Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

This is part two of my 11-part playoff preview series. For part one click here.

I’m just gonna throw this out there now: The Dallas Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996. That’s a long time ago. The Cowboys just haven’t been able to find a way to win in the post season. Even in games when it looked like they were going to win or games where for all intents and purposes they should have won, they still managed to lose. In that same period of time the Eagles have won ten playoff games and played in five different NFC Championship games, winning one in the process. However, I will do my best to not let this influence my outlook on this game, but I did feel the need to point it out. Continue reading

How can the Redskins make the playoffs?

Our best commenter, Michael, asked about how his favorite team, the Redskins, could make the playoffs. So despite the fact that the Redskins are currently sitting at 3-8 and can do no better in the division than hope to tie the Cowboys for the top spot of the NFC East I will map out exactly what crazy miracles need to happen in order for this team to find it’s way into the playoffs. Continue reading

What Does Your Team Need To Do? (Part II)

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I thought I’d put up another one of these, seeing how a lot of things happened during week 16 that either solidified team’s positions or eliminated their playoff hopes. So here is what everyone else needs to have happen to make it in. Unlike last time, I am much more confident in what I have found out. Again, by using the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures, this is what I have come up with.

On the NFC side of things the Giants and Cardinals have clinched the East and West divisions respectively. The Giants have also clinched the first seed, giving them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Panthers and Falcons have also each clinched playoff spots, though neither has actually clinched their division. The Lions, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, and Redskins have all been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in NFC:

Carolina Panthers:
The Panthers will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they win in New Orleans against the Saints or if the Falcons lose to the Rams.

Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcons will clinch the NFC South and the NFC’s second seed (also giving them a first round bye) if they beat the Rams and the Panthers lose to the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Giants or if the Bears lose in Houston to the Texans.

Chicago Bears:

The Bears will clinch the NFC North and the NFC’s third seed if they beat the Texans and the Vikings lose to the Giants. However, if the Bears fail to win their division, they can still clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Texans and both the Cowboys lose in Philly to the Eagles and the Buccaneers lose at home to Oakland.

Dallas Cowboys:
The Cowboys will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles:
The Eagles will clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Bears lose to the Texans. The Eagles will also clinch a wild-card spot if they beat the Cowboys and both the Buccaneers lose to the Raiders and the Vikings lose to the Giants.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Buccaneers will clinch a wild-card spot if one of the following three things happen:

  1. They beat the Raiders and the Cowboys lose to or tie with the Eagles.
  2. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Vikings lose to or tie with the Giants.
  3. They tie with the Raiders, the Cowboys lose to the Eagles and the Bears lose to or tie with the Texans.

In the AFC the Titans and Steelers have clinched the South and North divisions respectively and both have also clinched first-round byes. The Titans have also clinched the AFC’s first seed, giving them home-field throughout the playoffs, and leaving the Steelers with the AFC’s second seed. Oh, and my Colts clinched a wild-card spot and the AFC’s fifth seed! The Bengals, Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, and Bills are still the only teams in the AFC to have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Here’s how things can play out for those who still have something to clinch in the AFC:

Denver Broncos:
The Broncos will clinch the AFC West and the AFC’s fourth seed if the beat the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers will clinch the AFC West if they win at home against the Broncos.

Baltimore Ravens:
The Ravens will clinch the remaining wild-card spot and the AFC’s sixth seed with a win at home over the Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins:
The Dolphins will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if they beat the Jets in New York.

New England Patriots:
The Patriots will clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third seed if the beat the Bills in Buffalo and the Dolphins lose to the Jets.

New York Jets:
The Jets clinch the AFC East and the AFC’s third see if they beat the Dolphins at home and the Patriots lose in Buffalo to the Bills.

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