Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas Cowboys could receive some of help on Sunday

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys claps on the sidelines during a football game against the Washington Redskins at AT
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys claps on the sidelines during a football game against the Washington Redskins at AT /

The Dallas Cowboys could get a lot of help on Sunday as several teams could lose bringing them closer to the playoffs. Here are some scenarios.

The Dallas Cowboys will be extremely focused on Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants as it will impact their playoff status. Realistically, the Cowboys playoffs start on Sunday, because one more loss here could mean the end of playoff contention.

Dallas would also like to see several other teams take an L on Sunday as the final NFC wildcard spot is up for grabs.

First things first, the Dallas Cowboys need to beat the New York Giants, there is no way around it. Assuming that goes according to plan the Cowboys record would be 7-6 with three games left in the season.

The NFC playoff picture is anything but locked in and top teams could fall by the wayside if they are not careful. The Atlanta Falcons are in danger of being pushed out of the playoff picture.

They are third in the NFC South sitting at 7-5 with two matchups against the New Orleans Saints left on their schedule. If the Saints win this first meeting, the Falcons will essentially fall to the back of the pack.

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In fact, the Cowboys really want the Falcons to lose most of these remaining contests as they have been the teams top rival for the final wild-card spot. The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are knotted up at 6-6 just like Dallas.

The Lions should have a fairly easy matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whose defense has been atrocious. The one X-factor in this contest is that Lions franchise quarterback, Matt Stafford has a hand injury that may hinder his ability to throw the ball effectively.

If the Buccaneers can get their offense going it could be tough for the Lions to win this ball game. The Green Bay Packers are a week away from getting Aaron Rodgers back (most likely).

He has been practicing in full this week and has a very good shot of returning in Week 15. The Packers may need one more win before they can really rest easy with the fact that they will have their star signal-caller back.

The Cleveland Browns will face the Packers this week and while it has been a tough season in the “Factory of Sadness” the Browns are overdue for a W. The Packers have been playing sound football but the Browns will be playing desperate football and that may have a bigger effect.

If the Browns can somehow steal a victory from the Packers, that would go a long way in helping the Cowboys secure the final wildcard spot. The Minnesota Vikings are bound for the playoffs however they can help the Dallas Cowboys chances significantly by taking out the Carolina Panthers this week.

The Vikings have been playing lights out football and should not really have their hands full this week. Minnesota has faced tougher challenges and a win here would do a lot in putting the Cowboys back in the driver seat.

The Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals are gasping for playoff life and the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans can put them out of their misery this week. The Chargers are looking like the best team in the AFC West and the Titans have been able to reach the top of their division that the Jacksonville Jaguars have controlled for most of the season.

A loss for Arizona or Washington would close the book on their playoff hopes. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be fighting for their division this week as the Titans have tied them in the standings.

A victory for the Jaguars would be a big win for the Cowboys in this case as Jacksonville will take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are coming off of a big win which has kept them ahead of the Cowboys in the standings.

The Seahawks are also somewhat in win-out mode so any loss would be tough to take. The Jaguars are for real and their defense should give Russell Wilson nightmares. A loss for the Seahawks would pretty much make the Week 16 matchup between Dallas and Seattle the first playoff game of the year.

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Ahhh yes, the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL’s golden boy of 2017. If they lose out which looks like it is impossible, they would be 10-6 just like Dallas if they win out. A split season series would mean the division would come down to tiebreakers within their schedule.