Cowboys Playoff Chances, Scenarios, Super Bowl Odds, More
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Cowboys Playoff Chances
The Cowboys don’t control their own destiny completely, but they can put themselves into position with a win on Sunday.
If Dallas doesn’t beat New York, none of this matters — the Cowboys have to win for a shot at the NFC East title. That’s their only path to the postseason: Beat the Giants, gather in a socially-distanced room and watch Sunday Night Football.
If Washington loses to the Eagles on Sunday night, the winner of Cowboys-Giants will win the division and secure the NFC’s 4-seed — or in simpler terms, if Washington loses and Dallas wins next week, America’s Team is in.
Cowboys Odds vs. Giants
The Cowboys will be road favorites when the line closes on Sunday — as of Tuesday, they’re three-point favorites but you can find the latest odds here.
Daniel Jones returned for the Giants last week, so he’s the expected starter. Mind you, New York is equally as motivated for the same playoff shot Dallas has.
Our early NFL PRO Report shows 82% of bets coming in on Dallas.
How the Cowboys Got Here
The Cowboys have a chance at the playoffs, which they were expected to make entering the year — they were 16-1 to win the Super Bowl with a 9.5 win total.
New head coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t Jason Garrett. Dak Prescott had a new target in rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Life was good in Dallas.
Until it wasn’t.
The defense was terrible over a 1-3 start, allowing at least 38 points in three of the four games. Prescott went down with a season-ending injury in Week 5. And Andy Dalton started two games, suffered a concussion, someone named Ben DiNucci started, then Garrett Gilbert started, Dalton returned. Jerry Jones had to give McCarthy a vote of confidence.
Things were a mess.
Something clicked over the last three weeks, though. Dallas won three straight games scoring 30, 41 and 37 points. Granted, the wins came against the Bengals, the 49ers and Eagles and the Cowboys are still 6-9, but when grading on the NFC East curve, they look pretty good.
Dallas doesn’t own the tiebreaker after going 0-2 against Washington this year.
Cowboys Super Bowl Odds
Just because the Cowboys lucked into the worst division of 2020 doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any words talking about their Super Bowl chances.