomplishments.

SNYDER -- According to that same Forbes report, the Redskins are ranked third in value at $1.8 billion.

ADVANTAGE -- Based on personal net worth, by my calculations, Jones could buy and sell Snyder -- twice. His stadium is also worth about five times what Snyder's is. Oh, and did I mention that Jones also has a 25,000-square-foot TV? Edge: DANNY


JONES -- The Cowboys' problem has always been the combination of a bad GM and an owner not smart enough to get rid of him. In the pass-happy era of the NFL, Jones has been particularly bad with QBs ( Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Romo) and receivers. He passed on drafting Randy Moss, gave up two first-round picks for Joey Galloway and forked over $54 million and three draft picks for Roy Williams.

SNYDER -- Any list of the top 10 free-agent busts usually includes between four and six players signed by the Redskins. Snyder gave Albert Haynesworth $100 million. He gave Deion Sanders $56 million. Bruce Smith got $23.5 million. And Jeff George (four years, $18.25 million) got $18.25 million more than he was worth.

ADVANTAGE -- Because he also serves as the Cowboys' GM, Jones probably does deserve more of the blame for what looks like another wasted season in Texas. But is that any worse than Snyder's employing Vinny Cerrato for almost a decade?  Edge: PUSH -- The only winners here are NFL agents.

Foot in mouth

JONES -- "Any one of 500 coaches could have won those Super Bowls," Jones said, drunk on ego, in 1994, leading to the departure of coach Jimmy Johnson and pretty much the end of hope inside the Cowboys dynasty.

SNYDER -- "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps," Snyder told USA Today in May.

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