Cowboys’ playoff picture not looking good after back-to-back losses

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The Cowboys trail the Eagles by four games in the NFC East. Philadelphia is one of eight teams in the NFC with a better record than the Cowboys, and the Packers have the same 5-5 mark but hold the head-to-head tiebreak.

Dallas has lost two in a row, plays Thursday and knows it won’t have Sean Lee and Ezekiel Elliott and might play again without Tyron Smith and Dan Bailey.

Where do the Cowboys go from here?

“We missed all those guys,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “A lot of teams are missing guys and missing key guys. Our quarterback [Dak Prescott] is standing. He’s a key, and I know those other guys are our best players arguably, frankly, at those key, critical positions. We know what Lee is.

“It’s real hard for me to do anything but think about what we can do about this. That’s what I should be thinking about. We’re not going to get in here and in any way feel sorry for yourself, and I’m certainly not going to resign over this. I’m not going to be changing any coaches out or anything like that. I still drop down every night and put those elbows on the bed and thank God for Dak.”

Jones has maintained his sense of humor despite the Cowboys’ struggles, which has seen them score one touchdown in their 23 drives over the past two games. That has the Cowboys’ playoff picture out of focus with six games remaining.

“We can all add,” Jones said. “We can all see how we’re playing right now. Then, you can put the subjective aspect in there, plus the real world of arithmetic, and we can come up to our own conclusions. Really we can.”

The Cowboys have not made back-to-back playoff appearances since 2006-07.

35 responses to “Cowboys’ playoff picture not looking good after back-to-back losses

  1. So what about the other 5-5 teams or are we only talking about Dallas b/c it draws viewers/comments? Regardless, it doesn’t really matter if they make it or not, their coaching staff is awful and the defense stinks inc the D-line. Tank and Irving no sacks last night against that LT hawaiian dude. This all coming from cowboys fan…it’s friggin embarrassing. We don’t need a head cheerleader, we need a head coach. #firejasongarrett

  2. He fails to mention what a distraction he is to his team fight with the other owners about the commissioner’s pay and being lied to about Elliott….

  3. First of all the LT Hawaiian dude, Halapoulivaati Vaitai (or as we affectionally call him.. Big V) was actually born in Texas, and went to TCU. His parents are from Tonga, not Hawaii.

    Until the team gets a new GM and owner, it really doesn’t matter. After Jimmy Johnson left, the team went to pot (and don’t give me Barry Switzer… )

  4. you saw it here first – they finish the season with 6 straight wins and snag a wildcard berth

  5. I read earlier that Jerry wants complete accountability from the commish. Well, what real Cowboys are still left, want complete accountability from Jerry.

    Step down (or aside) Jerry. Hire a real GM, and a no BS coach.

    Until then, Dallas will continue to be one in done in the playoffs, followed by mediocrity in between.

    Sometimes it sucks following your favorite team :/

  6. cntblah says:
    November 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    you saw it here first – they finish the season with 6 straight wins and snag a wildcard berth

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    don’t worry about being first, nobody else is going to say it.

  7. 5-5, with remaining games against chargers,skins,giants,raiders,seahawks and philthy–I can see 5 wins in there to get them to 10-6. Not exactly a juggernaut schedule.

  8. If you really look at those key players the Cowboys have lost……Dan Bailey isn’t “that” much of an upgrade over Mike Nugent. It made no difference last night, as Nugent connected on all three of his field goal attempts. Alfred Morris acquitted himself very well last night against the Eagles. How much better would Ezekiel Elliott have done? That leaves Tyron Smith and Sean Lee. I’d say that missing those two made the biggest difference. It hurt the Cowboys on offense (Smith) and hurt them on defense (Lee). Based on the overall results of last night’s game, I think you’d have to conclude that the Eagles would have won anyway, even if the Cowboys had been at full strength. The only difference is that the final score might have been closer.

  9. Worst owner in sports. It’s all about him, all the time. And Zeke has lost the respect of any football fan not in Dallas.

  10. I’ve never seen a team and fanbase whine about injuries more then the Cowboys. Every team is banged up and missing key starters,depth and coaching pull you through.

  11. Cowboys are 5-5 now. Their next four opponents:

    Chargers (4-6)
    Redskins (4-6)
    Giants (2-8)
    Raiders (4-6)

    They come back to play the Seahawks, who have to weather their secondary being decimated. The final game of the season is against the Eagles who will likely be resting their players.

  12. This team is 100% on the owner. Face it Cowboy fans, this is your life until there is new ownership in place. He is the owner and the GM with a hand picked puppet coach in place. He macro and micro manages the team. The next coach is the next puppet.

  13. delgriffth says:
    November 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    I’ve never seen a team and fanbase whine about injuries more then the Cowboys. Every team is banged up and missing key starters,depth and coaching pull you through.
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    Name one other team that is missing 4 All-Pro players.

  14. It’s crazy that neither the Cowboys or the Packers may make the playoffs this year. As a fan of neither team though, it’s kind of refreshing.

  15. daysend564 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm
    delgriffth says:
    November 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    I’ve never seen a team and fanbase whine about injuries more then the Cowboys. Every team is banged up and missing key starters,depth and coaching pull you through.
    ———————-
    Name one other team that is missing 4 All-Pro players.

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    The Packers are missing Aaron Rodgers. For them, he’s more valuable than all 4 of your All-Pro players. He’s the most valuable player in the league, because without him, the Packers are the Browns.

  16. Everyone who is here to just badmouth the team and is not a fan of the Cowboys can just stuff it. We the fans know what’s wrong with the team, and anyone with sense is going to admit that they are stinking things up. Go take your noise somewhere else, because we have already heard it.

    And everyone on the Iggles bandwagon would do well to remember the last NFC East team to start 9-1 against opponents with such a poor overall record. God knows everyone was screaming that from the rooftops a year ago. Good luck in the playoffs.

  17. For everyone saying that the Cowboys remaining schedule is easy….3 of them are conference games, they are always a battle….the Seahawks are not an easy win even without half of their secondary….and the Chargers are playing very well and are much better than their record. As for the Boys themselves….they looked terrible for 2 straight games. It’s delusional to say that they can win out or go 5-1.

  18. sportoficionado says:
    November 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    5-5, with remaining games against Chargers,Skins,Giants,Raiders,Seahawks and Philthy–i can see 5 wins in there to get them to 10-6.
    __________________________________

    Time for new glasses

  19. Uhh….Jerruh, check the Eagles injuries. They were no less devastating. Starting middle linebacker who was ascending to probowl status, Darren Sproles(can you imagine him with the rest of this offense?), Hall of Fame to be left tackle Jason Peters, bleepin’ place kicker last night.

    Bottom line, stop the excuses. I’ve said it before. If losing Zeke and Lee meant your teams downfall then you never had enough depth anyway. And oh yeah, your rb’s actually did well last night and you still got crushed.

  20. “I still drop down every night and put those elbows on the bed and thank God for Dak.”

    I would imagine it’s a bit more subtle than a drop but then I also kind of figured Jerry did his praying to Jerry.

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