Cowboys playoff probabilities: How Dallas can still win NFC East, clinch NFL playoff spot,
The Cowboys (5-9) would have been eradicated from NFL playoff competition in 2020 had they misplaced to the 49ers at residence final Sunday. However as an alternative, their Week 15 win gave them a brand new lease on life in a disappointing, injury-riddled season.
The NFC East title is still inside attain after Washington (6-8) misplaced to the Seahawks on the similar time within the early afternoon in Week 15. The Eagles (4-9-1) misplaced to the Cardinals within the late afternoon. The Giants (5-9) misplaced as residence underdogs to the Browns on Monday night time. That mixture of occasions elevated the Cowboys into second place going into Week 16.
The Cowboys received swept by Washington, however they end with probabilities to break up the season sequence vs. the Eagles (Week 16 in Arlington) and sweep the Giants (Week 17 at New York).
A 7-9 Cowboys workforce may someway take the East in 2020 after ending second at 8-8 final season. Here is what must occur for Dallas to avoid wasting its season with Mike McCarthy and with out Dak Prescott:
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1. Cowboys win out to get to 7-9
The Cowboys can not win the division at 6-10 as a result of they lose the head-to-head tiebreark to Washington and within the occasion of a three-way tie with the Giants, the Cowboys would have a lesser divison report than each groups. In order 1-1 won’t lower it, there stays zero margin for error.
The Eagles stand a half-game behind the Cowboys going into their Week 16 recreation (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox). The losers could be eradicated from division competition.
Ought to the Cowboys survive that recreation, they should beat the Giants for a second time. That might cap out the Giants at 6-10, no matter their Ravens end in Week 16.
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2. Washington loses twice
The Cowboys could be doing Washington’s soiled work by beating the Eagles and Giants within the remaining two video games. Dallas then wants assist from Philadelphia within the type of the Eagles beating Washington in Week 17. The one recreation exterior the division that Cowboys followers ought to watch most is Ron Rivera’s residence “revenge recreation” vs. Carolina on Sunday (moved to 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
As a result of they misplaced twice to Washington this season, the Cowboys should end a recreation forward to steal the division. WFT is favored in opposition to the Panthers, however that matchup is now extra of toss-up due to accidents to Washington’s offense, particularly to quarterback Alex Smith.
The Cowboys must deal with their very own enterprise, and hope Washington free-falls. Whereas Cowboys play the Eagles in Week 16, in addition they want the scoreboard to go their manner in Washington.