The Cowboys (6-7) will remain in first place in the NFC East coming in Week 14 of the NFL, despite their third straight loss, 31-24 to the Bears (7-6) on Thursday night.
That’s because with three games played in the 2019 NFL season they would still hold the heads-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles (5-7), hosting the Giants (2-10) on Monday night. .
The Cowboys have gone from 3-0 to 3-7 in their last 10 games, putting coach Jason Garrett in the hottest positions with their owner / general manager Jerry Jones increasingly frustrated. Dallas has to make the playoffs at least 4 or 6 for Garrett to save his job.
Let’s see what happens in the last three weeks for the Cowboys to remain in the NFL playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
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The easiest way for the Cowboys to guarantee their place as division champs is to win. Before playing for the Eagles in Week 16, they host the Rams in Week 15. They close at home week 17 against the Redskins. In this scenario, Dallas would be 9-7 and Philadelphia would not be better than 8-8.
The Cowboys’ remaining opponents have a combined .416 (15-21) win percentage, so it’s definitely possible. Dallas’ toughest game is against Los Angeles at home.
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Say the Cowboys go 2-1, but one of the wins comes against the Eagles. It would split the Champs at 8-8 due to the season sweep series.
Say the Cowboys go 2-1 to get to 8-8, but they don’t beat the Eagles. The Eagles could easily go 3-0 in their three other games against the Giants (twice) and the Redskins and then are 9-7 against the Champs. But if either the Giants or the Redskins beat the Eagles to make it 8-8, the Cowboys will win the division with a top division record of 5-1 over 4-2.
Regarding returning to a wild card, this would require a little miracle. If the Cowboys go 3-0, then they would be division champions, so it would not be a factor. If the Cowboys get 2-1, beating the 7-5 Rams but losing to the Eagles, it would be 8-8.
Because the Cowboys lost to the Vikings, the Vikings lost and fell to 8-8 would not be enough. They will also need the Rams to go 1-3 to finish 8-8 to create a three-dimensional tie. In this scenario, the Cowboys would go over the Vikings and the Rams having the best conference record, 7-5 against 6-6.
However, you can throw it away unless the Cowboys get a lot of help staying above the Eagles, Vikings and Rams, winning Week 16 de facto NFC East title game is their most realistic course to return to the playoffs. -of.