This gives fans of the Cowboys some room for hope. If the team can go 6-2 over the final eight weeks, a record of 10-6 would most likely put the Cowboys in the playoffs. I do not believe they will go 6-2, however.
Because of offensive weakness in the red zone that is proving to be a persistent problem, along with a weak third down conversion rate and turnovers, I believe the Cowboys will not make the playoffs. As a fan, I hope I’m wrong, of course, but the numbers just don’t add up.
I expect the Cowboys to go 2-2 against the remaining division opponents, beating the Giants once and either the Redskins or Eagles, but not both. Dallas would have to sweep the other four remaining opponents to have a 10-6 record and make the playoffs.
Before game nine against the Buffalo Bills at Cowboys Stadium, I will write an article on Dallas’ defense at the midpoint. Perceived as the team’s strength, the success of the remainder of the season may well rest in the hands of the Rob Ryan-coached defense.