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.
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.
8-8 AGAIN YOU SAY?
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.