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Dallas Cowboys’ playoff scenarios begin in Minnesota

The 10-1 Dallas Cowboys are moving closer to clinching a playoff berth.
The 10-1 Dallas Cowboys are moving closer to clinching a playoff berth. Star-Telegram



It’s time to legitimately talk about the NFL playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys (10-1).

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot two ways this weekend, but both involve beating the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) on Thursday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

According to the NFL, the Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth with:

▪  A Dallas win and a Tampa Bay loss or tie.

▪  A Dallas win and a Washington loss.

Tampa Bay (6-5) plays at San Diego (5-6) and Washington (6-4-1) is at Arizona (4-6-1). Both games have 3:25 p.m. kickoffs on Sunday.

Many other scenarios will undoubtedly come into play depending on how the Cowboys perform going forward, but there’s nothing like the first one.

The Cowboys set a team record ten-game winning streak, beating the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day

Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule

Sept. 11

Giants 20, Cowboys 19

Sept. 18

Cowboys 27, Redskins 23

Sept. 25

Cowboys 31, Bears 17

Oct. 2

Cowboys 24, 49ers 17

Oct. 9

Cowboys 28, Bengals 14

Oct. 16

Cowboys 30, Packers 16

Oct. 23


Oct. 30

Cowboys 29, Eagles 23, OT

Nov. 6

Cowboys 35, Browns 10

Nov. 13

Cowboys 35, Steelers 30

Nov. 20

Cowboys 27, Ravens 17

Nov. 24

Cowboys 31, Redskins 26

Dec. 1

at Minnesota

7:25 p.m.

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Dec. 11

at NY Giants

7:30 p.m.


Dec. 18

vs. Tampa Bay



Dec. 26

vs. Detroit

7:30 p.m.


Jan. 1

at Philadelphia



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