I’m usually not one for making predictions, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. However, I thought about it and decided, I can’t be any worse than New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, so here we go.
By the end of week 14 the NFC standings will be pretty tight. However, one of the NFC East teams will already have the division banner ordered and ready to be mounted. Here is how I honestly think it will play out.
Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles just haven’t taken a step backward. They are going to be a pretty good team this year and probably win the NFC East. Does this mean I don’t think Dallas can’t do it? Absolutely not, I am always optimistic about my Cowboys, I’m just being realistic. By this time in the season, the Eagles will be perched high in the NFC standings, probably looking at a first round bye. I’m going to say the Eagles will have a record of 10-3 by week 14. However, they will be facing the Cowboys in week 15, which will be a pivotal game for the Cowboys in the wild card race, as the Cowboys will have a record of 8-5. I’ll go ahead and predict a headline, “Cowboys Facing another 8-8 Season”.
To be honest, I’m not even that concerned about the New York Giants or the Washington Redskins. By week 14, it’s a good possibility that one of these teams may even be mathematically eliminated. Since I’m playing predictor, I’ll say the Washington Redskins will be eliminated with a record of 3-10.
The Cowboys will sweep the Redskins (or whatever name they may be by that time) and split with the Giants and Eagles. The Cowboys will have already suffered their loss to the Eagles, and will take them on in December and defy the oh so stupid “December slump” stigma, that only exists in the minds of Cowboy haters. The Cowboys will go on to defeat the Indianapolis Colts in a nail biter, and then romp the Redskins to punch their ticket to the playoffs.
Rest assured, the Giants may rally and win a few games and get the talk stirring of a “possible playoff run.” They will beat the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and then the Tennessee Titans. After that, we will see them take a disappointing loss to the Redskins, barely beat the St. Louis Rams, and then lose to a mostly second string Eagles team. The Giants will finish 7-9. However, if the Giants do in fact beat the Redskins, and the Eagles, the Cowboys will have needed to win their early season NFC to make sure their NFC record will be better than the Giants. This will not be a cake walk as the Cowboys will play the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and the Chicago Bears. All of which are teams Dallas has struggled against in the past.
When we add everything together, and plug in my prediction to the equation, the Cowboys will finish 10-6 and slide into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. I’ll leave one thing unpredicted and up to you, the reader. Will all of this be done with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo? I guess we will find out.