The Dallas Cowboys and the Race for the NFC East

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) intercepts the ball in the end zone against Oakland Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford (12) in the fourth quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously the end of the season is nearing and that only means one thing, the Cowboys are in it in December. Typically, this would inspire (rightfully so) a considerable amount of fear, partly because of the strength of the NFC East, but mostly because of the Cowboys themselves. Though we have yet to find out the impact of the latter factor, the NFC East is so weak right now that it’s entirely possible that a 9-7 team could win the division. At this point, the Eagles stand as the Cowboys’ chief competitor. Let’s examine their schedules:


While the Eagles are on a four game wins streak, the achievement loses some luster when one considers the competition itself hasn’t been particularly great. They have, in their streak, beaten the Raiders, Packers, Redskins and Cardinals, which is to say they have beaten four mediocre teams. They face in their last four games 3 roughly average teams and the Vikings.


Considering how proficient Detroit is in the passing game (2nd in passing yards) this game could give the Eagles, especially considering the Lions’ run defense, which is second as well. Basically, the Lions were made to beat the Eagles. One thing that could give the Eagles hope: the Lions are 26th in pass defense, something more important with Nick Foles in the fray.

Prediction: Lions win


Bluntly put the Vikings suck. They suck on offense and they suck on defense. They suck passing, stopping passing and stopping running. Luckily, they still have Adrian Peterson. That doesn’t mean much and I fully expect the Eagles to win.

Prediction: Eagles win


The Eagles are lucky in that they face an opponent with the worst run defense in the NFL. The game won’t be easy, partly because of the unexpected excellence of Josh McCown. Even if Cutler is back by then, the Eagles are facing either an excellent backup or the starting QB. I still give this to the Eagles.

Prediction: Eagles win

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