The Dallas Cowboys are a team in flux. After losing an ugly game to the Patriots last week 13-9, they dropped a home game on Thanksgiving to the Buffalo Bills by a score of 26-15, creating even more controversy surrounding owner Jerry Jones' decision to retain head coach Jason Garrett for the rest of the season at the very least. However, despite all the difficulty, the Cowboys' playoff chances are far from dashed. Let's indentify three of the biggest reasons why Big D can still win the NFC East despite their Turkey Day debacle.
3. That Forgiving Schedule
Next week, the Cowboys will face off against the Chicago Bears, who nearly lost to a Lions team Thursday featuring David Blough at quarterback. After that, they'll face a Los Angeles Rams squad that has essentially none of its magic from last season. They'll go on to meet the Eagles in a likel must-win game before closing the season against the cellar-dwelling Washington Redskins. That's a far easier stretch of games than what this team has just endured, and winning out isn't an impossibility.
2. Futility of the Eagles
Philly plays against the Dolphins, Redskins, Giants (twice) and the Cowboys, setting them up perfectly for success... right? Well, the Eagles have been putrid on offense of late, having scored only 19 points in the past two games combined. Their wide receiver and offensive line groups have been ravaged by injuries, which could be a huge difference-maker in their final five games. Hey, if the Jets can beat the Cowboys, there's definitely a chance that Danny Dimes can go off against the Eagles at least once and ruin their playoff hopes.
1. Big Time Offense
Throughout the first 11 weeks of the NFL season, Dak Prescott was in the MVP conversation. After the last two weeks, however, he's nearly dropped out of the race completely. One can expect Dak to rebound against weaker defenses to close out the year after having suffered back-to-back matchups against the Patriots and Bills, two of the top defenses in the league. If offensive coordinator Kellen Moore can get Prescott back in form, there's no telling how dangerous the unit can be when it truly counts.