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Cowboys Move Up to #2 Seed w/ Shocking Losses by Bucs, Cards

The Cowboys went into as the #4 seed in the playoff picture. But after handling their own business against the Giants and then shocking losses by the Buccaneers and Cardinals, Dallas has now moved up to 2nd and just one game back of the Packers for the NFC's top seed.

Yesterday, Arizona suffered a humiliating loss to the previously one-win . Later on , Tampa Bay couldn't even score a point at home against the .

These results left the Bucs, Cardinals, and Cowboys all at 10-4 overall for the season. But thanks to their 8-1 record against other NFC teams, Dallas holds the tiebreaker over both and vaulted up to the #2 seed behind Green Bay.

Arizona and Tampa are both 6-4 against the NFC, making this a tiebreaker that Dallas should hold the rest of the season. However, things get tricky if the Cardinals' current losing streak continues.

While the Buccaneers beat the Cowboys in Week 1, Tampa's head-to-head tiebreaker is currently nullified by the three-way tie between them and Arizona. In this situation, conference record takes precedent over any head-to-head victories.

Of course, this could still change over the final three weeks of the regular season. Not only could overall and conference records change, but the matchup between Dallas and Arizona could dramatically alter tiebreaking scenarios.

Though all of this is currently tentative, it's still nice to see the Cowboys move up the potential playoff bracket and out of that dreaded #4 spot. With the 5th seed likely being either Arizona or the , moving up and drawing a lesser team is arguably Dallas' top goal for the rest of the regular season.

So no, nothing was clinched or written in stone yesterday. But at the very least, the Cowboys are in a better potential position now than they were 24 hours ago.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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lonewolfz28

Too bad John Harbaugh decided to go for 2 instead of the tie and possible overtime against GB. Even then, Tyler Huntley had Marquis Brown wide open across the back of the end zone moving in the same direction. Too bad he was locked in on Mark Andrews and the Packers DB’s knew it. A more seasoned QB would have floated it over the safety after a pump fake to the double covered Andrews.

Would’ve put us in a 4-way tie for first. Nobody wants to travel to GB and face Rodgers for the playoffs.

Probably a moot point anyway with GB finishing out against the Browns, Vikings and at the Lions while we’ve got the WFT, Cardinals and at Eagles.

Robert

If they do finish in a four way tie . Who gets the 1 seed?

Cowboys fan

Robert…. If we do finish in a 4 way tie, I think we will have the number 1 seed, cause if I’m not mistaken I think the packers have lost 2 games to the NFC while we have only lost 1 which gives us the tie breaker!! At worst we’ll have the number 2 seed!! But I don’t think we’ll get the number 1 seed cause I don’t see the packers losing to the vikings or the lions!!

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