The time has come for the NFL to do its weekly song and dance and this week the Dallas Cowboys will be meeting in the center of the dance floor with the Denver Broncos as they search for their seventh win in a row. It feels likely that Dallas will moonwalk to victory, but given the state of their season and the success that they are having, there is a bit more at stake on a week-to-week basis than just whether or not they win their own game (which is obviously the top priority).
Every week we put together a rooting guide based off of the circumstances surrounding the Cowboys at the moment. We have several different things that we are rooting for, with various levels of priority, so it’s helpful to have them all consolidated in one place.
As always we are rooting against the other NFC East teams
Washington is on bye this week which is really the only reason why they will definitively avoid another loss on the season, but both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants will be in action this week and will both be playing AFC West teams.
Dallas has already played and beaten the Los Angeles Chargers, but they will have a Thanksgiving Day showdown with Rich Bisaccia’s Las Vegas Raiders in a few weeks. For now we are hoping that both squads take down Philly and New York.
- Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) at New York Giants (2-6)
- Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
Both NFC East teams in these contests will be at home although that hasn’t exactly helped them a ton as of late. Should they both lose this week, and the Cowboys get another win, then at the conclusion of Week 9 the Dallas Cowboys will have more wins on their own than the entire rest of the NFC East does combined. Wouldn’t that be something.
We are always keeping an eye on the 2022 NFL Draft as well
Next year’s first-round picks for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears belong to the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, respectively, so we obviously want to see them win and push those as far back as possible. Lately they haven’t been doing a good job of that.
This is sort of a promising week for that though, at least for one win to happen. What’s more is that we already got one win in this regard as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the New York Jets on Thursday night, a reminder that Philadelphia will very likely own Indy’s first-rounder as well in 2022.
- New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, Colts won 45-30
- Houston Texans (1-7) at Miami Dolphins (1-7)
- Chicago Bears (3-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Miami theoretically has the better chance of winning this week, but the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is dreadful. Perhaps Justin Fields can get it done. Maybe. Probably not.
Attention also belongs on the rest of the NFC
This season has been a lot of fun for Dallas Cowboys fans and we are obviously looking to keep the party going as long as possible. That means winning it all.
Playoff positioning is important for teams that win the Super Bowl and the first-round bye is critical. Whether or not the Cowboys are able to be the top seed in the NFC requires a lot more action between now and the end of the regular season, but the first priority before we get there needs to be securing one of the top three seeds. That way Dallas does not host the loser of the NFC West in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs if they aren’t the top seed.
At present moment the Cowboys odds of being one of the top three seeds are over 75% which is encouraging. Each win of theirs will only help their cause as will each loss from the rest of the division leaders.
Speaking of 75%, three of the four divisions in the NFC look to be a wrap even as we approach the midway point on the year. The aforementioned NFC West is the only one with any sort of true competition which means we are rooting for four different teams to pick up losses, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a bye this week.
- Green Bay Packers (7-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)
- Arizona Cardinals (7-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
- Tennessee Titans (6-2) at Los Angeles Rams (7-1)
Aaron Rodgers will be notably absent for the Packers as he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. His status for Green Bay’s game next week against the Seattle Seahawks (when Russell Wilson could return by the way) is also somewhat in doubt, but we are still a ways away from that.
Additionally both Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins are questionable for the Cardinals entering the weekend. Nobody ever wants to see a player miss time due to injury, but it goes without saying that these players are all important to the success of their team.