Predicting the NFC East

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second quarter at AT

Oct 13, 2013

From here forward, the season really starts to get interesting.  Every game will have an impact on which teams have a shot at reaching the post season and which teams start planning for the 2014 draft.  For the NFC East, it is very likely that the division winner is the only post-season participant.  Still a lot of football to be played, but looking at the standings today, it hard to imagine a wild card team coming from the NFC East.  So, let’s take a look at what each of the teams in the NFC East have left on their schedule and make some predictions.

DALLAS COWBOYS:

Current record: 5-4 (4-1 Home/1-3 Away – 3-0 Division)

Remaining Games (7):

> at New Orleans (SNF) – tough road game on paper for the Cowboys who barely squeezed out a win at home over the 1-6 Vikings; but in typical Dallas fashion, expect them to play up to the level of their competition and make a game of it (LOSS).

BYE

> at New York Giants – always a tough division road game against a team that may be finding its legs for another late-season surge (WIN).

> Raiders – home Thanksgiving day game that looked at one point like a solid W – now, not so sure (WIN).

> at Bears – looked at one point like the loss of Cutler might make this a winnable game; now looks like either Cutler is back by this game or that the Bears have already found his replacement in McCown (LOSS).

> Packers – if only this game could happen earlier in the schedule when Seneca Wallace was their QB; Rodgers should be back by this game and will make it a very tough contest to win for the ‘Boys; expect another shoot out like the Denver game (LOSS).

> at Washington – another team that has its sights set on repeating as division champs after the Cowboys have failed to put the division away; going to be a very tough late season contest against a team that will likely be breathing down Dallas’ necks for the division crown (LOSS).

> Philadelphia – very likely going to come down to this game for the third year in a row to determine the division champion.  Is the third time a charm for the Cowboys?  Your guess is as good as mine (WIN).

Predicted Finish: 8-8 (5-1 Division) – Division Winner

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  • terell28

    Todd I dont think 8-8 will cut even though the division looks that bad now, the Redskins are heating up and we are still inconsistent. I also don’t see Redskins losing to the Giants in the finale where the Giants will have given up. We must get to 9 or 10 wins to clinch the division, this involves beating New Orleans/Green Bay/ and or Chicago we win 2 of those plus the other games we are supposed to like the Raiders/Giants/Eagles at home I think we can get 10 wins.

  • SmartThinking

    In re: your predictions for Dallas winning the division — I think many Cowboy fans think this team is going to skate through the last three division games on their merry way to a division title and a date with San Francisco. With the way this Dallas team is playing right now coupled with the re-emergence of all three division teams, the Cowboys could, conceivably lose all three. Here’s how I see it. New York’s season is lost. The Dallas game will be their Super Bowl. The Giants always crank it up in the second half of the season. Their opening season loss to Dallas , for the second time, will make them play lights out football and the pressure will be relentless in The Meadowlands stadium. It’ll take everything Dallas has to come away with a win. As for Washington, you’ve predicted them a winner in the second game. I do too. They’re playing much, much better than their first outing with Dallas. And their horses will be bigger than our horses. There’s been an renewed vigor in Philadelphia since the first game. Currently, they’re one game back in the division. If Dallas loses to New York and Washington, as I predict, then that last game is going to be for the division crown …… Again. Dallas has its hands full with the balance of this season. Until they begin to play much better, like a team that can take games away from their opponents and win, I’m not getting my hopes up for any more of a season better than 7-9 or at the very best, 8-8.

  • Old Frog

    Wish I had your faith. I’m thinking the Boys go 8 and 8 but the Eagles go 9 and 7. Another mediocre season with our hopes for 2014 predicated on the draft.

  • Ed

    Espn is launching their 2013 “playoff machine” after week 11. It’s a total pipe dream but fun none the less. Cowboys just need to win the division strait out. None of this 11th hour junk.

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