Cowboys Will Host Playoffs With These 3 Wins

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That’s right, I’m declaring this bold statement with 7 games left on the schedule.  The Dallas Cowboys can lock down the NFC East title and host a playoff game even with a 3-4 record (8-8 overall) over the final stretch.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) celebrates his game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) at AT

The key to this very achievable formula is beating the right 3 teams…

  • @ Washington
  • Philadelphia (season finale)
  • ONE single win among the other 5 contests

(@ New Orleans, @ NY Giants, Oakland, @ Chicago, or Green Bay)

There should be little doubt the Boys will topple at least one of the above 5 squads.  Oakland (Thanksgiving) and the Giants have a combined 5-11 record.

Pair that ONE victory with a triumph over the Redskins and Eagles, and keeping Dallas from the postseason is beyond far-fetched.


I certainly don’t want Dallas to finish at 8-8, nor do I predict it.  I’m leaning with 9-7 being the final record.  A strong 9-7 as a few breaks early on and they would have picked up a few more early season wins.

Even closing the regular season with a 3-4 losing record, Dallas can all but lock down the division crown by gathering 3 specific victories against highly beatable opponents.

The 8-8 achieved with these specific wins is the best possible 8 loss advantage they could gain when compared to the other division opponents.

It provides a sweep over the NFC East contenders (Eagles, Skins), and at worst a split with the lowly Giants.  The special combination would give Dallas a minimum 5-1 division record.  No other NFC East team has less than 2 division losses NOW.

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  • SmartThinking

    Statistically, you may be right, Brad. But here’s the thing: this team needs desperately to make a statement in this division. They need to sweep all three division games, and win at least two decisively. Nine games into this season and absolutely no one knows whether Jeckyll or Hyde will show up on the field for a Cowboys game. This team has absolutely no idea who it is. Sure, several players on both sides of the ball are stand-outs, or big mouths, or team players. There is no cohesive substance that binds this team together as a complete unit like many of the winning Dallas teams in the past. If Dallas is going to make it to the tournament in the first round and have any chance whatsoever of playing further, sweeping the division must be it’s central focus. Limping in after getting whipped by any of the other division teams is a disgrace and sets Dallas up for an overwhelming loss in the first round. Dallas needs to sweep the division. And, truth is, for any team with an identity and an idea of who they are, beating New York, Washington and Philadelphia, in the condition they’re in today, shouldn’t really be a big deal.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Update: Skins lost last night and are now 3-6. Basically, they have to win 6 out of 7 games to go. Not happening with 49ers and Chiefs on their schedule. Plus and this is a beautiful thing, the rest of the division is playing each other and bumping each off. Dallas HAS to take care of business within the division.
    Agree with SmartThinking. This team has to start playing well on both sides of the ball at the same time. Also, this team has to stop playing to the level of it’s competition. They did to beat the teams that they are supposed to beat and not in the final minute of the game. They also need to have a few statement wins to give them confidence for the playoffs.