Dallas Cowboys fans, do you want to make the playoffs?

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The Dallas Cowboys need help, but a playoff berth remains a possibility.

It’s kind of ridiculous, but the Dallas Cowboys–as least as of this moment–remain in the playoff picture in the NFC East. By virtue of their 41-33 win yesterday versus San Francisco, they kept their hopes alive. More importantly, the Washington Football Team held up their end of the bargain by losing to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Washington loss is important because their magic number remains one. Any combination of a Dallas loss or a Football Team win eliminates the Cowboys from contention. So the situation is tenuous, at best, but here we are. Washington has the Panthers/Eagles combo platter to finish the season. The Cowboys have the Eagles and Giants remaining. It’s safe to say the situation is fluid.

Look, don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t exactly excited about a win against the Bengals last week. But yesterday’s game was simply much more exciting. Further, this win was the first time Dallas has won consecutive games all season. I suppose that if you care about this bunch, then your primary concern is whether or not they win on a week-to-week basis.

One also has to take the tank factor into account. It only takes a cursory listen to sports talk radio in this here burg to hear the factions of fans divided regarding the notion. But tanking in the NFL is such a crapshoot. There are only sixteen games in a season. Moreover, for every stud that gets picked in the top ten every year, there are reams of busts that get selected. In other words, no great players are guaranteed if the Cowboys decide to lose out.

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It is a frustrating exercise for sure, but you can bet your house that the Cowboys are going to try to win as many games as they can. And so long as the Washington Football Team allows them into the party, the Cowboys are going to try to crash it every chance they get. It’s only human nature. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I still can’t fault the team for pushing for that playoff goal. Especially not after everything they’ve been through this year. We’re sitting here with a historically bad defense and a backup quarterback, and the team still has a chance at the postseason. They’d be dumb to shrink away from that. Might as well make that push for everything it’s worth until time runs out.

This is where we’re at with this bunch. It’s unrealistic to ask a football team to not try to win. It’s also not feasible to ask a coaching staff to play lesser players in order to achieve that same goal. So whether we like it or not, it’s probably best to ask the current cast to put forth the effort to win as often as they can. Sure, the end result casts the fans’ hopes lower down the draft order, but the organization simply doesn’t care about that.

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So bask in the two-game winning streak for right now. The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to make it a four-gamer to end the season, and playoff berth or no, you can bet your buns that that’s the line we’ll get going into training camp next season. We’re too immersed in the eternal optimism of the Jones family to get anything different.

  • Published on 12/21/2020 at 12:01 PM
  • Last updated at 12/21/2020 at 11:10 AM