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Prescott: Crossing fingers things fall Cowboys way because they’re ‘dangerous’

Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Dak Prescott (4) and Cooper Rush (7) greet running back Ezekiel Elliott (21), who returned to practice at The Star in Frisco after a six week suspension.
Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Dak Prescott (4) and Cooper Rush (7) greet running back Ezekiel Elliott (21), who returned to practice at The Star in Frisco after a six week suspension. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Dak Prescott felt positive vibes at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice on Wednesday.

Maybe it had to do with running back Ezekiel Elliott returning for the first time since early November. Or maybe it had to do with the Cowboys being on a three-game winning streak.

Whatever the reason, Prescott felt it.

“There was a lot of juice. There was a lot of excitement,” Prescott said. “I’m not going to say it was exuding from Zeke or because of Zeke, but it was a good vibe. I don’t know if it’s the wins in a row, or if it’s that plus Zeke’s back, or we’re just excited for the position we’re in or not.

“We’re happy and this team is happy and we’ve got a good attitude moving forward.”

As stated, the Cowboys should be feeling good about themselves entering the stretch run. San Francisco is the only other team in the NFC that has won three consecutive games.

All of it has kept the Cowboys in the playoff conversation, but they continue to face an uphill battle. After all, the Cowboys have to win their final two games and get some help to make the playoffs for consecutive seasons in more than a decade.

If everything falls right, the Cowboys would be a dangerous team going into the postseason with five consecutive wins and a fresh Elliott to carry the load.

“I know our team is dangerous, regardless if the things fall our way or not,” Prescott said. “I know how dangerous this team can be and the direction we’re heading in and the momentum we’re picking up as we’re going.

“We’re going to worry about what we can control and that’s just winning out. It’s one game at a time. Right now, it’s going to be this Seattle team. That’s all we’re focusing on. We’ll cross our fingers with the rest of this stuff.”

The rest of this stuff refers to the different scenarios that must unfold for the Cowboys to make the playoffs.

If the Cowboys win out, they must have the Detroit Lions lose one of their final two games and an NFC South team (Carolina, New Orleans or Atlanta) lose their final two games.

The Lions close out the season with games against Cincinnati and Green Bay. Carolina faces Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Atlanta faces New Orleans and Carolina. And New Orleans takes on Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

Another scenario exists in which Detroit and Dallas would clinch wild-card berths should Carolina and New Orleans each lose its final two games.

All told, the Cowboys have just a 13.3 percent chance of making it, according to MakeNFLPlayoffs.com. But this sort of scenario has happened in the past.

The 2006 Kansas City Chiefs snuck into the playoffs in the final week facing even steeper odds. In Week 17, the Chiefs clinched with a win and a Cincinnati loss, a Tennessee loss and a Denver loss.

All four broke Kansas City’s way. Maybe something similar will happen for the Cowboys.

For the time being, though, they’re only focused on one thing.

“None of those scenarios mean anything if we don’t win,” Prescott said. “So we can talk about them all we want, but the most important thing for us to do is win this game and then we’ll worry about it. Cross our fingers and hope on those scenarios, but all we can do is control this game against Seattle.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison