Today was a big day in the NFL for the NFC East. On the heels of yesterday's win over Tampa Bay, the Dallas Cowboys are in first place in the division. That was solidified with the New York Giants losing to Washington today, but the Philadelphia Eagles failed to submit to God's plans for our domination by winning. How each team can clench the NFC East after the jump.
And we start with the Cowboys, of course.
Dallas Cowboys: Need to win one of the final two games of the season, have Philadelphia and the New York Giants lose one game. Best Case: Cowboys win vs Eagles and Giants lose to the New York Jets. This would make our week 17 visit to the Meadowlands meaningless unless we want to clench the 3rd seed. Worst Case: Lose to Philadelphia and beat the Giants in Week 17. In this case, the Grudge match for New York City doesn't matter.
New York Giants: Need to win one of the final two games of the season with one of the games being the Cowboys game, and have the Cowboys lose to Philadelphia or win the final two games where the Cowboys game vs Phladelphia doesn't matter. Best Case: Giants must win final two games of the season and will clench with either the head to head tiebreaker or win outright. Best Case: Giants win vs Cowboys following a Dallas Loss to Philadelphia. In this Case, the Giants clench the division via the head to head tiebreaker.
Philadelphia Eagles: Must win the final two games, and have Giants lose vs the Jets, plus the Giants vs Cowboys Week 17 game MUST end in a Giants win putting all three teams at 8-8. Philadelphia will clench the division, in this case, with the the better division record.
The Third Seed: The only way the Cowboys clench the third seed is if we win out and the San Francisco 49ers lose their final three games. No other NFC East team can clench the 3rd seed. In addition, the New Orleans Saints already clenched the 3rd seed or higher with a victory today over the Minnesota Vikings.
Should the playoffs be expanded to include a 7th seed in each conference?
Yes, because the top seed would be worth more. (18 votes)
Maybe, but it could be good for the league. (9 votes)
No, I agree with Peter King that six teams per conference is good enough. (93 votes)
120 total votes