Dallas Cowboys: Week 4 NFC roundup that affects America’s Team

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The Dallas Cowboys 3-1 start places them near the top of the conference although their first goal is to win the NFC East. I will didn’t say this last week but winning the conference is a possibility. With the win over the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers, the Dallas Cowboys take command of the NFC East but now they own a tiebreaker over what should be a good season for Carolina.

It should help further down the line as the loss to Tampa Bay hurts the Cowboy’s chances of winning the NFC. The playoffs have expanded to having one more team so landing the one seed allows you to have the only NFC first-round bye in the playoffs.

Leading the conference are the Arizona Cardinals who soundly beat a Los Angeles Rams team that have high hopes for themselves. The Rams have to travel to Seattle this week for what should be a great Thursday Night Football matchup.

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Seattle escaped with a win over San Francisco but the best thing about all of those contenders is that they all reside in the NFC West and beating up on each other will only benefit the other divisions.

The 49ers could have a quarterback controversy that derails their season. Do not forget about Seattle even though they have a bad defense and an even worse offensive line but quarterback Russell Wilson is still making plays. Seattle’s running backs run hard and their wideouts still make a ton of plays.

The NFC East looks like it could be a runaway but the Washington Football Team made it at least interesting by pulling out a victory on what will surely be a controversial touchdown. Washington barely beating what many think is a bad Atlanta team is not how I imagine those fans envisioned the season starting off.

Before Washington fans bark about their quarterback situation, they should be reminded of how they acted after Dak Prescott went down last season. Nobody outside of Dallas talked about that when they won the division last year so don’t expect any pity from Cowboys fans this season.

The New York Giants kicking their way to victory over the Jameis Winston-led Saints might be looked at as a division opponent getting a win but them knocking down the Saints, might hurt the Cowboys’ division chances but increases their NFC seeding.

With Tom Brady and Tampa escaping with an emotional victory in his New England return, it might be time to start talking about how much Micah Parsons’ new role could be used to defeat Tampa in a rematch.

If you take a look at the NFC East and their upcoming opponents, it looks like the Dallas Cowboys will have the opportunity to beat up on some mediocre teams while the rest of the East have brutal schedules.

The Cowboys should be favored in every game until the Sunday before Thanksgiving where they face the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chief beat a bad Philly team but allowing them to score 30 makes me feel like the Cowboys could go into Kansas City and make some serious noise.

One division we haven’t talked about is the NFC North where the Gren Bay Packers could have a Cowboys-like division lead before no time. Yes, both teams have to take care of business but health willing, these two teams should have hefty leads over their division rivals by Halloween.

Just like the Wizard of Oz, the Detroit Lions showed no heart and lost to a Chicago Bears team that still has question marks. The Bears have a quarterback controversy while the Minnesota Vikings might be the first team to fire their head coach this season.

Arizona is the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFC so they have to be atop the conference. After that, Dallas, Tampa, Carolina, and the Packers are the three other division leaders that are tied with a 3-1 record.

Tampa beat Dallas but Dallas beating Carolina makes me feel like the Panthers will beat Tampa in their first meeting. The NFL is funny that way. Either way, Tampa has to face the Panthers twice this season. Carolina is beatable but it is not an easy task.

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Week five is going to be a big week for the NFC East. The Saints travel to Washington, the Eagles get to play Carolina, while the Giants travel to Dallas. If Dallas wins and the rest of the East loses, the Cowboys could have as many wins (4) through five games as the entire NFC East combined. That is your weekly NFC roundup and although it is still early, I believe the Dallas Cowboys will have a decent chance to earn the number one seed.