PLAYOFFS AT STAKE
We all know the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are neck and neck on the backstretch heading into their supposed title fight in the final week.
However, with Philly leading by a game, Dallas cannot afford to lose to Washington and have the Eagles defeat Detroit. It would simply eliminate them from the playoffs before Sunday ever ends.
Even worse is Dallas plays the early game. If they lose to Washington, the Eagles will know by kickoff their game with the Bears holds the NFC East title in the balance.
Chicago is in a dead heat with the Lions. They are a game up on Detroit, yet Detroit has a soft remaining schedule (Minnesota, Green Bay) and also owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bears by virtue of defeating them twice.
Suffice to say, Chicago cannot afford to fall back into a tie with Detroit as they would lose out in the end. Same with the Packers, the Lions own the tiebreaker over them.
There’s no doubt the Bears will bring everything they have into Philadelphia and attack the Eagles’ suspect defense. But nothing in this league is a given. The Cowboys have to 100% assume that Philadelphia will leave victorious.
Which in layman’s terms means Dallas has to view Washington as a MUST-WIN scenario. With Kirk Cousins on fire taking the snaps and Dallas’ pass defense beyond impotent, this game is far from a gimme.
If the Dallas Cowboys want to lay any real claim on a division title, and prove they are worthy of postseason play, this game needs to display that with no confusion.