If the Dallas Cowboys were to go 2-2 in the final four games of the season, they’d likely miss the playoffs with a 10-6 record. That’s because the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons are right on their tails and depending how the rest of the divisional games go, the Cowboys may be the odd team out. Both the Redskins and the Falcons have better NFC records at the moment, which would give them the tiebreaker over the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins have won six NFC games with three left. The Falcons have won five, the same as the Cowboys, but they have a better in-division record than the Cowboys. The Redskins would get the upper hand from both if they all went 10-6.
The Redskins have a cakewalk of a season left, with only this weekend’s game their toughest. They play Cincinnati, Philadelphia and San Fransisco to end the season. The Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers also complicate the playoff spots.
The New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings will win their divisions, leaving two teams left. The Carolina Panthers currently have the best record of all the remaining teams, and if that record holds, they take the fifth spot.
The final sixth spot is left for the Cowboys, Redskins, Falcons to fight over, with the Bears-Vikings and Saints with slim chances.
The Cowboys will have to go at least 3-1 to make the playoffs, and quite possibly win all four. They also just happen to have the toughest schedule left of any of those teams.