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NFC playoff picture 2017: Technically, the Cowboys are still in the hunt

Yes, it’s conceivable the Cowboys could still make the playoffs. But...

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After two straight weeks of getting pummeled by NFC opponents, it’s really hard to think about the Dallas Cowboys making the 2017 playoffs. After losing to the Falcons, they lost hold of the final wild card spot. After losing to the Eagles, all hope of an NFC East repeat was dashed, and now they find themselves gasping their last breaths. How much trouble are they in? Let’s first look at the NFC playoff picture to see where they are.

The Cowboys currently reside in the 10th position for NFC playoff berths. Here is the crazy thing though, if the Seahawks lose tonight to the Falcons, Dallas will be only one game behind the final wild card spot.

There is not much to hang your hat on when it comes to Dallas, they have been playing some ugly football recently. But, for arguments sake, let’s say they magically got things turned around and started winning games. Could they slide into a wild card spot? They would have hope.

Seattle's schedule down the stretch is brutal. The only game where it will be a heavy favorite is a road tilt against the San Francisco 49ers, although the 'Hawks beat them by just three points earlier this year.

Otherwise, Seattle doesn't face a team with a losing record. Not only that, but the Seahawks are set to face three divisional leaders (the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars).

Atlanta doesn't have it easy either, with two games left with the 8-2 Saints and contests against the Vikings and Panthers.

The Lions' toughest game should be a home contest with the Vikings, but after Thursday, they do not play a team with a winning record the rest of the way. That game is in Week 17 and could decide the NFC's last playoff participant.

Of course, none of that matters if the Cowboys continue to play horrible football. If they could somehow get their act together, they could still make things interesting. If not, there’s always the draft!

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