TWO GAME ADVANTAGE NEEDED
The Cowboys won’t have an easy path to enter the final game a mere win away from claiming the division from the Eagles. However, even going in 2-3 over the next 5 games will likely get it done to insure that last stand position.
That means Dallas would only need a minimum 2 wins in 5 games (@ Giants, Oakland, @ Chicago, Green Bay, @ Washington). With the defense coming back minus Lee for a bit, there’s no doubt Dallas picks up at least 2.
Back-ups B.W. Webb and Jeff Heath were completely abused by the Saints’ daunting receivers.
In 2 weeks these fill-ins will be riding the pine again. Step back off the ledge.
The only way Philadelphia could prevent a 7-8 Cowboys team to face them with no chance of winning the East is if the Eagles came in 9-6. Thus a Cowboys’ final win would make them 8-8, and an Eagles’ loss would keep them above at 9-7.
Three words, not gonna happen. In order for Philly to accomplish this they’d have to go 4-1 over their next 5, assuming Dallas only gathered 2 wins over that same period.
As a matter fact for either team to walk into that game with the title locked up, they’d have to be a full 2 games up on the other. There’s a good reason these teams are both 5-5, neither is consistent enough to win 4 of 5.