If we’re considering the odds in favor of Dallas playing into January, then a win for Philadelphia on Sunday night is the best route. At 10-1, chances are pretty high that the Eagles win the division. There’s simply too much cushion for this team that will lose another game, if not more.
But if the Eagles can find a way to beat the desperate Seahawks on the road, it drops Seattle to 7-5, which is just a single game ahead of the Cowboys as we head towards Week 13. Best of all for Cowboys fans is the fact that Seattle’s remaining schedule isn’t exactly a cakewalk.
Next week, those ‘Hawks head to Florida to take on a hungry Jacksonville Jaguars team that’s – wait for it – 7-4 and currently tied for first place in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans. No matter what happens to the Jaguars on Sunday against the 3-8 Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville will need another win against the Seahawks.
No, these aren’t your older brother’s Jaguars, I guess.
After facing the Eagles and Jaguars, Seattle then plays host to the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams on Week 15. These young upstarts, led by second-year quarterback Jared Goff, currently lead the Seahawks by a single game and it’s this game that Seattle must win.
But then comes Week 16, which sends the Seahawks to Jerry World to face the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve. Provided that the Cowboys take care of business up until this point, it’s beyond worth noting that star running back Ezekiel Elliott will be returning from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s season and job threatening six-game suspension.
As you can see, the Cowboys have some control of their own destiny if they can just stay in the win column, which is certainly easier said than done.
But do you think that the Cowboys can take care of business against the 2-9 New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Week 14? How about the 5-6 Oakland Raiders on Week 15?
If so, that would set the stage for a two-game stretch with Elliott in the lineup against the Seahawks and then the Eagles.
What if the Seahawks were to win Sunday night, which would drop the Eagles to 10-2 with four games to play?