As the Dallas Cowboys enter the final stretch of the long NFL season, every game will be crucial in trying to help move this team back into the playoffs. This week the Cowboys could look for help from another NFC team that is also fighting to get into the playoffs, the Detroit Lions.
Now there is some animosity from Cowboys fans towards the Lions, especially coming off the one-point loss to Detroit earlier in the year. But, make no mistake, there is added benefit to become a Lions fan this week. Don’t believe me? Let me explain how the Lions and the Cowboys can be the best of friends this week.
As of now, the Lions have a one game lead in the division over the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. This week they play the Philadelphia Eagles and win and a Bears loss would give them a two-game lead which could pretty much seal the NFC North for the Lions. On the flip side, the Cowboys and Eagles are tied a top of the NFC East and have four games each left, with the final one being against each other. The Cowboys play the Bears on Monday night and as I said earlier the Eagles host the Lions on Sunday. If the Cowboys can get a one-game lead heading into the final game of the season and can beat the Washington Redskins, it won’t matter if they lose to the Eagles in week 17 because they would have won the division due to tiebreakers. If the Eagles and Cowboys end in a tie, they would instantly go to division records and a potential Washington victory would ensure the Cowboys win that scenario. Staying a game ahead of the Eagles is very crucial for the chances at winning the division
So it is pretty simple really, Lions help out the Cowboys by beating the Eagles and the Cowboys help out the Lions by beating the Bears. With so much on the line for both teams, I see this as one of the rare opportunities that two teams really can help each other out.
So Cowboys fans help cheer on the Lions to victory this Sunday, the Lions fans will return the favor the Monday night.