Who Dallas plays is out of their control. They don’t care how well a team does or doesn’t match up. When you are the top seed in the NFC, you shouldn’t be worried about that.
As long as the Cowboys execute while minimizing mistakes, they can beat any team put in front of them along the way to winning the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl.
But as fans and writers, it is fun to play out potential scenarios and matchups. After some deliberation and factoring in all potential wild card weekend results, I think I have arrived at the perfect situation for the Dallas Cowboys.
I honestly believe that the Cowboys should be the outright favorite to represent the NFC regardless of who they face, but these results would probably make for the easiest route.
- Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans- Raiders win. The Raiders are far from a dangerous threat without their leader and emerging superstar quarterback Derek Carr who suffered a fractured fibula in Week 16. The Texans got into the playoffs due to playing in the worst division in the NFL and I don’t expect the Texans to make a deep run this year, but I don’t want to face the Texans in their home town for the Super Bowl.
- Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers- Dolphins win. The Dolphins got hot at the right time to earn the right to make the postseason as a wild card team, but I still don’t think they are an elite team. The Steelers on the other hand, definitely pose a threat to the Cowboys. I would almost rather see Pittsburgh win because they pose a bigger threat to the New England Patriots. But for strictly considering the easiest road for the Cowboys to win it all, I would gladly face Matt Moore instead of Ben Roethlisberger.