Cowboys Will Host Playoffs With These 3 Wins

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October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys gang tackle Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) on a kick off return during the second half action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports


A win in the finale over the Philadelphia Eagles would give the Cowboys a series sweep and the head-to-head tie-breaker.

In order to topple the 8-8 Cowboys, the Eagles would need a 9-7 or better record.

Sitting at 4-5 now, another loss to Dallas would give them no less than 6 total losses.  In this simulation, that moves them to 4-6 at the moment.

To achieve the required 9-7 mark, the Eagles must gather a minimum of 5 wins over their remaining 6 games (non-Cowboys).

Road:  Green Bay (minus Rodgers) ,  Minnesota

Home:  Washington,  Arizona,  Detroit, Chicago

Sure it is possible to lose only 1 of those 6 games, yet highly unlikely.  For a team already with 5 losses in 9 contests, do we really see them taking 3 of 4 from the potent NFC North.

The top 3 teams in the NFC North have a combined 15-9 record.  The division overall is 2nd in the NFC in combined record (16-16).

If Dallas beats Philly in the finale to reach 8-8, it’s a giant longshot these Eagles win 5 of 6 of their other remaining games to acquire a 9-7 record.

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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.