Does it sound odd to say that instead of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants controlling their own playoff destinies, it is actually the Washington Redskins who do? There is some truth to this.
The Redskins battle the Giants Monday night, and the Cowboys also play the Redskins next week at Fed Ex Field.
Neither team played the Redskins well the first time around, but no game was as bad as the 7-6 Cowboys win a few weeks ago.
The Redskins would love nothing more to act as the spoiler to one of these teams. The Cowboys actually need to finish a game ahead of the Giants to get into the playoffs because the Giants won both head-to-head games. This means that a Cowboys loss and a Giants win could be all that it takes to keep the Cowboys out of the post season.
Both teams play the Redskins, so it’s the Skins who sort of control the destiny of mostly the Cowboys. The Giants end the season against the Vikings, who very well could sit their starters.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys play the Saints, the Skins and then end the season against the Eagles.
I firmly believe that the Cowboys need to win the rest of the games to make it.