More

    Understanding The Cowboys Week 14 Clinching Scenarios And What To Root For

    Happy #VictoryPoloMonday, Family!

    This feels weird because the didn't play a game on the Sunday of Week 13, but they were nevertheless victorious. In case you haven't heard – the Dallas Cowboys clinched a playoff berth on Sunday!

    It's a ridiculously awesome life when the calendar reads December 5th, but your ticket to the dance has already been purchased. What about our suit, though? We need to go get measured. We also need to look into getting that limo to get us to this dance… we need to discuss all the other potential perks that come with being a playoff team!

    Cowboys Headlines - Understanding The Cowboys Week 14 Clinching Scenarios And What To Root For

    When November began I wrote here at Inside The Star that the Dallas Cowboys would be in an NFC East win-and-clinch situation entering the game on December 11th. Here we are, a playoff berth in hand, and we want more.

    Last week we detailed all the playoff-clinching scenarios for you, and that's why we're here today… It's time for an update! The most relevant non-Cowboys team as far as the goes is the New York Giants, and the most-watched teams across the conference for our sakes are the and .

    The Cowboys have opportunities to clinch both a First-Round Bye AND Home-Field Advantage this season, it's a wonderful world. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee (I like mine with two sugars and one cream, please), and start planning.

    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

    How The Cowboys Can Clinch The NFC East

    This is pretty simple at this point, but it's fun to talk about how dominating we are so we'll do it briefly. The Cowboys have a 3-win lead on the next closest division rival, the New York Giants. In order to win the East the Cowboys need:

    • A Win In New York On Sunday: A win on Sunday would give the Cowboys 12 victories and hold the Giants at 8. There are only three left afterwards. Yay math.
    • IF The Giants Win On Sunday: The Cowboys have more room for error concerning Sunday's game in New York thanks to the Steelers beating the Giants this past Sunday. If the G-Men managed to sweep Dallas, the Cowboys could still clinch the NFC East fairly easily. They'd simply need to win one game, any game, and have the Giants lose one.

    At this point the Giants need a miracle to win the NFC East. The only way they could is if the Cowboys only win one game from here on out, that game not being the one in New York, and the Giants would have to win out. Buh-bye.

    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

    How The Cowboys Can Clinch A First-Round Bye

    It's Christmas time so I hear those sleigh bells jingling and ring-ting-ting-a-ling, but I want to enjoy Christmas with the peace of mind that my Cowboys are going to get a week of rest at the culmination of the regular season. Here are the ways the Cowboys can secure a First-Round Bye:

    • Win In New York On Sunday + Detroit OR Seattle Loss (Any Loss): It goes without saying that the Cowboys have to win the division in order to get a bye, but in case you didn't know there you are. A NYG win would net the division and take care of that, and a loss by Detroit or Seattle would mean that whoever lost stayed at 8 wins while the Cowboys coasted to 12 with only three to go. If the Detroit or Seattle loss we need came a week later, that'd be fine. It would mean that whoever did lose that game (Detroit or Seattle) would not mathematically be able to hit 12 wins, and since the Cowboys would already have 12 all would be taken care of.
    • Win The Next Two Games AKA The Magic 13: The Cowboys are sitting on 11 wins as we speak, two more would give them The Magic 13. This number is magical because no other team in the NFC can achieve it. Should the Cowboys win their next two games they'll have secured the NFC East and a mark that is literally impossible for anyone else to reach.

    Technically speaking the Cowboys could still miss out on a First-Round Bye if they lost out and both Seattle and Detroit won out. Obviously this is very unlikely for a squad that's won 11 games in a row, so it seems like those two teams will have to fight each other for the other bye.

    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

    How The Cowboys Can Clinch Home-Field Advantage

    Last week someone told me that we were getting ahead of ourselves talking about something like Home-Field Advantage so early.

    When you have a playoff spot locked and loaded on December 5th, you can look wherever you want. The Cowboys have earned the right to look past some teams because we're amazing and they're not (those are the spark notes, sorry). Seriously though, it is not just possible but likely that the road to LI in Houston will also run in the state of Texas. Here's how the Cowboys can lock up Home-Field Advantage:

    • Win In New York On Sunday + Detroit AND Seattle Loss (Any Loss): This logic is easy to understand. A NYG win gives us the NFC East and 12 on the season, and losses by both the Lions and Seahawks keeps them at 8 with three to go. We'd be the top dog. Say the Lions (host Chicago) and Seahawks (visit Packers) both win on Sunday… no biggie. Both of those teams would have to win out in order to reach 12, if they both stumble even just once apiece then it's over.
    • Win In New York On Sunday + 1 More Win AKA The Magic 13: By now you've read me say a win in New York gives us the division, yay, but one more win might be necessary. Say the Lions and Seahawks actually did each win out (that would mean the Lions beat the Cowboys on  in , by the way). Then Dallas would have to beat either the Buccaneers (this game has been flexed to by the way) or Eagles to give them 13 wins – no one else can reach 13.

    It's pretty unlikely, but it is possible that when the Cowboys kick off in New York that they will be playing for: The NFC East, a First-Round Bye, and Home-Field Advantage. This is the scenario that sees Detroit and Seattle both losing in , but again it is unlikely. Either way the Cowboys are in a position where they have some serious control.

    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

    What To Root For In Week 14 For The Cowboys Sake

    By now you're a pro when it comes to what the Cowboys need to clinch this, that, and the other… but what about something else? There's always something else!

    If you're looking really far down the road then you're already trying to organize who you want the Cowboys to be in the with. I've said many a time on OchoLive that I'm afraid of the Redskins (even though they lost to the Cardinals), but who are you afraid of? The current NFC Playoff Landscape has Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, and Atlanta as the division winners plus the Giants and Bucs as the wildcard teams. I like that mix of teams.

    The Packers and Vikings technically still have life, but I've already mentally disregarded them. The only team that's on the outside-looking-in that is still relevant to me is in fact Washington. This can get spicy in the NFC South if Atlanta decides to drop a few and we could see Tampa Bay actually win it, Washington take the back, and Atlanta drop out altogether. That trifecta is going to be fun to watch, but if you like the way things are right now here's what you need to root for in Week 14:

    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭

    It was just over a month ago that we all got together here at Inside and agreed that the Dallas Cowboys would be in division-clinching position on Sunday, December 11th.

    Let's keep this party going. Huzzah.

    How likely do you think any of these are? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

    spot_imgspot_imgspot_img
    RJ Ochoa
    RJ Ochoahttp://OchoLive.com
    I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

    Latest

    Perfectly Flawed – Cowboys continue dominance heading into the playoffs

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Indianapolis Colts tried...

    The Cowboys can win it all IF they can overcome inconsistency

    The Dallas Cowboys improved to 9-3 after last night's...

    Anthony Brown out for the year with a torn Achilles

    Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown is out for the...

    Soaring High: Two Players Who Came Up Huge in Win Against Colts

    Wow, what a great game. The Dallas Cowboys delivered...

    Newsletter

    Daily Cowboys News in Your Inbox
    Name:*
    Your email address:*
    Please enter all required fields Click to hide
    Correct invalid entries Click to hide

    Trending Now

    The Star: Getting Inside the Dallas Cowboys New Home

    The Dallas Cowboys star logo is one of the...

    Why are the Dallas Cowboys Considered “America’s Team?”

    The Dallas Cowboys are one National Football League team...

    Cowboys Reveal New Uniforms for Week 17 vs Titans

    Another uniform emerges for the Dallas Cowboys to wear...

    Cowboys Nostalgia: Before Jerry Jones

    25 years ago Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys...

    Diggs Island – Trevon Diggs is entering elite status

    It’s hard to find a cornerback that is under...

    Fantasy Outlook: It’s Hard to Trust any Cowboys Player Next Season

    I am already looking forward to my fantasy football...

    Like it or not, it’s time to give the front office credit

    All of a sudden the Cowboys have won three...

    Reasons why the Cowboys have the best defense

    Out of all the 32 NFL teams, it's always...

    Witten’s Retirement Makes 2014 and 2016 Playoffs Even More Painful

    If you ask a die-hard Cowboys fan which recent season felt the most like "the year" Dallas would win it all, you'll get one...

    Monday Moment: Dak Prescott Fools The Giants For A Touchdown

    Welcome, world. It's time for another installment in our Monday Moment series. This week, we travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey where the Dallas Cowboys...

    Cowboys Nemesis Dean Blandino Leaving NFL Officiating Position

    After four years as the NFL Vice President of Officiating, Blandino has taken a job in television and will no longer be the one...