After winning the NFC East title last season, the Dallas Cowboys are finding it very difficult to repeat as champs. Jason Garrett's squad is in a bad position to finish the regular season in first place, and their overall playoff chances continue to get slimmer each week.
Tony Romo led Dallas to a 2-0 start, but the season has fallen apart since his injury. The quarterback suffered a broken collarbone in Week 2, and Garrett has been forced to play Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel in his place, losing all six games when either player has started.
At 2-6 in Week 10, the Cowboys are in last place in the NFC East, trailing the first-place New York Giants by 2.5 games. Bovada.lv gives them +1000 betting odds to win the division, even putting them behind the Washington Redskins. Dallas has two games remaining with the Redskins, but they will have a difficult time gaining ground against the Giants or Philadelphia Eagles, against whom the Cowboys have no remaining games. The Cowboys are 2-2 in the division.
The NFC East is the weakest division in the conference, and nine wins might be all it takes to win the title. But Dallas would need to run the table in order to get 10 victories, and they have one more game to play without Romo. The veteran quarterback can return in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins, and Cassel will get the start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are favored.
It might take at least 10 wins for a team to win an NFC wild-card spot, and the Cowboys won’t reach the playoffs if they don’t win the division. The Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons have the No.5 and No.6 seeds in the NFC, and both teams have six wins heading into Week 10.
Over their final eight games, the Cowboys have three winning teams on their schedule. Dallas will host the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets, and their road game against the Green Bay Packers might be their most difficult remaining contest. In Week 16, the Cowboys visit the Buffalo Bills, who are currently 4-4.
Yet, it remains possible that Dallas could go on a run and make a late push for the postseason. Romo will likely only miss one more game, and he’s gone 14-4 in his last 18 regular-season games. The Giants only have two more games left against sub-.500 teams, and the Eagles have three games remaining against first-place teams.
Dallas ranks 10th in the NFC with +3300 odds to make the Super Bowl. They have +6600 odds to win their first championship in 20 years.