Cowboys Hunt Lions, Another Leap Towards Playoffs

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CONCLUSION

While this Lions game is not quite as crucial as a divisional battle for Dallas, it still holds precious playoff treasures for them to claim.

A win moves Dallas ahead of Detroit by a game in the overall season records.  It also crowns them with the head-to-head victory if needed down the road.

More impressively, a victory allows the Cowboys to dwarf most of the other NFC wildcard contestants, with a sterling 5-0 conference record at the midway point.

Only 2 other NFC teams have a spotless NFC record, the Saints (4-0) and Seahawks (3-0).  New Orleans has a bye week so they won’t be able to match Dallas following a victory in Detroit.

The Seahawks could move to 4-0 in the NFC by defeating the Rams on Sunday, yet having played 1 less NFC game, even they would trail Dallas with their 5-0 mark.

The playoff implications continue to loom large for these Dallas Cowboys come Sunday in Detroit.  The precious advantages Dallas could earn with a win would be yet another huge leap towards finally punching a post-season ticket.

 

 

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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.