As expected, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day last week. What was a bit unexpected was that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, ending their four-game winning streak. With just three weeks until these two NFC East rivals meet in Week 17, it appears more and more likely that the matchup will once again be a playoff-determining game for Dallas…and that’s not good.
For Cowboys fans, this is old news. Dallas has lost it’s last two playoff-determining final season games, resulting in fan heartbreak and double the postseason blues.
The Cowboys have the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins ahead. While the Eagles will face the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Bears next.
On Dallas’ side of the schedule, it’s all about quarterback play. Literally down to which quarterback plays. As for Chicago, I might rather face a rusty Jay Cutler over a hot Josh McCown. The Green Bay game is all about whether Aaron Rodgers will be healthy enough to return from a collarbone injury by then. And we all know the hot mess that is Washington and RGIII.
On Philly’s side of the schedule, it all about their winning streak. The Eagles have won their last four games as they have ridden second-year quarterback Nick Foles to consecutive home victories. They’ll face the Lions in Philly this weekend before heading out to Minnesota. And Foles is not the same player we saw earlier in the year. This Foles has 19 touchdowns and zero, yes zero interceptions. This kid is on fire.
One things for sure: if it does come down to the final game of the year again, we’ll get a real chance to see if this Dallas team has matured enough to finally pull out a victory when the heat is on.