The NFL is approaching the halfway point, and even for teams with a slow start, there's still a lot of football to be played. Since 2000, 35 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or lower winning percentage and still proceeded to the playoffs. Of those 35 teams, 28 reached the halfway mark of the season with a 4-4 record.
Seven reached the halfway mark of the season with just three wins and still made the playoffs, five of them in the last four seasons:
|Team||Year||Halfpoint record||Final record||Playoffs|
|New York Jets||2002||3-5
|San Diego Chargers||2008||3-5
|Carolina Panthers||2014||3-4-1||7-8-1||Divisional round|
The Cowboys currently stand at 2-4, and getting to the halfway point with a 4-4 record would certainly help keep their playoff chances alive. But the Redskins and Eagles both recently showed that the NFC East can be won even with a slow start.
But for the Cowboys to stay in the playoff race, they'll need to get some wins after their recent four-game losing streak, and this week just might be an opportunity for that; our BTB writers panel has the Cowboys as unanimous picks over the visiting Seahawks on Sunday.
And know this: since moving to a 16-game schedule in 1978, not a single team has made the playoffs with just two wins at the halfway mark.
Here are the rest of our picks for Week 8, 2015. Let us know what you think about the picks, and don't forget to enter our Pick 256 challenge this week - if you haven't already done so.
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