Cowboys Hunt Lions, Another Leap Towards Playoffs

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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.


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.

The Eagles sit at 3-4, yet have a very fortunate contest with the 1 win Giants. Thus the loser becomes deadlocked with them if they defeat New York.

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.

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  • SmartThinking

    This writer makes a valid point: Dallas needs this win against Detroit to (a) remain a full game ahead of Philadelphia, (b) remain in sole control of the NFC East, (c) stay in the hunt for the NFC Wildcard spot and gain the right to face off against the 49ers and have the stuffing kicked out of them. But wait! Dallas still has to play the Saints, Packers, and Bears just for the right to face the 49ers and have the stuffing kicked out of them. And, of course, that’s after facing the unbeaten Chiefs, Broncos and, quite possibly, division-leading Bengals. I’m not sure any other team this year has faced the kind of quality competition that Dallas has and will just to get to the wall that will be the 49ers. This season is like one of those teenager’s slasher movies: the busty young teenaged girl slowly walks down the dimly lit hallway while thunder and lightning rage outside. We scream and yell for her to run because we know what grim fate awaits her just behind the door. She doesn’t. We wince and close our eyes to the bloody outcome. But, it’s entertainment nonetheless. Run Cowboys! Don’t go down that hallway! It’s the dreaded 49ers!!!! ……… I’m still not leaving my chair even though I know how it’s gonna end.