See how the math gets a little scary at this point? Here’s the remaining schedule:
|WEEK 10||at New Orleans|
|WEEK 12||at New York Giants|
|WEEK 14||at Chicago|
|WEEK 15||GREEN BAY|
|WEEK 16||at Washington|
It almost feels as if the Cowboys will need some help to win this division. They may get it – 8 wins could certainly get someone to the dance this year.
The 2-6 Giants are slated to host Green Bay and Seattle in the season’s second half, along with road games scheduled in San Diego and Detroit. A 5-3 record the rest of the way would be an acheivement, so an 8-8 finish seems unlikely.
The 2-6 Redskins still have to play San Diego, Kansas City and San Francisco at home, and will travel to Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York – three teams that are under .500, but are historically tough at home. Again, the defending division champs will be fortunate to finish the season with six wins, much less at .500.
The 3-5 Eagles have a pretty realistic path to 8-8, assuming they can get their offense back on track – they’ve scored just 10 points the past two weeks, so a weakness in their offense may have been exposed. Their toughest remaining games are at Green Bay and Dallas, and in December they will host Arizona, Detroit and Chicago. Despite their current offensive struggles, they have the clearest path to cause the Cowboys trouble.
With the Redskins and Giants basically out of it, considering their remaining schedules, the NFC East could come down to Week 17 for a third year in a row – with both the Eagles and Cowboys at 7-8 and the loser going home.
All because of a one-point loss to Detroit in October. It was a game the Cowboys should have won. Worse, it looks like it was a game they needed to win.