Well, well, well, the Dallas Cowboys can clinch not only a playoff berth but also potentially the NFC East altogether in Week 15. I’m not sure many of us thought the Cowboys would have a chance to punch their playoff ticket this early, but I sense no complaints.
There are three scenarios that can occur this weekend to lock the Cowboys into the postseason. I’ll give a quick look into each matchup, the likeliness of it, and a rooting guide for us over the weekend. First and foremost, this all requires a Cowboys win against the Giants on Sunday.
If the Cowboys take care of business, as many expect they should, the odds of locking up a playoff spot, if not the division, are pretty high. Let’s take a look at what needs to happen for the Cowboys to reserve their seat at the postseason table.
How the Dallas Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth or the NFC East this weekend
As I said, nothing can occur if the Cowboys don’t get the win against the Giants. If that happens, we can turn to scoreboard watching.
The only way to wrap up the NFC East is with a win in New Jersey and Washington losing to or tying with the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s neither impossible nor unlikely. The two opportunities to guarantee a playoff berth require a Dallas win and then a loss by either the San Francisco 49ers to the Atlanta Falcons or the New Orleans Saints losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I have a few quick thoughts on each game and how likely I think it is to happen. Plus, a bit of a “rooting guide” that I hope we get to use on Sunday after a Cowboys win.