December is the time of year when we start looking ahead in earnest to which teams are going to make the playoffs and what needs to happen in order for them to make the playoffs.
The NFL announces the possible playoff clinching scenarios on a weekly basis and the first one was released on Tuesday. It’s a brief release as there’s just one team in position to punch a ticket to the playoffs this weekend.
To no surprise, it is the team with the best record in the league. The 10-1 Cowboys could end Week 14 with a playoff spot in their grasp and there are two ways to make that happen with both requiring the Cowboys to beat the Vikings in Minnesota on Thursday night.
Assuming the Cowboys win, they’ll advance to the playoffs with a Redskins loss or a Buccaneers loss or tie. That will book them at least a Wild Card spot, but the division will remain up for grabs for at least a while longer regardless of how things go down this weekend.