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Monday, December 26, 2005
Playoff Scenarios: The Dallas Cowboys
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:03 pm

Via ESPN: NFL playoff scenarios:

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth with:
1. A win and a Redskins loss or tie
2. A win and a Panthers loss
3. A win and a Bucs loss and a Giants loss and Giants and Cowboys clinch strength of victory
4. A tie and a Redskins loss

Dallas should be able to beat St. Louis, so at least there are two shots-Washington (especially if Brunell can’t play) and Carolina-that the team could get some help. I don’t count scenario #3 are very likely, as I can’t see the Raiders beating the Giants or the Saints beating Tampa Bay, let alone both happening in the same week.

Of course, the idea that Eagles will beat the Redskins seems slim, and although hopefully the Falcons will win one for pride next week when they host Carolina…

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  1. Yep. It’s an uphill climb but not unthinkable that ONE of those would happen. All the teams that the ‘Boys need to win, unfortunately, are teams that have been eliminated from the race. Of those, only the Falcons are any good.

    Comment by James Joyner — Monday, December 26, 2005 @ 6:47 pm

  2. IIRC, Carolina is already in the playoffs, so they may be resting some folks, which would help the ‘boys out. Still, what a middling finish for this team. Ugh.

    Comment by bryan — Monday, December 26, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

  3. Nuh-uh. My money’s on the ‘Skins this week. Brunell might be day to day, but the Eagles are down a quarterback and a star wide receiver.


    Comment by pennywit — Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 8:54 am

  4. Were I to bet, I would bet on the Skins, no doubt.

    At this point we are talking hope, and nothing else ;)

    Still, if it is Patrick Ramsey, and not Brunell, I think that does change the equation.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 9:22 am

  5. Bryan,

    Because Dallas beat Carolina last week, the Panthers have to win to get in. If they lose and Dallas wins, they will have identical records and Dallas has the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 9:30 am

  6. Steve,
    thanks for the clarification. The NFC sucks anyway, and I can’t see any of these teams making a legitimate run at any of the top four afc teams (Indy, NE, Cincy, or Pitt) - including the Seahawks.

    Comment by bryan — Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 10:24 am

  7. I basically agree, although I am not sold on the Steelers.

    Indy is almost certainly going to win it all, unless this Dungy tragedy emotionally ruptures the team.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 10:30 am

  8. I don’t understand why a Tampa Bay Loss also requires a NY Giants loss. The NFL tiebreaker procedure would say the records would be tied at 10-6. Their conference records would be identical at 8-4. This leads to the common opponent tie-break with identical records of 3-2. This leads to strength of victory which Dallas already leads at 75 to 70 points. Since this assumes a Dallas win and a Tampa Bay loss this tie-breaker still obviously goes to Dallas. What am I missing?

    Comment by Calvin — Saturday, December 31, 2005 @ 9:36 pm

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