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What if Dak Prescott isn’t Dallas’ Franchise QB?

Brian Martin



What if Dak Prescott isn't Dallas' Franchise QB?

Depending on who you talk to, Dak Prescott is a bit of an enigma right now as a professional quarterback in the NFL. Some people believe he is already the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB, while others still need to see more from him before he gets anointed with that title. It's a debate right now with no clear answer, which is why Year 3 will be a big season one way or another for the young QB.

I don't know where you personally stand on this topic, but I think I'm a little on the fence. I like Dak Prescott, but I would like to see more consistency from him than I've seen so far. As a rookie he was simply fantastic, but last season he seemed to take a step back. That may not be entirely his fault, but before I anoint him as Dallas' franchise QB, I would like to see someone who can carry this team when the chips are down.

With all of this rolling around in my mind, I started wondering what would happen if Dak Prescott isn't the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB? What would that mean for the Cowboys moving forward and what would be the ramifications in the short term?

Obviously, nothing good would come if Dak Prescott isn't the real deal. But, let's dive into this little deeper. Below are a few of the short-term ramifications I think would happen if Prescott falters this season.

Jason Garrett Gets Fired

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

I think the first thing that would happen if Dak Prescott fails to become the Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback is Jason Garrett would likely be fired as the head coach. We all know that Garrett is walking on thin ice right now with the Cowboys, so how the team performs in 2018 probably correlates with his job security.

Garrett went all in with Prescott in 2016. At first he didn't have much of a choice because his options were limited when Tony Romo was hurt in preseason and again when Kellen Moore sustained his untimely injury. But, he decided to stick with the rookie all season, even when Romo returned. You can't really fault him for that decision, but it definitely impacted the future of the organization.

I think as Prescott's 2018 season goes, so does Garrett's. Garrett's head-coaching job may not entirely depend on Prescott's success this season, but it could have a huge impact on whether or not his coaching career continues in Dallas.

New QB Search Begins

Will McClay, Jerry Jones

Will McClay & Jerry Jones

Again, if Dak Prescott proves to not be the long-term franchise QB, the Dallas Cowboys once again have to try and find someone who is. We all know how long it took them to replace Troy Aikman, and I doubt any of us want to live through that nightmare again.

Unfortunately, it's hard to believe that either Cooper Rush or Mike White are the long-term answer right now. Neither have really proven anything in the NFL and no one is really for sure if they can even be successful as Prescott's backup this season. There is more questions surrounding them then No. 4.

To makes matters worse, there aren't a lot of veteran QBs around the league they can snatch up. Even if there were, that would likely be a short-term solution. The best way to find a franchise QB is to draft one. But, the Cowboys aren't likely going to have a draft pick high enough to select one of the top QB prospects. That means they would have to move up in the draft, which would require a lot of draft equity. Even then, nothing is guaranteed.

Cowboys Take Giant Step Back as a Franchise

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

If Dak Prescott is indeed a bust, this would severely set back the Dallas Cowboys as a team and franchise. This may be a young team, but they are built to win a championship relatively soon. They have all of the pieces to do so, if Prescott is the real deal.

They have one of the best offensive lines and running backs in the league, but without a quarterback to operate the offense, it means diddley squat. That's why the quarterback position is arguably the most important one in the NFL. It's why they are drafted so highly and paid an extraordinary amount of money.

This would really set the coaching staff back as well. Like I mentioned earlier, Jason Garrett and his coaching staff would likely be looking for another job, which means an almost entirely new set of coaches would be coming in. Unfortunately, new coaches rarely succeed right away in the NFL. It takes them a few years to not only put their system in place, but to get their players to buy into it as well.

Let me hear what you think. Do you believe Dak Prescott is a franchise QB?

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  • Travis Diggs

    “What if, What if”??, Last time i checked Tony Romo was a franchise qb, and how far did that get us(Just ONE playoff win in 12 seasons) Enough Said!!

    • TreFKennedy88

      When Romo was carrying this team until his body literally gave out on him, and he won 2 playoff games

      • Travis Diggs

        I apologize, TWO playoff wins for the “franchise qb” I forgot about the Lions game the referees gave us

  • Andrew Forh

    On the fence?!? Such a prisoner of the moment. I didn’t hear this coming from philly fans after Carson Wentz extremely mediocre 1st season or even from LA fans with Goff and those guys are 1st rd picks. Truth is, there isn’t a fence. You just don’t want Dak to be the cowboys QB. This guy use words such as a bust?!? How can a 4th rd pick, last QB of his draft class selected, on a rookie contract, that we used a comp draft pick on be a bust?!? He literally can’t, stop it man. Also I’m tired of this he took a step back nonsense. He (and the entire offense) struggled towards the end of the season last year true but I wouldn’t call 2017 a washed season. He actually got better after playing the QB position pre and post snap. He called all the adjustments and set pass protection things he didn’t do in year 1 as a rookie. He’s progressing and that’s all you can ask for from a young passer. Honestly guys the organization has already committed to Prescott, baring some horrific injury he’s getting his extension regardless if the team goes 7-9, 8-8 or 12-4.. accept it and move on people or go jump on Houston bandwagon.

    • Joe Conti

      Exactly noone mentions they had prescott calling all the protections and audibles like Tony was doing in year 10. What ppl also fail to recognize is most rookies do yhis in their rookie year not their second year so that is why they show improvement and not perceived regression as Dak did

      • kabob

        What team has successfully been able to dump calling protections and audibles on a rookie QB and not have them be overwhelmed. Nobody that I know. That’s hyperbole bordering on malarkey.

        • Joe Conti

          I see reading comprehension is not a strong suit with most Cowboys fans. Id like to see where i said it was successful. I really cant believe im part of this fanbase. Most cant read and most are soo entitled its ridiculous

          • Sexcdex Xfact

            Whatever it is said to be,,,,
            Dak Prescott is 22-10 in his first 2 years starting at QB with year 2 being a first place schedule

            Then he did his part to secure his first year playoff win vs Green Bay , but the defense faltered along with other bonehead mistakes beyond his control

            If that’s not successful,,,,,
            ,,,,,what exactly does that make every other QB with a lesser win/loss record?

            Wentz, Goff, Mariotta, Aikman, newton, Wilson, Manning, etc

            Google it first before you answer it
            Point(s) well-taken

          • kabob

            Then why mention it like it matters, mr holier-than-thou enlightened fan. You say stupid things then expect to get called out for them.

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    • TreFKennedy88

      Sounds like every explanation of why Dak is never at fault smh

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        Oh Dak’s the very first to admit his faults & failing his teammates
        He’s also hardervin himself than we are

        So yeah, keep syh

        • TreFKennedy88

          Since when??

    • TreFKennedy88

      8 games, half the season under 180 yards passing, lead the league in pick 6’s, how many games without a passing touchdown?? Than on top of that he got Dez out cause he never really wanted him, keep that same energy if Saint Dak continues to throw for 120 yards and he stuck looking silly

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        He had much help from teammates accomplishing those stats
        Not without help also from the same coaching we all been blaming
        Not to mention calling for their jobs

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      About the best “best or bust” case & point made for Prescott
      Dak Prescott could’ve went higher than the 4th round
      Regardless, he was drafted as a developmental project QB for the future
      Although his future began almost immediately, Dak Prescott is leaps & bounds beyond where he was projected when drafted
      How can he be a bust when he’s out-preforming himself?
      He’s a diamond in the rough that’s making those who ranked not it Qb’s, but NFL players at large for the draft look very foolish
      Your dead on point, my man, for pointing out most who don’t feel Prescotts the real deal simply just don’t want him as such anyway
      Truth be told that is

  • Eric Vaughn

    What I have been thinking exactly. But I’m higher on Cooper Rush and Mike White…we either have a Tom Brady Jimmy G situation coming or a RG3 Curt Cousin’s situation…Either way I think what’s in the cubbard is better then any QB draft pick in 2019 pick.

    • kabob

      Please tell me how a UDFA and a 5th rd pick who started off OTAs floating balls (Rush) and missing targets completely (White) are more NFL ready than a 22-10 record starting QB.

  • Christopher Speirer

    It would be fantastic if Dak could take a step forward and play like a franchise QB this season, but the reality is he will get his contract regardless. What potentially makes this scenario a sticky situation is that if he only plays well when Zeke is healthy and the Oline is tip-top then the team will always be wild card bound. There is only so much room under the cap. The entire Oline is getting paid, the Dline is the 5the highest paid in the league (according to spotrac), DLaw is on the fracnchise tag (or getting a deal), and Dak WILL get his contract and a boatload of guaranteed money. If he isn’t consistently probowl caliber his contract will hamstring the franchise for the foreseeable future. So let’s all hope he continues to improve, or pray that Mike White is the next Tom Brady.

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      There’s my 1 Tom brady
      1 AR, 1 Peyton Manning, 1 Troy Aikman in a lifetime

      If Dak never reaches their plateau, but acquires what other franchise Qb’s who are in the top half have, then so beit

      Plus where were you guys when all these other Qb’s, (Tony Romo) got all this such money & never promised IR were 1 & done?
      Finally, Dak’s assumed payday will only be a portion of what hamstrings us
      You named every position group & player that’s making kit contract wise but only placed blame on Prescott
      SMH 4sho

      • Christopher Speirer

        Where to start with this?? First of all, I never compared Dak to any of the QB’s you mentioned. He does, I don’t. I only said he needed to be a consistent probowl QB to justify his hit against the cap that his contract will surely dictate. Look at the situation in Seattle with Russell Wilson. He got paid and then the franchise went south fast due in large part to cap issues. They have struggled with the Oline and have been trading and letting defensive players leave in FA. They took a gamble on Wilson and it doesn’t look like it’s going to payoff, and he is actually playing well. Drew Brees and AR are examples of two more franchise QB’s that play at a high level and their respective teams can’t seem to get back to the super bowl. None of these theams pay the Oline the way the Cowboys do. All of these teams have a huge percentage of their cap space allocated at QB, but they all have one ring. Safe to say we would all be happy with a ring. As far as the blame being placed at Dak’s feet if the team doesn’t perform, that’s part and parcel of being a QB in the NFL. the Oline has three All Pro’s. Can’t fault any of those guys. When they are healthy three of them are the best in the league at their position. If Dak can’t move the chains and win playoff games with those guys in front of him (and he does have a probowl under his belt) then yes, his contract will be a problem. If DLaw gets paid and doesn’t produce then the team can cut him and look for another pass rusher. A bad situation, but not nearly as difficult as cutting a QB and finding someone to replace him. My final point is this: DLaw, Zeke and Any of the big 3 on the Oline would have a line out the door if they were available to other teams. would Dak? There would be definitely be interest, but at what price? With a huge guaranteed contract? Not so sure about that. There are questions about his arm and his ceiling as a QB.

        • Sexcdex Xfact

          Great clarifications
          I assumably understood as much from my take except assuming you were looking past Dak

          The only thing I’ll say to them making the team Dak-friendly is this :
          They scrapped the WR Corp
          Which to me says he’s better off with unprovens

          This also breathes calm into my psychi for
          How is surrounding a “questionable QB” when unknowns & even more questions friendly???

          I’m prayerful it speaks to credit both to Prescott & the Wr’s

          Other than this
          People are priming Dak for failure in thatif the WR Corp is faulty he’ll be the blame
          I’m hoping, like you & other substance-mature fans, that they all prove each others worth & the assessments of the Brass/Front Office to be well invested

          I’m shell-shocked by the unfounded allegations & disparity in many commentors that my replies tend to be surreal in tone
          I could just swear many naysayers & doubters are blowing in the winds of change vs being founded & grounded in their own careful study over several years instead of believing every article at face value

          If this team is Dak friendly the defense will cover the mistakes of Prescott like NE Patriots defense did for Tom Brady in their miraculous come from behind SB win in 16

          But also a vast amount of proven weapons surrounding him

          We have no Bill Bellichek but we have a better team in my humble opinion

          We still expected too much from Prescott with so many missing pieces

          Then, the sole blames on JG but then again Prescott
          Zeke’s absence but it’s all Prescott
          Chaz Green due to my Tyrone Smith yet Dak should’ve been Superman

          Defense lost most those games, but as usual d4ak played on that side of the ball too

          Feel me? We did the same with Romo
          By the time the team was ripe for Romo, he went down & eventually out

          Can’t wait til preseason

  • Christopher Speirer

    The Mike White being the next Brady is a prayer and nothing more. The chances of him ever being a top-notch Super Bowl champ are remote at best. He has the arm talent that Dak lacks, but there is far more to the position than having a talented arm. I would agree that Dak’s improvement is the most likely scenario for the Cowboys winning a ring. However, if he isn’t the answer, then having a QB on the roster, as opposed to having to draft or trade for one is by far the best option. The team spent a 5th round pick on him for a reason and it wasn’t solely to compete as a back-up. There was at least a small measure of insurance for Dak in that decision. A reasonable conversation about what he could possibly bring to the team is at least 6 weeks away. They haven’t even put pads on yet, or played one preseason game. To wrap-up the conversation about Dak needing to show improvement, the fact that the team has scrapped the receiving core and added FA’s and draft picks along with a new WR coach speaks volumes to the commitment the organization has shown to the development of Dak’a skill set. With a new found emphasis being placed on timing and route running (which Dez and TWiill are not very good at, but both Gallup and Wilson excelled at in college), and maintaining possession after contact (another issue with Twill and a strength of Gallup’s) along with a commitment to deploy more speed in the recieving core (Austin and Thompson) a good number of pieces have been put in front of Dak to empower him to succeed. Of course these guys are unproven, but so were the young guys drafted to retool the secondary last year. They struggles at first, but this year look very promising. I for one expect big things from Gallup in year two. But with an all-time Oline and a perennial probowl player in Zeke, put together with a “Dak Friendly” passing scheme, the pieces are there for Dak to take a jump forward. Even the Oline added a 2nd round pick and a stellar swing tackle to prevent a potential collapse if injuries strike. Some of these receivers will pan-out and some won’t. But the fact is, money and draft capitol has been spent to surround Dak with what he needs to be successful. It’s up to him at this point to create chemistry with his receivers and separate the good from the bad. He’ll have 7 or 8 defenders in the box and the best Oline in the game to provide time. With all of the investments the team has made to make the offense suit his abilities he has to show his rookie year is the Dak that will lead the franchise.

  • Ismael Ramirez

    If he takes this team to the second round of the playoffs this year then yes he is a franchise quarterback but if he fails to even get us a wild card then it’s time to change quarterbacks because I third year quarterback on his last year of the contract is when they put all the chips in for a big contract good luck dak

    • kabob

      Did you even read the article? You abandon Prescott now, the franchise takes a huge step back for years. The Cowboys had 10 years of nobodies (and Quincy Carter almost showing promise) between Aikman’s decline and Romo. Prescott will have to absolutely crater (I doubt he has that in him) for the decision to move on from him to make sense. They’d have to get lucky in the draft and then spend another 3 to 4 years developing that QB on the fly like they’ve had to do with Prescott.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    That’s the question?I hope he is but to me right now he’s not want to see more accuracy on the throws down field and more. Thanks

  • Russ_Te

    Aside from Zeke missing games – which was patched up ok during his absence – the difference between 2016 and 2017 for the passing game was – time to throw and receivers winning their routes.

    Dak clearly did not get as much of either in his 2017 season. If the time comes when he’s getting 4 seconds and can’t get the ball to someone who beat their coverage, then I’d worry. Not before.

    And we have to ask Linehan to preside effectively. He has cogs outside and if Gathers does not emerge as a threat at camp, he has nobody inside to balance up coverages. But he has the mobility of both Dak and Zeke regardless. You write up the attack plan in that case. I’m doing more organized rolls & scrambles, and making LB’s stay with Zeke a lot in the pass patterns.

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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin



Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?

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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin



Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?

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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook



Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

Let me start this article with a strong opening statement: The Cowboys will be better in 2018 than they were in 2017. There's been a lot of talk about the lack of a true No. 1 receiver. But when we break it down, the current setup will most likely play out better for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

The Dak Stats

Certain quarterbacks shine when they have that go-to playmaker. We're talking about guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Ocho Cinco, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Dez Bryant. But other QBs do better at reading the defense and quickly adapting to what is given. Dak Prescott is the latter breed of QB.

Let’s do a quick numbers exercise to prove this.

When Prescott is targeting 8 or more receivers throughout the game, his passer rating jumps from 86.1 (targeting less than 8) to 104.5. He passes for almost 50 yards more per game and his touchdown to interception ratio drastically improves from 21-13 to 24-4.

Most importantly, when he targets at least 8 different receivers, the Cowboys are 14-2. When he targets less than 8, the team is just .500 at 8-8.

Without a doubt, Prescott is much better at adjusting to what the defense is giving him. He just isn’t one of those guys who can successfully "force" the ball (like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Not feeling the pressure of having to get the ball into the hands of the star playmaker will give this offense a new kind of depth in 2018.

Yes, losing Jason Witten hurts, much more so in my opinion than not having Dez.

Questions Still Loom

This is still the Cowboys' biggest concern on offense. There is some great depth. We have Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and the young stud out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz. But between the three who have any NFL experience, there are only 9 catches between them. I must say that Dalton, with his 4.75 40-yard dash, has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of playing time in his rookie campaign and could become an impact player with his size (6’5”, 244-lbs) and speed.

But despite the battle for TE being wide open, and debates about whether or not the team needs a No. 1 receiver, the Cowboys are still expected to give the Eagles a run for their money in the NFC East. Here are the odds on the defending NFC East champions and how (although early) it is expected to shake out:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles -167
  2. Dallas Cowboys +350
  3. New York Giants +650
  4. Washington Redskins +750

NFC East Week 1 Predictions

The Cowboys open the season in a difficult road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have been listed as 2.5-point favorites (follow the Cowboys NFL Odds here all season long) which isn’t surprising considering they are a tough team playing at home. You might be thinking, "crap, we're opening up as underdogs?" Don’t worry too much; it actually bodes fairly well because the lines-makers generally give a 3-point advantage to the home team. This means that they actually handicap the Cowboys to be a half-point favorite on a neutral field and a 3.5-point favorite in Arlington.

The Redskins open their season in Arizona against the Cardinals. The line is set at a pick ‘em (meaning there is no point spread; it's anyone's game). But, looking at the 'Skins and Cardinals, I think Washington gets disappointed in Week 1 and starts their season with a loss.

The Giants get to test their new offensive line and see if they were right in continuing to place their faith in Eli Manning against the best defense in the league. The Jags are 3-point favorites at MetLife stadium. This means the Jags are actually 6-points better. I do think that the Giants will be vastly improved this season, but they are also going to open with a loss.

The Eagles don’t have it easy either, but they will probably pull out the win at home as 4-point favorites against the Dirty Birds on Thursday Night Football. Their defense is just too good. Atlanta's road offense scored just 21 points per game last year while Philly scores 28 on average at home. The Eagles' home defense has been downright nasty, only allowing 12 points per game in Philadelphia.

This will be a two-horse race for the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. And even if the Eagles win the East, the Cowboys will wildcard into the playoffs.

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