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NFL playoff image: Cowboys depart little margin for error in NFC East race vs. Eagles

The Cowboys (6-6) will stay in first place within the NFC East no matter their consequence in opposition to the Bears (6-6) on “Thursday Night time Soccer” to kick off Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.

That is as a result of they might nonetheless maintain the head-to-head tiebreaker over the equally maddeningly inconsistent Eagles (5-7), who host the Giants (2-10) on Monday to shut Week 14. With 4 video games left to play, the Cowboys, just like the Bears, are also two video games behind the Vikings (Eight-Four) for the NFC’s second wild-card spot, with the Rams (7-5) in between them.

The Cowboys have gone from a Three-Zero begin to Three-6 of their previous 9 video games, which has put coach Jason Garrett on the most popular of seats with their proprietor/common supervisor, Jerry Jones, rising more and more pissed off. Dallas seemingly has to at the least make the playoffs because the No. Four or No. 6 seed for Garrett to save lots of his job.

Let’s lay out what must occur within the ultimate month for the Cowboys to remain within the NFL playoff image, in some way, for the third time in 4 seasons.

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NFL playoff image for Cowboys vs. Eagles in NFC East race

The best means for the Cowboys to ensure their spot as division champs is to win out. After touring to the Bears, they host the Rams, play on the Eagles after which shut at house in opposition to the Redskins. In that state of affairs, Dallas is 10-6, similar to final season, and Philadelphia can be no higher than Eight-Eight.

The Cowboys remaining opponents have a mixed successful share of .438 (21-27), in order that’s definitely potential. Chicago in early December is rarely simple for a customer, however Dallas’ hardest recreation is in opposition to Los Angeles at house.

Say the Cowboys end Three-1 and beat the Eagles. Then they’re in once more, this time at 9-7 with the Eagles no higher than Eight-Eight. 

Say the Cowboys end Three-1 and lose to the Eagles. That makes it extra difficult. The Eagles, with their all-division slate, additionally play the 2-10 Giants twice and the Three-9 Redskins as soon as. There is a good wager then that each the Cowboys and Eagles will probably be 9-7.

The primary tiebreaker is division document. No good there, as a result of that might put each groups at 5-1, having misplaced to one another. The second tiebreaker is frequent video games. Outdoors of the division, these opponents are Packers, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Patriots, Payments, Jets and Dolphins. The Eagles went Four-Four in these video games. The Cowboys are 2-5 there earlier than enjoying the Bears, so in that case, the Eagles would win the division.

Say the Cowboys go 2-2, however one of many wins comes in opposition to the Eagles. They might be division champs at Eight-Eight at worst by advantage of the season sequence sweep.

Say the Cowboys go 2-2, however they do not beat the Eagles. They would wish the Eagles to go 1-2 in opposition to the Giants, Redskins and Giants to make it, which appears extremely unlikely.

So far as falling again on a wild card, the Cowboys would wish a minor miracle ought to they end Three-1 and lose to the Eagles. Beating the Rams in entrance of them does little good in that state of affairs, as a result of the Cowboys already misplaced to the Vikings. Meaning the Cowboys wouldn’t make it then at Three-1 like that until the Vikings lose out to the Lions, Chargers, Packers and Bears.

Nevertheless you slice it, until the Cowboys get assist from the Giants or Redskins in opposition to the Eagles, the best-case state of affairs for them is Week 16 shaping as much as be the de facto NFC East title recreation, their solely reliable path to the playoffs.

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