Cowboys’ Odds to Win The NFC East

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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.

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Topics: Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, J.J. Wilcox, Jason Garrett, Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee

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  • Jd

    If finishing whatever & making playoffs means Garrett keeps his job, or worse, Callahan and Kiffin survive, sorry, no way. This team needs new leaders. And with omitting the obvious one, Jerry, all three have to go. I understand that Kiffin could get a pass because of the amount of injuries we have had, but there is no excuse for Garrett and Callahan. This will probably be the 3rd straight 8-8 season under Garrett, which obviously shows no sign of improvement. And with Callahan, he’s just an awful play caller. And something that just bothers me even more… We just finished playing our 10th game of the season. And every week, especially since the Denver game, our offense has been absolutely abysmal. And I can’t understand why our HC, and if he did it’s even worse, hasn’t gone to Callahan and expressed his displeasure with our offense? We still have no balance between running the ball and passing. Throwing the football 51 times against Minnesota & only running it 9 times, and their run defense is horrible, is absolutely inexcusable. And Callahan still can’t find ways to get the ball to dez. Now some wanna say he should try harder and run better routs, really? The guys double and was even triple teamed against the Saints. And seriously, how about utilizing our backs in the passing game, maybe a screen? And we absolutely need to throw the ball to Beasley more, he’s always wide open. And it’s clear that Callahan doesn’t have faith in Romo. I can’t remember the last time Romo threw a DEEP ball. And honestly, that I probably can’t blame him for. Romo has definitely regressed this year, despite his numbers. He’s not as elusive, misses wide open receivers a lot, over throws guys who are completely open & just looks like a guy not wanting to make a mistake rather than someone who wants to make the play.
    My odds, Eagles win the division. They have the easiest schedule, imo. 8-8 will probably win this crappy division. And between Arizona, a sporadic Detroit team, Minnesota and Dallas, they’ll easily get 2, if not 3 wins. Washington is done, no need discussing them. The Giants, interesting for them. While they have won 4 straight, they’ve beaten 3 teams with 3rd string qb’s & 1 team with a guy who shouldn’t have played. But going forward, I think they’ll beat Dallas, split with Washington and beat San Diego. I just don’t see them beating Seattle & Detroit. Asffor Dallas, they’ll lose to the Giants, beat Oakland, lose to Greenbay and Chicago, beat the skins & lose to Philadelphia.
    This team doesn’t play well and win big games and the Giants game is a must win game. And Romo is due for one of his patented 3 or 4 pick games. And what better team to do it against, but the Giants.
    Now, if this team were healthier, I’d be saying something completely different. But missing Lee hurts, not knowing if Miles can stay healthy for a full game & be effective, not knowing if ware & Hatcher and Claiborne are completely healthy, and pretty much knowing Callahan will not have a balanced attack and try to get into a shootout, all leads to a loss.

  • californy

    I believe the Cowboys odds must be better than a 3-3 down the stretch record to be safe.

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