Week 11 in the National Football League has the Dallas Cowboys on a bye. Some might argue that Dallas got an early start on their mini in-season vacation by not showing up for their last game against New Orleans but that’s beside the point. With no game scheduled this week and only Philadelphia left to have a bye, I thought now would be the perfect time to handicap Dallas’ odds along with the rest of the division to make the playoffs. Clearly with how poorly all four teams have played, the only hope for any of them is to win the division, host a playoff game and hope to catch fire.
Three weeks ago, Dallas had just completed a sweep of the first time through the division and was a minute away from being 5-3. Philadelphia had just lost to the Giants who collected their first win on the season and the Redskins had a date with Broncos in Denver. Everything looked to be setup perfectly for the Cowboys to run away with the division. Instead, Dallas botched the final minute in Detroit, struggled to put away a bad Minnesota team at home and got destroyed in New Orleans. Philadelphia bounced back and won two straight. The Giants have won three straight and Washington had the exact opposite experience versus San Diego that Dallas did against Detroit to manage a win they should not have. Now two games separate first from last and everyone has hope.
Here is a look at how everything shapes up for all four teams and how I see the division playing out. Teams are listed in order of their current standing.