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2021 NFL Week 7 Dallas Cowboys Fan Rooting Guide: Trying to secure the NFC East as soon as possible

Dallas may be off, but we still have some interests in Week 7.

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The Dallas Cowboys are on bye this week. Victory number six in a row will have to wait until Halloween night for the Cowboys when they visit the Minnesota Vikings, but a week off is certainly not a bad idea. Even though we are still in the first half of the season, some injuries have taken their toll on the team, including with quarterback Dak Prescott, so giving players time to rest is a positive at this particular juncture.

While America’s Team will not take the field themselves during Week 7, there are still plenty of opportunities to win. There are several non-Cowboys things that we need to start tracking on a more formal basis so we are going to get our weekly rooting guides going now that there is a suitable amount of data.

Here is BTB’s official Dallas Cowboys Fan Rooting Guide for Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season.

Obviously we are rooting for Washington, Philadelphia, and New York to lose

Last week inspired debate among some fans as a few members of Cowboys Nation preferred a Philadelphia Eagles win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so as to impede the latter’s odds at competing with Dallas for the top seed in the NFC. We’re going to say that it’s a bit too early for that type of scenario, but the logic of it is certainly justifiable.

Obviously Dallas won in Week 6, but every single other NFC East team lost. Odds are that all three of them are going to lose yet again in Week 7. You hate to see it.

All odds courtesy of DraftKings sportsbook.

Should every NFC East team lose in Week 7 then - for the second week in a row - they will have as many wins collectively as the Dallas Cowboys do all by themselves. This season really is a ton of fun.

While we are being careful about getting too far ahead of ourselves we did expand upon this idea over on the Blogging The Boys YouTube Channel as we took a look at the most likely point in the season where Dallas will secure the NFC East. Spoiler... it isn’t all too far away.

Make sure to subscribe to the Blogging The Boys YouTube Channel (which you can do right here) as we will be keeping tabs on this idea in the coming weeks along with the rest of the videos that we put out.

Don’t forget that we are permanent fans of the Chicago Bears this season

Beyond the obvious things like rooting against division rivals there are other things that have our attention and will continue to do so throughout this NFL season. One of those things is the hopeful success of the Chicago Bears.

You will recall that after the Cowboys traded out of the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with the Eagles (when Philadelphia took DeVonta Smith and paid the Cowboys a third-rounder that became Chauncey Golston just to draft Micah Parsons) that Dave Gettleman shocked the world by executing a trade back for the first time in his career as the Giants moved back from 11th overall to 20th. That trade was with the aforementioned Bears.

Chicago jumped up nine spots to take quarterback Justin Fields who has gotten off to a less-than-spectacular start as the team’s full-time starting quarterback, but it is a long season. Part of the price that the Bears paid to move up was their first-rounder in 2022 so we want to see them win a lot and push that pick as far down as possible.

There is logic to rooting for Washington this week so that Green Bay (their opponent) can come a bit further down and therefore be within reach of the Bears in the NFC North. But we have to be rational with our wants and wishes!

We are also paying close attention to the AFC South race and hoping Indianapolis gets more firmly in it, all while rooting for the Dolphins as well

Just as much as we are paying attention to Chicago we are also keeping close eyes on the Indianapolis Colts and at a point where we need to see them have some serious success.

We talked about it during our State of the NFC East discussion earlier in the week, but you might have forgotten that Indy sent what could be their 2022 first-round pick to the Eagles over the offseason in exchange for Carson Wentz. As to why they did that remains a mystery.

The full terms of the trade between Indianapolis and Philly are that Wentz must play 75% of snaps for the Colts this season (or 70% if they are a playoff team) in order for the pick sent to the Eagles to be a first-rounder. If the threshold is not met then the pick is Indy’s second-rounder.

Wentz looks well on track to meet the playing time criteria which means it is safe to assume that Philly is getting the Colts’ first-round pick. Like Chicago’s, we obviously want to see this be as worse of a pick as possible which means the Colts need to get back into the AFC South race.

The Eagles may be a dysfunctional football team on the football field, but they currently have a third of the top nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft as they also own the first-rounder belonging to the Miami Dolphins. We need Miami to get it together and push that thing further back as well.

All told we aren’t asking for a lot from Week 7, just for five games to go our way. That seems pretty reasonable!

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