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NFL Playoff Picture: The Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 hopes finished on Thanksgiving

Football is a variable beast, and a Dallas Cowboys are ideal proof. Just a year after Tony Romo‘s preseason damage seemed to tighten a Cowboys’ window, Dak Prescott pried a new window open and a Cowboys strolled into a splendid new era, a object resplendent brightly off Jerry Jones’ aviators as Dallas marched to 13-3.

The same strut a Cowboys had final deteriorate is gone, transposed instead by a bombard of that group that, after losing 28-6 to a Chargers during home on Thanksgiving, has been outscored 67-6 in a second half of a past 3 games.

It’s not a fluke those 3 games have featured no Ezekiel Elliott — a using behind was dangling by a NFL for 6 games and finally mislaid his justice conflict in Nov — no Sean Lee — a oft-injured linebacker is, well, harmed — and Tyron Smith during best singular with an injury. 

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Just like a week before opposite a Eagles, a Cowboys were overmatched and captivated for a whole game. The Chargers hold them to reduction than 100 yards in a initial half, though a array of Charger-related snafus (a missed margin goal, an harmed kicker requiring they go for it on fourth down) led to terrible red-zone potency and a 3-0 measure during a break. The Cowboys, again, could not take advantage, and Los Angeles poured it out in a third entertain and put a diversion out of strech in a fourth. 

For a second true primetime game, a Cowboys were infirm opposite a higher competition during home. That substantially doesn’t lay good with Jones. His vitriol towards a joining bureau is a opposite story for a opposite day (and maybe many days in a future, if he decides to censure this impassivity on a Zeke suspension). 

Now it’s critical to note only how doubtful a playoff berth is for a Cowboys. The NFC East is done. The Eagles have everybody else fundamentally sealed out during 9-1, with a 4-0 multiplication record. The Cowboys now have a one percent possibility of creation a playoffs. Winning out would give them an 82 percent possibility of creation a postseason, according to a New York Times Upshot model. But that doesn’t embody any other factors from even only Week 12.

An Atlanta win drops it 10 percent and a Carolina win drops it another 10 percent. Dallas would be dual games behind of a Falcons and 3 behind of a Panthers for furious label spots if those teams kick a Buccaneers and Jets, respectively. 

The Cowboys need to get assistance in sequence to make a playoffs and need to be ideal down a stretch. A singular slip-up — they play a Redskins during home, a Giants on a road, a Raiders on a road, a Seahawks during home and a Eagles on a highway — expected ends a slim wish they have of creation a postseason. 9-7 would be their roof and it’s going to need 10 wins for an NFC playoff berth this year. 

Reinforcements might arrive too late for a Cowboys, who might have to flicker their eyes and peek towards a brighter 2018.

Here’s how a rest of a NFL playoff design looks, as good as a image of some games that could impact what it looks like after Week 12 and beyond.

AFC: Who’s in

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2)

The Steelers play a Packers on Sunday night in Week 12.

2. New England Patriots (8-2)

The Patriots horde a Dolphins as large favorites (-16.5) on Sunday in Week 12.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3)

Sacksonville takes a celebration west to play Arizona on Sunday afternoon as highway marker for a second time this year.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)

The Chiefs horde a Bills on Sunday in what has turn a “not utterly must-win though flattering tighten to it” diversion for a struggling K.C. team. 

5. Tennessee Titans (6-4)

Interesting diversion for a Titans streamer to Indy as a 3.5-point favorite, as an easy win would indurate their playoff standing, though a detriment could be unequivocally awkward.

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-5)

Baltimore’s invulnerability is rolling and will get a possibility Monday night to boost a playoff contingency opposite Tom Savage and a Texans.

AFC: Who’s out

7. Buffalo Bills (5-5): The Bills play a Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday with Tyrod Taylor starting this time around.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (5-6): A outrageous burst adult a standings with a outrageous win over a Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Their auspicious report make this a group to watch.

9. Miami Dolphins (4-6): Good fitness in New England, everyone!

10. New York Jets (4-6): A unequivocally unfortunate Jets group will acquire a Panthers off a bye anticipating to keep a playoff chances alive.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (4-6): They get a Browns! They’re not dead!

12. Oakland Raiders (4-6): The Raiders horde Denver in a initial of dual winnable games entrance adult (that they have to win).

13. Houston Texans (4-6): Have fun roving to Baltimore opposite that invulnerability Monday night.

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-7): Off a bye opposite a local opposition to try and deliver some pride, they’re not technically passed nonetheless for a postseason.

15. Denver Broncos (3-7): Fighting for honour as good here opposite a multiplication opposition with Paxton Lynch starting.

16. Cleveland Browns (0-10): They haven’t won on a Sunday in over 700 days.

NFC: Who’s in

1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)

Philly is a outrageous favorite (-13.5) over a Bears during home Sunday.

2. Minnesota Vikings (9-2)

Just another winning win for a Minnesota group that we’re sleeping on since Case Keenum is during quarterback. Maybe it’s time to start shopping into Keenum.

3. New Orleans Saints (8-2)

The Saints are highway dogs opposite a Rams this week. Didn’t suppose observant that out shrill any time soon.

4. Los Angeles Rams (7-3)

The Rams are adored to win a diversion opposite a Saints this week. Didn’t suppose observant that out shrill any time soon.

5. Carolina Panthers (7-3)

The Panthers conduct to New York after their Week 11 bye and could be removing Greg Olsen and Ryan Kalil back. The NFC South is going to be fun to watch. 

6. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

Atlanta is a outrageous favorite (-9.5) over a Buccaneers though is unequivocally starting to figure up. If a Falcons can crush a Bucs it’s a good sign.

NFC: Who’s out

7. Seattle Seahawks (6-4): Seattle heads to San Francisco and needs to miscarry from a bad home detriment to Atlanta, quickly.

8. Detroit Lions (6-5): Devastating home detriment for Detroit to a Vikings, since a Lions fell down one mark in a NFC competition and now find themselves wanting assistance to stand behind into both a multiplication and NFC wild-card race.

9. Green Bay Packers (5-5): Green Bay looks passed in a H2O though Aaron Rodgers and has to play in Pittsburgh in primary time.

10. Dallas Cowboys (5-6): The Cowboys were once again distant in a second half of a game, removing blown out by a Chargers on inhabitant television. Jerry Jones is expected stewing and a Cowboys’ playoff hopes are in critical trouble.

11. Washington Redskins (5-6): The Redskins snuck out a 10-point win opposite a Giants on Thanksgiving night notwithstanding a littany of injuries.  

12. Arizona Cardinals (4-6): It sounds like Carson Palmer and David Johnson won’t come behind this season, though in good news, a NFL’s best invulnerability is entrance to city for a Blaine Gabbert punish game. 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6): Going to Atlanta and pulling off an dissapoint would go a prolonged approach toward opening adult any arrange of wish for salvaging this season.

14. Chicago Bears (3-7): It’s tough to fathom them upsetting a Eagles in Philly though that’s what Mitchell Trubisky is charged with doing. 

15. New York Giants (2-9): The Giants are only undermanned during this indicate — a register around Eli Manning couldn’t keep adult with Washington on Thanksgiving night and it showed late.  

16. San Francisco 49ers (1-9): The 49ers will acquire a Seahawks with San Francisco entrance off their bye.

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