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