Feb 6, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A detail view of the Vince Lombardi Trophy as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks during the Super Bowl most valuable player and winning head coach press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Which outcome is worse for the Cowboys?

With the playoffs only five weeks away, there are many playoffs scenarios taking place. For the Dallas Cowboys to make the playoffs, they will more than likely have to win out, or lose no more than one of their next five games.

Last year, a 9-7 team won the NFC East and won a momentum wave all the way to the Super Bowl. This was the worst thing that could have happened for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys can beat any team on any given day, if they show up. The only loss that was completely out of control was the Monday night debacle against the Bears.

The Cowboys are not mathematically eliminated, and most likely won’t be until the last week of the season (just how the NFL and major networks like it). If the Cowboys miss the playoffs, they would be guaranteed a top 15 draft pick, and possible have some leverage to lobby that draft pick into several draft picks by trading down.

If the Cowboys make the playoffs, with a depleted defense that has lost four starters to IR (Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Barry Church, Kenyon Coleman) the odds are against the Cowboys for advancing deep into the playoffs, but getting to the playoffs will suddenly give the Cowboys a bottom third draft pick.

Which outcome is worse for the Dallas Cowboys? Missing the playoffs but getting a good draft pick? Or making the playoffs, getting a bad draft pick, and risking going another “one and done” yet again?

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  • Keith Batchelor

    If you can make the playoffs you do it! Making the playoffs is never a bad thing. It’s all moot anyway because there isn’t any chance the make it this year. Too many injuries, horrible O line and bad coaching.

  • flibbit

    “The Cowboys can beat any team on any given day”

    For a second, I didn’t realize this was a satire article! Now I get it. Hilarious writing guys!

    Seriously, the Cowboys can’t beat any time on any given day… even if they show up. Coming up short is in their team’s culture. Don’t ask me where it came from, but it’s there. You’ve seen it over and over again all season long. They show up, they play competitively and they lose. The Cowboys need a change of leadership. Coach? QB? Something to instill a mental ability to win. Because right now… the Cowboys are losers.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Jon, are you kidding us? Able to beat any team? NO WAY. Show up or not, there are a lot of teams that the current Boys could not beat on a very good day. Let’s start with the 49ers, Patriots, etc. Give us the injured players back and I might agree with your statement.
    This team does not even wake up until the 2nd half. That’s the HC’s fault. He is responsible to have the team ready and focused at the opening kick.
    It would be great to get a high draft pick, but one plays the game to win. Coaches and players aren’t thinking about draft picks. They need to keep their jobs.
    We are not getting to the playoffs, but it is better to be considered a playoff team than not.

  • Arnold Newman

    We need to lose out, maximize the value of our draft pick (no trading down), hire Sean Payton, and see what happens. Otherwise, it’s more of the same.