A Dallas Cowboys loss to Redskins would be too costly

It’s hard to believe one loss could damage the 9-1 Dallas Cowboys division title hopes. A loss today would put the NFC East title in real danger.

Sep 18, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With a superb 9-1 record and nine straight wins, it’s hard to believe one loss could damage the Dallas Cowboys division title hopes.

The truth is a loss today would put the NFC East title in real danger.

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Redskins at Cowboys, hated storied rivals, big-time playoff implications.

Aside from the league-leading Cowboys, the NFC East houses two other teams in the top four of the NFC conference.

DAL:  9-1-0   (5-1-0 NFC)  2-1-0 NFC East
SEA:  7-2-1   (3-2-1 NFC)  1-1-1 NFC West
NYG:  7-3-0   (5-3-0 NFC)  2-1-0 NFC East
WAS:  6-3-1  (4-2-0 NFC)  2-1-0 NFC East

In the race for the playoffs, Washington is no real threat to swipe the Cowboys’ spot. The Redskins sit 2.5 games back with six left.

Even if Washington won all six games against a tough, road heavy schedule, Dallas would need to lose three more games to fall behind. Neither will happen.

However when it comes to New York and Seattle, losing today would be very costly.

Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; The New York Giants huddle in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

GIANTS THREAT IS VERY REAL

With a gimme game at 0-10 Cleveland, New York will be 8-3 come Monday.

Let’s examine what a Cowboys loss today would look like…

DAL: 9-2-0  (5-2 NFC)  2-2 NFC East
NYG: 8-3-0  (5-3 NFC)  2-1 NFC East

If the Giants pull within a game of the Cowboys and lead by 1/2 game in the division record, it applies severe pressure for the duration.

The second showdown between these bitter rivals takes place in New York on December 11 in cold weather conditions.

Lose today against Washington and the game in New York becomes a must win.

Drop both division contests and the NFC East title is all but history. The Giants would likely be tied with Dallas and own all division tiebreakers.

The easy route comes today against Washington in the warm, friendly confines of AT&T Cowboys Stadium in front of the holiday home crowd.

Counting on beating the only defense who held Dallas below 24 points in hostile territory while braving cold New York elements?  Bad idea.

Nov 20, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) tackles Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (34) during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) assists on the tackle. Seattle defeated Philadelphia, 26-15. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

SEATTLE SURGING FOR #1 SEED

With 5-5 Tampa Bay on deck Sunday, smart money says Seattle improves to 8-2-1.

As always the Seahawks are dominating the second half of the season.

Seattle’s weak schedule threatens the Cowboys hunt for home field advantage.

As of today, they won’t face another opponent with a winning record.

A loss to Washington would likely land Dallas only 1/2 game above Seattle.

DAL: 9-2-0 (5-2-0 NFC)
SEA: 8-2-1 (4-2-1 NFC)

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Without possibility of a tie, Dallas would need to be almost perfect over the final five games to lock down the top seed.

This includes beating New York in the winner take all game, plus defeating NFC Central title contenders Minnesota and Detroit.

Without defeating the Redskins today, the Cowboys will play meaningful games all the way through, which leads to another disappointment…

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

LOSS WOULD STEAL ROMO’S SWAN SONG

By defeating Washington, Dallas will remain at least two games above the NFC.

At 10-1, the Cowboys would most likely secure a playoff spot before their final contest in Philadelphia.

With the postseason already guaranteed, Tony Romo would play most (if not all) of the final game against the Eagles.

If anyone deserves a chance to prove his skills are still valuable it’s Romo.

Be it auditioning for other teams, increasing trade value, or proving he’s worth keeping, the Cowboys owe Romo one more spotlight.

Tony chose to put the team over his own best interests and help end speculation.

The least the team could do is lock up a playoff spot before Week 17, and allow Romo a final chance to show his magic wearing the star.

Today the Cowboys have the chance to win a big one for the home fans.

A victory would move much closer to securing a home playoff game, while setting the stage for a final performance by our beloved warrior Romo.

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