Owner Jerry Jones thinks the Dallas Cowboys have a chance at the NFC East title and the playoffs if they turn a 2-6 start into a 7-9 finish. That’s how little he respects the other teams in the division. Any hopes the Cowboys have of making a playoff push lie in the thought that no division foe is good enough to run away and hide. The Cowboys need to get to at least 8-8, if not 9-7, to make the playoffs.
A look at their final eight games.
Sunday @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers This is a must-win for the Cowboys if they have any hope of making a run. Greg Hardy is mad at the world. Dez Bryant is angry at the media. Look for an explosion on the pirate ship. Win
Nov. 22 @ Miami Dolphins Tony Romo is back for the first time. So there are no more excuses. It won’t be easy; Miami can be salty on defense. But the Cowboys will be inspired by the return of their leader. Win
Nov. 26 Carolina Panthers This is where the Cowboys take a step back. Romo didn’t look good last year on a short week with his back issues. Look for a disappointing redo, ruining Hardy’s matchup against his former team. Loss
Dec. 7 @Washington Redskins This game is critical if the Cowboys want to continue the Romo-mentum they have gained by the quarterback’s return. The Redskins have injured Romo in each of the past two years. But they are not a good team. Win
Dec. 13 @ Green Bay Packers The Cowboys have been waiting on this game since last January and the disputed non-catch by Bryant. The problem is that they still can’t get a consistent pass rush to affect Aaron Rodgers. Loss
Dec. 19 New York Jets The Jets are salty on defense and will put a lot of blitz pressure on Romo. But their offense is pedestrian at best. It won’t be pretty. It doesn’t have to be pretty. They just need a win. Win
Dec. 27 @ Buffalo This is where the rubber meets the road for the surging and desperate Cowboys. A cold weather game at Buffalo will be no picnic. The Bills are also chasing a playoff berth and will be too much to overcome. Loss
Jan. 3 Washington Redskins The idea that the Cowboys could still win the division at 7-9 is only a dream conjured up in the mind of Jones. That’s not going to happen. That’s not realistic. But the Cowboys will not give up and play hard to the end. Win