NFC East Race: Eagles' Road No Cakewalk

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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.

In New Orleans the defense was missing 1/2 the secondary, Jason Hatcher plus a beat up Ware, and a Lee-sized hole in the middle.  What was realistically expected?

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.

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