Straight off of two key NFC East wins with major playoff considerations, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves facing another roadblock to the post-season.
With San Francisco (5-2) likely consuming 1 of the 2 NFC wildcard spots, both the Cowboys (4-3) and Lions (4-3) are major players to lock down the remaining slot.
Of course the main goal is winning the NFC East and not entering wildcard races. However, Dallas must also do all they can to keep in top position for a wildcard berth, in case it comes down to that.
TEAMS NECK AND NECK
While the 4-3 records are identical, neither team would be in great shape after dropping this game. Chicago squeezes right beside them at 4-3, yet is facing a bye week. Meaning the loser falls behind them in the hunt for the 2nd wildcard.
Not to be forgotten is 3-3 Carolina squaring off with a winless Tampa Bay team. They will likely move to 4-3 and lead the loser of the Cowboys game along with Chicago.
Bottom line is the victim in this contest will no longer own the pole position for the final remaining wildcard. They’d likely find themselves as the 4th contestant, sitting behind the team they just lost to, along with the Bears and Panthers.