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Week 9 NFL Picks: When Will The Cowboys Lock Up A Playoff Spot?

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The Cowboys' playoff odds are improving with every win. How many more wins will they need until they're a playoff lock?

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The the game against the Browns on Sunday will mark the halfway point of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, and if all goes well, the Cowboys could emerge with a 7-1 record after the weekend.

The fine folks at FiveThirtyEight.com have looked at all teams since 1995 and concluded that the Cowboys' playoff chances would increase to 94% with a win against the Browns.

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More importantly, as the graph below indicates, a win on Sunday would put the Cowboys in position to lock up a playoff berth in the Week 10 game against the Steelers: 100% of teams with an 8-1 record have made the playoffs since 1995.

Our writers like the chances of a Cowboys win this weekend. Here's how we think the rest of the Week 9 games will turn out.

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Season Record
73-47 78-42 70-50 63-57 66-54 66-54 73-47 73-47 71-49 75-45 71-49
Last Week
9-4 8-5 8-5 8-5 6-7 8-5 8-5 8-5 8-5 9-4 8-5

ATL (-4.5) @ TB Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium
JAC @ KC (-7.5) Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium Kc_medium
DET @ MIN (-6) Min_medium Det_medium Min_medium Det_medium Det_medium Min_medium Min_medium Min_medium Det_medium Min_medium Min_medium
PHI @ NYG (-2.5) Phi_medium Nyg_medium Nyg_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Nyg_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium
DAL (-7) @ CLE Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
NYJ @ MIA (-3.5) Mia_medium Mia_medium Nyj_medium Mia_medium Nyj_medium Mia_medium Nyj_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium
PIT (-1) @ BAL Bal_medium Pit_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Bal_medium Pit_medium
NO (-4.5) @ SF No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium No_medium
CAR (-3) @ LA Stl_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium Stl_medium Car_medium Car_medium Stl_medium Car_medium Car_medium Car_medium
IND @ GB (-7.5) Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Ind_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium Gb_medium
TEN @ SD (-5) Sd_medium Ten_medium Sd_medium Ten_medium Ten_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium Sd_medium
DEN @ OAK (-1) Den_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Den_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Den_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium
BUF @ SEA (-7) Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium