Week 7 brought with it one of the most fun/awful experiences of Thursday Night Football to date. The Philadelphia Eagles managed to outlast the New York Giants by a score of 22-21, Daniel Jones fell on his own, it was quite the thrill.
Thanks to their comeback victory the Eagles now have two wins to their name through Week 7. Collectively the NFC East will finish the week with as many wins as the digit of the week itself, regardless of who wins on Sunday between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team.
The NFC East is bad. Injuries have plagued the Cowboys through six games so far but they are still somehow more than legitimately in the mix to win some hats and t-shirts come Christmas time.
We will know a lot more about just how possible this is in about 10 days.
The next 10 days will tell us a lot about the Cowboys and their chances to win the NFC East
Dallas can maintain their top position in the NFC East with a win on Sunday, and they can improve their record within division play to 2-0. Ultimately winning all six division contests and just a couple more might be enough to win it entirely, and thankfully for them these teams are not good.
The bye week looms for the Cowboys, and is much needed in terms of getting players back, but between now and then the team has two road games and one more home contest. Dallas will be in Philadelphia next Sunday night (yes, primetime football for this group) and host the Pittsburgh Steelers before their week off. This means that over the course of the next 10 days the Cowboys will have played half of their NFC East games, one against each of their opponents.
If the Cowboys manage to win these next two games (they will likely lose to the Steelers) they would sit at 4-5 as they gear up and get healthy. This would give them a week off to prepare for a Minnesota Vikings team that hasn’t been very good themselves before they host Washington on Thanksgiving. This is admittedly an optimistic approach, but it is possible that tryptophan is in our systems for a team finishing Turkey Day with a record above .500, mostly thanks to NFC East play.
Of course this is one side of the hypothetical spectrum. If Dallas loses to WFT on Sunday it is hard to see them being favored in any contest from here on out. Injuries are difficult to overcome regardless of the opposition and the latest loss for the Cowboys is a future Hall of Fame guard in Zack Martin.
Perhaps you are still holding out hope for these Cowboys. It is worth saying that there is legitimate reason to do so. We will know in about a week and a half how justified that is, so cross your fingers and let’s take it all day by day, in the words of another NFC East foe.