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Cowboys Playoff Hopes Are Alive, But Are They Really Worthy?

The got a playoff boost from a few big losses last Sunday. Despite wins from the and , losses by the and capped off a pretty good Cowboys weekend.

This, of course, all coming after Dallas demolished the on Thursday night 38-14.

Now at 6-6 the team's playoff hopes are very much alive. Their next two opponents played one another on Sunday, and neither looked impressive at all. At 2-10 the are in full tank mode, and despite sitting in a three way tie atop their division, the have been disappointing all season long.

So, after all of the drama and the heartbreak which has surrounded the Cowboys this season, it is not anywhere out of the question that they could be 8-6 when returns. Plus, his return would come for a key Christmas Eve match-up with the current NFC 6th seed, the Seattle Seahawks.

Things seem to be lining up okay, huh?

Well, I think we have to be honest with ourselves going forward.

Sure the Cowboys are alive in the playoff race, and sure their next two games are far from daunting, but even if they win out and receive the necessary help from their NFC foes, what can we really expect from this team in the postseason?

Dallas has lost four games by multiple scores this season. And of those four games, not a single one was even close by the end of the third quarter. In addition, when they faced the NFC's elite earlier in the year (Rams, Eagles, and healthy Packers), the Cowboys were a combined 0-3.

All three losses, by the way, came at home.

The Cowboys' best win this year came against the , who at the time looked to be fighting for home field advantage in the AFC playoff picture. But at this point its fair to ask if the Chiefs are even any good. Since their electric 5-0 start they've stumbled to 6-6 and are at risk of losing their hold of the AFC West.

I know that this weekend was fun for all of us fans, and I hope that the rest of the season is just as exciting as Dallas stays alive week after week. But with the season this team has had, and the way they've looked against actual quality opponents, I think it's okay to wonder if they are really worthy of being in the NFC .

Of course I am rooting for a 10-6 finish and some late season magic. I hope to travel to Philadelphia in the and end their season in January. But the are very slim, and they are that way because of this team's own failures.

Now, if they were in the AFC, they'd probably be the third best team in the conference. But that's a different discussion for another post.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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I actually think this is a great question and would even take it further. The respective situations with D-Mac and Rico Gathers, the free agency non-starter, the lack of depth at linebacker, all these things make me wonder if there’s any kind of plan at all. And now we’re hoping the team can go 10-6. End the season with a five game winning streak. Why we even think that is possible based on the rest of the season is beyond me. If they do, that would give me reason right there to have hope for the playoffs. They’ll have to beat Seattle and Philly to do that. If they do, the team will have turned things around.

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