At 6-7, Cowboys remain atop the NFC East

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The bad news for the Cowboys is that Thursday night’s loss to the Bears drops them to 6-7. The good news is they’re in the NFC East.

Dallas remains in first place, half a game ahead of 5-7 Philadelphia. At 3-9, Washington is, amazingly, still in contention to win the division.

The Cowboys play the Rams next week, the Eagles in Week 16 and Washington in Week 17. Beat the Eagles and the Cowboys are likely to win the division, even if they lose the other two games and finish the season 7-9.

That’s because, if the Cowboys win that Week 16 matchup, the only way they don’t win the division is if they lose their other two games and the Eagles win all three of their other games.

We could see a 7-9 NFC East champion hosting a 13-3 wild card team (whoever doesn’t win the NFC West between the Seahawks and 49ers) in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys are the favorites to be that 7-9 NFC East champion.

77 responses to “At 6-7, Cowboys remain atop the NFC East

  1. That’s pathetic. They need to redo the playoff seeding. The top winning percentage teams need to be in the playoffs, period. Weak divisions, and losing records shouldn’t be in the playoffs. Typical of the NFL.

  2. And this is precisely why the NFL should change its playoff structure. The teams with the best records in each conference should host the playoff games. Winning your division is important, but how can anyone say that a 7-9 team is better than a 13-3 team just because the 7-9 team happens to win a very weak division? That’s just silly. Let the teams with the best records host the playoff games. They’ve earned the right to do that.

  3. What a joke! No team with a losing record should be in the NFL playoffs, period! The league badly needs a realigned seeding system to avoid the playoff scenario described above. Otherwise, why not allow all 32 teams in the playoffs? Think of the money.

  4. As an Eagles fan I am embarrassed that the division has sunk so low. The Eagles have been losing in different ways than the cowboys. The Cowboys are just getting dominated in all phases. The Eagles are making mental errors which cost them games which is in some ways worse.

    If the Eagles had not made Fitzpatrick look like Patrick Mahomes, they would be in position to possibly not need to beat the Cowboys head to head to win the division. That wasn’t a talent issue, it was a coaching issue, which hurts even more. As it is any loss in the last 4 games by the Eagles puts the Cowboys in the drivers seat.

    Whether they can take advantage, is another question.

  5. Yeah poss 7-9. But when I said after their loss to Pats we could still see the Boys take the div 6-10 half of you thumbed me down, presumably because you were still in denial at how bad they and Iggles were and didn’t realise that, despite all the divisional matchups to end the schedule, a 6-10 div title is still possible. If Iggs beat Boys and both lose their other games, Boys have the in-conf tiebreaker. If Boys-Iggs tie and Skins win-out, Skins take it all at 7-9. That’s unlikely as Skins gotta go to GB – and is why I said Boys at 6-10 might take the div!

  6. The Redskins being in contention for the NFC East gives me a smidgen more interest in the Green Bay game Sunday. However, The Skins winning the NFC East would be a minor miracle. I truly believe the Redskins have a chance to contend next year if Haskins can improve. We have a lot of young talented players, just not sold on QB yet.

  7. It’s not easy being a Dallas fan. Same thing year after year. We have all the pieces and then we just plain old suck at playing football. So now let’s get rid of Garret, because that will fix everything and we will go to the big show next year….. I say they go after Riverboat Ron. Tired of sucking.

  8. “The Cowboys are the favorites to be that 7-9 NFC East champion.”

    —Yeah, I don’t know about that statement. Obviously the birds are my team, but I would say as objectively as possible that we have a slightly better chance than Dallas does. Despite the debacle in Miami, we have better coaching and I think are more motivated. I still think Wentz is more talented than Dak. And we play the Giants at home on Monday night, at Washington, Dallas at home and then the Giants at their soon-to-be-empty stadium. I’m not at all sold we’re going to do it, but Dallas may not have a coach by tomorrow morning, either.

  9. Dallas will upset someone in the first round because of homefield then get curb stomped in the divisional round. I hate when a team goes deeper into the playoffs than they deserve. It just creates a boring game when the games matter the most

  10. I don’t get why reseeding playoff teams is a necessity in the NFL. If the Cowboys win the NFC East at 8-8 or 7-9, they’d be the first team to do so since the 2010 Seahawks, right? That’s two examples over the course of a full decade. That’s not significant enough of a problem to warrant taking action.

    If this happened every season, that’s a very different subject.

  11. Stop saying they need to reseed for playoffs unless all season schedules are 100% the same there’s a reason the records are what they are. The best team doesn’t always have the best record.

  12. The Cowboys are the best in a weak division but that doesn’t mean much. Actually, they are not as good as Jerry and the Press would have you believe. Dak is very inconsistent, Witten and Lee have regressed greatly, the O-line is average and the defense is getting taken advantage of on the ground and in the air. Not sure a new coach can do anything with this group that Jerry has assembled. Actually, the Cowboys have been average ever since Jimmy Johnson left.

  13. Cowboys lose to Rams, Eagles, beat Skins
    Eagles beat Giants, Cowboys, lose to Skins, Giants
    Both will be 7-9
    Let the tie-breakers begin.

  14. For everyone complaining about a team with a losing record hosting a playoff game, who cares? If the other team is so much better going on the road shouldn’t be an issue.

  15. contaminatedthrillz says:
    December 6, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Dallas=over rated!!!!
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    Not really…they suck, and that is the rating most of us give them.

  16. Really? Hello Dak, Hello Carson.. For about the bazillionth time. Neither one of you really needs to look any further then yourselves for why your offenses are struggling. Both of you despite how highly you think of yourselves are not top tier qb’s both of you are average qb s out of the top ten and maybe out of the top 15. Carson’s Only rode Foles’s train. Both qb’s are garbage.

  17. If Washington is able to beat the weak Packers, the Eagles, and the Giants
    If the Giants are able to beat Philly twice with their spark from Eli’s farewell tour
    If the Eagles and Rams are able to beat the ‘Girls
    The ‘Skins will control their own destiny come week 17
    This really isn’t that far fetched.

  18. This happens every once in a while. A team that wins its weak division hosts a playoff game against a team with a superior record. Each time it does, there’s a whole lotta outrage and bluster and then they play football and life goes on. Winning your division matters. Division rivalries matter. Teams and divisions rise and fall. The system works.

  19. I don’t get why reseeding playoff teams is a necessity in the NFL. If the Cowboys win the NFC East at 8-8 or 7-9, they’d be the first team to do so since the 2010 Seahawks, right? That’s two examples over the course of a full decade. That’s not significant enough of a problem to warrant taking action.

    If this happened every season, that’s a very different subject.

    The 2014 Panthers were 7-8-1 and won their division. While that is only 3 times over the last decade, those three times are the only times in NFL history (barring strike years) that losing teams have won their division, which is why it is being talked about so much.

  20. this is the problem with the current NFL playoff system. Crappy teams get to go in because the rest of their division is crappier than they are. The best 6 teams from each side should go in, period!

  21. seahawks80 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 6:12 am
    The Cowboys: The only team that can make Mitch Trubisky look like Lamar Jackson…lol

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    I laughed at this but sadly as a Packer fan, don’t be surprised if Mitch runs all over that Packer D too. Bears aren’t going to win but that D will give up a career high rushing for Mitch.

  22. For those of you who are saying the #5 seed will have a cakewalk into the divisional round:

    The 2010 Saints and 2011 Steelers thought the same thing….how’d that work out for them

    The 2014 Cardinals come with an asterisk, because they had no viable option at QB.

  23. If Bisky can stick it to the Cowboys, anybody can. Great at home feel good win for the Bear fans, and no doubt, the narrative changes back to Bisky is great, Bisky is the best, Bisky is the future, but it will change by week 15. Again.

  24. Before the loss to Chicago, I didn’t see how Dallas could lose the division.

    Now I can’t see how they could win.

    Both teams play Washington. But the Eagles play the Giants TWICE. The Cowboys have exhausted those life lines.

    The Eagles will go at least 2-2 to claim 7-9. The Cowboys will probably go 2-2 assuming they can put the same hurt on Philly they did a few weeks ago.

    It will all come down to whether Dallas beats a mildly improved Washington team.

  25. I agree winning your division should qualify you for the playoffs. Otherwise, why have divisions? I do not believe division winners should gain home field advantage over a team with a better record.

    The again, what do I know?

  26. Aikman kind of hinted at it last night – Jarwin could be a decent TE and another weapon for Prescott down the field, but he doesn’t get many snaps because they brought back the glacial Witten. Just one small example of why their season is a dumpster fire.

  27. the17thearlofoxford says:
    December 6, 2019 at 8:16 am
    No team wants to go to Philadelphia in January.
    Especially not the Vikings.
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    Maybe, maybe not. Not the point – any of you disgusting, filthy teams in the NFC EAST have no business hosting a playoff game. I hope the 49ers go in there and wins 96-0

  28. Winning (or finishing 1st) should bring some reward. It would be like baseball was when it had 2 divisions…by memorial day, 1/4 of teams were eliminated; by 4th of July 1/2 teams were eliminated and nothing to play for. It’s not like this happens all the time. Sort of like the missed PI call…the overreaction has created more chaos than the missed call.

  29. Troy Aikman and Tony Romo need to be banned from working Cowboys’ games. Last night, Aikman was almost crying watching his Cowboys stink up the joint. I have never seen two broadcasters so biased for their former team as they are! It’s beyond ridiculous!!

  30. the17thearlofoxford says:
    December 6, 2019 at 8:16 am
    No team wants to go to Philadelphia in January.
    Especially not the Vikings.

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    Seeing that if the Eagles make the playoffs(means they beat on their own weak division to end the season), they would have to face either the 49ers, Seahawks, or a slim chance the Saints. I’m certain neither team is concerned with playing in Philadelphia against this current Eagles team. A Eagles team that 4 of their 7 losses came against teams with losing records, is 3-3 at home, and averaged 9.5 points in their last 2 home games(both losses).

  31. My playoff proposal / schedule:

    Divisions are gone. Only 2 conferences matter. All NFC teams play 15 games vs all other NFC teams. The final game is vs an AFC team that finished in the same place the NFC team did the previous year. i.e #1 vs #1, #15 vs #15, etc. (same structure in AFC obviously)

    From there, all teams are seeded within conference, top 6 make playoffs. top 2 with byes, 3vs6, 4vs5, etc. All conference teams would have had essentially the “same” (very similar) schedule and all would have a potential head to head tie breaker to fall back on since you play everyone in the conference. When three of more are tied for a seed, then conf record tie breaker, point differential, etc.

    Yes, there would be very few times the NFC plays AFC teams, but it could make the SuperBowl that much more special.

  32. This is all crazy talk, the cowboys have one of the best WR in all of football and one of the best RB in all of football. And they can’t score until garbage time in the 4th. Hopefully we all agree on that.

    From afar it appears the Eagles have had so many injuries and older players get in the way of winning.

    When you look at these two teams, the cowboys have clearly given up on their coach, and to a degree the ownership. Amari Cooper ran routes last night that I could’ve covered. No interest! Look at Zeke’s stats, well over 400 yards in garbage time in the games they won early on. Dak has close to 800 yards of garbage time passing yards. The eagles on the other hand have a quality head coach and veterans that know how to get it done. They aren’t going out on a sour note.

    Goodnight Cowboys, they MIGHT win one more game.

    I also believe the Eagles will beat whichever team has to play them in their one home playoff game.

  33. Jerrah Jones really has to hire Mike McCarthy as his new coach.MM has the best record of all the prospective coaches available and will get the best out of his players and they wont quit on him like they have Garret.Americas team? me think not.

  34. The Eagles were picked by some to get to the Super Bowl this season, so when I look at this division, that’s the biggest mystery. How did they go from world champs to below .500 so fast? Why isn’t anyone asking any questions about the Eagles??? Are they off limits, for some reason? Why are they getting a free pass? Hmmm.

  35. charliecharger says:
    December 6, 2019 at 11:33 am
    The Eagles were picked by some to get to the Super Bowl this season, so when I look at this division, that’s the biggest mystery. How did they go from world champs to below .500 so fast? Why isn’t anyone asking any questions about the Eagles??? Are they off limits, for some reason? Why are they getting a free pass? Hmmm.

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    The banked their future on Carson Wentz

  36. They are going to get drilled in the playoffs. That should be fun to watch. After the game Jerruh will give Dak a contract averaging $30M per year and brag about how great it was to lock up their mediocre QB to a franchise-QB contract. I don’t think Dak is terrible but he’s certainly not elite no matter how hard the Cowboys try to prove he is.

  37. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 6, 2019 at 8:34 am

    “At 3-9, Washington is, amazingly, still in contention to win the division.”

    Imagine that happening. Have we ever seen an entire division fire their head coaches in the same season?
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    They should do it round robin style and just all swap coaches lmao.

  38. How about a rule that if you don’t have a winning record you can’t be in the playoffs and the spot goes to the next best record in the conference.

    It’s not likely, but possible, for the NFC East to finish is a 3 way tie at 6-10 with an 11-5 team missing the playoffs, and 3 other teams with better records also missing the playoffs.

  39. nyneal says:
    December 6, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Troy Aikman and Tony Romo need to be banned from working Cowboys’ games. Last night, Aikman was almost crying watching his Cowboys stink up the joint. I have never seen two broadcasters so biased for their former team as they are! It’s beyond ridiculous!!

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    Actually, Aikman seemed annoyed that his team sucked. Technically that is biased. But he wasn’t lavishing praise on them. That’s when it gets annoying. Excessive praise. I’ll take a fanboy telling me what’s wrong with his team, especially when said fanboy is in the HOF and is in good standing with his former team (in other words he’s not bashing for personal reasons).

  40. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are the two best in the business. They should do all the Superbowls regardless of networks. This is a golden opportunity for the Eagles to salvage the season. I believe the Eagles will sweep the rest of the season and win the division at 9 and 7. Fly Eagles Fly!

    GO STEELERS!

  41. THIS IS HOW YOU RESTRUCTURE THE NFL.

    You would never recommend the league restructure so there are 16 divisions each with 2 teams. Because at that point you could settle it with one game rather than 16.

    So then ask yourself if a 4 team division is really all that different? I would recommend a consolidation. 4 divisions each with 8 members.

    Under this system, you have 4 division winners and then we go one of two ways: also extend the automatic bidding to each division’s runner up, which may produce some situations where an 11-5 team from one division does not make the postseason but a 10-6 team from another one does. But at least you’re unlikely with 8 teams per division to have a situation where an 8-8 team qualifies while a 10-6 does not.

    Or … you can reserve the automatic bidding for division winners and qualify the next four best teams by record within each conference regardless of division.

    Since there has always been “inter-league” play so to speak in the NFL, I am not sure conferences make any sense.

    So qualify 4 league-wide division winners and then reserve 4 spots for the teams with the best record regardless of division or conference membership.

    Division winners are also awarded a home playoff game. There are no “byes.”

    What do you think?

    Here are my recommendations for the consolidation:

    ATLANTIC/COLONIAL/REVOLUTION

    New England Patriots
    Baltimore Ravens
    New York Jets
    New York Giants
    Carolina Panthers
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Washington Redskins
    Buffalo Bills

    HEARTLAND/INDUSTRY WAY

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Cleveland Browns
    Cincinnati Bengals
    Indianapolis Colts
    Detroit Lions
    Green Bay Packers
    Chicago Bears
    Minnesota Vikings

    GAZEBO/ASCOT/JULIP

    Houston Texans
    Dallas Cowboys
    New Orleans Saints
    Tennessee Titans
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Miami Dolphins
    Atlanta Falcons

    FRONTIER

    Seattle Seahawks
    San Francisco 49ers
    Los Angeles Rams
    Los Angeles Chargers
    Vegas Raiders
    Arizona Cardinals
    Denver Broncos
    Kansas City Chiefs

  42. It doesn’t matter who win the NFC East. Once the most dominant division in the NFL, all the teams suck now. Bounced and trounced, one and done, that’s the future of every team in this division. None of them are capable of advancing to the conference championship. Super Bowl dreams are fairy tales.

  43. This seems to happen once every 4 years where the Eagles suck, but the NFCE is so god awful that they’re not put out of their misery until almost the end of the season. In 2011 the Giants won it with a 9-7 record AND a negative point differential and somehow won the Super Bowl. In 2015, the 9-7 Redskins won it and lost in the Wild Card round. This year, the NFCE “champion” probably won’t even be 9-7.

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