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?