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Cowboys news: Dallas has a chance to steal the NFC East from the Eagles

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Path to NFC East crown present after Eagles loss - Nick Harris,

The Cowboys winning the division is still a possibility.

The two results have the Eagles and Cowboys tied once again at the top of the division, this time at 10-4 with three games to go.

“It was marvelous,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said about the Eagles loss on Monday night. “I watched every bit of it. I was about to doze (off) and then when they made those two plays at the end … I couldn’t sleep until 4 this morning because of the impact it can have on our year and our season.”

The remaining schedules for both teams will see the Cowboys travel to Miami before coming home to face Detroit and going back on the road to face Washington, while the Eagles will host the Giants and Cardinals before a rematch with the Giants in New York.

For the Cowboys to win the NFC East, they will need the Eagles to lose one of their final three games while also either winning out or only losing one game to Detroit or Miami. A loss to Washington would almost certainly write Dallas in as the five seed in the NFC.

If both teams win out, the fifth tiebreaker rule would be enacted after the two teams would have the same head-to-head record, same division record, same record against common opponents and same conference record. That tiebreaker would look at the win percentage of all teams that each team has beaten, which gives the edge to Philadelphia as of Week 16. It’s not a given that the Eagles would win that tiebreaker at season’s end, but it is highly likely.

Can Cowboys silence a narrative of late-season futility? Dolphins are their next big test - Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News

Dallas has shown to be a dominant team in December under Mike McCarthy.

Mike McCarthy said he’s not someone to “burn the tape.” It’s a football expression derived from a poor performance on the field and how quickly you move on from it.

McCarthy’s Cowboys were beaten 31-10 by the Bills on Sunday, and the head coach wanted his team to remember what happened in film reviews, but also to move on.

It’s hard to forget what occurred in Orchard Park, N.Y., to a Cowboys team that was outplayed in all areas. More important, that loss represented the possibility of this season spiraling out of control if some of the problems this Cowboys team holds aren’t solved.

Yes, the Cowboys are in the postseason for the third consecutive year, but a faulty finish might translate into an early playoff exit.

“Hey, this gauntlet of games is laid out nice for us and this is an example of it,” McCarthy said Monday. “None of us feel good about what happened in Buffalo yesterday. That’s not who we are, as far as how we believe in our team.”

The Cowboys fell to 3-4 on the road with two more contests away from AT&T Stadium remaining. The Week 16 opponent is the Dolphins, 6-1 at home and averaging a nifty 35.8 points per game in South Florida. As it stands, the Cowboys are slated to become the No. 5 seed in the postseason with an expected road game against the No. 4 seed, most likely the winner of the NFC South.

How Can Sunday’s Loss Can Propel the Dallas Cowboys to Victory Against the Miami Dolphins? - Jess Nevarez, Pro Football Network

The Dallas Cowboys are historically great coming off losses.

How Can the Cowboys Win?

The Cowboys need to overcome their self-inflicted wounds — especially in the form of penalties. They currently lead the NFL in total penalties, which has been an issue in all their losses this season.

The run defense has also been a recurring issue for the team, posing a solid run threat. Although there is no timeline for DT Johnathan Hankins’ return, DLs Mazi Smith and Carl Davis Jr. will likely have to step in once again.

With 12 missed tackles against the Bills, all eyes will be on how well the Cowboys’ defense completes tackles in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

As for the offense, QB Dak Prescott has played lights out in the second half of the season. But after only having 134 passing yards in this game, how can the offense find its spark again? Will the team be able to establish the run and pick up where they left off before the Miami game?

How Brandon Aubrey went from pro soccer to Cowboys kicker - Todd Archer, ESPN

The incredible story of Brandon Aubrey.

When they were strangers brought together by a common friend and the thought that one day they would be Dallas Cowboys teammates was unfathomable, Dak Prescott was doing his best to distract Brandon Aubrey.

This was about a year into Aubrey’s journey to the NFL — when dreaming of playing for his hometown team, making the first 31 field goal attempts of his career and becoming the league’s scoring leader as a rookie seemed outlandish.

Heck, just months earlier in 2019, Aubrey was kicking side by side with middle and high schoolers.

Prescott shot a text to Aubrey’s kicking coach, Brian Egan, a friend and teammate at Mississippi State, asking what Egan was doing. Egan was at the Warren Sports Complex in Frisco, Texas, working out a couple of his kickers, including Aubrey. It’s 7 miles away from The Star, but galaxies away from the NFL.

The Cowboys quarterback told Egan he was coming over.

“At the time, neither of them knew [Prescott was coming],” Egan said. “They knew me and him had a relationship from being good friends in college, but this was a surprise treat for the boys. It did put a little extra pressure on them, like, ‘Let’s see what they can do.’”

Soon, Prescott set up a kicking competition and was barking instructions. The winner would get $200.

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