Let me start by saying this.
No, I don’t think the Cowboys will beat Philadelphia Sunday night. And no, I don’t think this team is anywhere close to good enough to compete for even this dumpster fire of a division. But if somehow someway they are able to pull it off this week behind Ben DiNucci, the Cowboys will once again become NFC East favorites.
In a lot of ways the 2020 season feels over. The team has begun moving off of some offseason veteran acquisitions, looking to give their young guys a chance and acquire draft capital where they can. They are down to their QB3 (!!) this week, a seventh round rookie who was playing in the FCS a year ago.
But what will be on the other sideline Sunday night?
The 2-4-1 Eagles have been far from impressive themselves, dealing with injury issues all year and barely squeaking by the lowly Giants for their second win of the season. There’s no doubt they deserve to be favorites this week, though, and it remains hard to expect anything at all from this Cowboys squad.
Sunday night is this team’s last stand. If they want any chance to save a lost season, to show fight and battle for their new coaching staff, they have to win this week. According to PFF’s playoff leverage, the Cowboys would move to a 42% chance of winning the division with a win on Sunday. With a loss, they’d be just about dead and buried at 16%.
Losing by 22 and being essentially shutout by Washington feels like the nail in the coffin for the 2020 season, but mathematically they could turn things around beginning Sunday night.
It’s a long shot. They are 10 point underdogs right now in most books and are expected by all to get completely rolled over. But how about they come out and play hard for four quarters for once?
If they can’t get up for this one in Philly, then they might as well forfeit their way to 2-14.