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NFC East Charts and Opinions Week 8 -Cowboys Edition

Awful lost ........time to regroup and move on.

What's it going to take to win the division? What's it going to take to clinch a playoff spot?
12 or 11 Wins? Does 10 wins plus winning all the division home games cut it?

Who's left to play?

Cards =Must Win
Hawks=Must Win
Skins  =Must Win
Phins =Must Win
Bucs  =Must Win
Jints   =Either way
Bills    =Either way
Division Home Games (Eagles and Jints) = Must Win

Who here is ready to quit on this team and doesn't believe the above is attainable?
Hold your head up guys.
As a Giants fan I am looking forward to a worthy adversary who's full of pride and anger!

Please don't mistake this post for advocating the Cowboys should shoot for 10 wins, ofcourse you all want them to win every single game, I'm only trying to forecast whats the min that gets them to the playoffs.

Don't forget to make your vote and add your 2Cents in the comments section.

Due to the number of you who voted to see the charts updated weekly I have the charts below.

I tweaked a few things to try to make it clearer as there was about 10% of you who indicated the charts are too confusing to understand. That's right I still care about the 10% of you. 

 

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The big change was the order of the NFC East teams. As one viewer suggested the reason why.... This chart should represent last years end of season standings.
The "separate 2 games" are based on the standings of last year.
The other reason why is because it should remind all of you what the Cowboys need to strive for; being #1 in the division!.

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Once again the chart above should reflect what Willgfass' post explained. The NFL doesn't use a lottery or names out of a hat system to figure out the schedule - instead there's a systematic process that dictates what the 8 common games will be for each division in football. This year the NFC East is going against the NFC West and AFC East.

 

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There is a rhyme and reason why the Cowboys faced the Lions and soon the Bucs. The 2 separate games for the NFC East is against the NFC North and NFC South. The Cowboys finished 3rd place therefore face the teams that finished 3rd.

 

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Here is where I think the 10% of folks are getting confused. The Division chart works differently then the 2 previous charts. I personally think its a thing of beauty because it reminds me of the multiplication "cheat" chart that was behind my notebook in elementary school. Click for image.

Ah but I digress, so anyway the previous 2 charts above had WON or LOST reflected for the teams on the column header but we can't do that here.  This is because our  division is also represented in the rows. Instead the cells are color coded to represent which team won the game.  The teams on the column header represent the Home team and the teams on the left represent the visiting team. So what you end up with is 3 games for each team away and 3 games for each team at home. Orange box represents the win/loss for the away team and yellow box represents the win/loss for the home team - add them up and you have the division totals for each team. If you're still confused try clicking on the link above that says image.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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