Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Win Means Tougher Road To Playoffs For Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles were forced to sit idly “bye” this weekend as their divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, took control of the NFC East by defeating the New York Giants 24-21 on a last second field goal on Sunday. The win took away Philadelphia’s sole possession of first place in the worst division in football and placed the Cowboys somewhat in the driver’s seat. Dallas has a softer upcoming schedule then Philly and they also defeated them in Week Seven, 17-3. The Cowboys are currently undefeated against all divisional opponents. The Eagles are 3-2 in that same category.

As you can see below, the Eagles upcoming schedule is not favorable and seemingly much tougher than the Cowboys:

Phil;adelphia Eagles (6-5)

Week 13 – Arizona (7-4)
Week 14 – Detroit (6-5)
Week 15 – @ Minnesota (2-8-1)
Week 16 – Chicago (6-5)
Week 17 – @ Dallas (6-5)

Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

Week 13 – Oakland (4-7)
Week 14 – @ Chicago (6-5)
Week 15 – Green Bay (5-5-1)
Week 16 – @ Washington (3-7)
Week 17 – Philadelphia (6-5)

The Eagles will face four teams with winning records in the next five games. Whereas the Cowboys face just two. Again, it all could come down to the final matchup against one another, which would be bad news for the Cowboys. They have lost in their final game each of the last two seasons as both matchups had their playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

Here’s the good news: The Cowboys win all but eliminated the New York Giants chances of making a playoff run. At 4-7, the Giants still have the (5-6) San Diego Chargers, the (10-1) Seattle Seahawks and the (6-5) Detroit Lions on the schedule.  Those games are squeezed between two matchups against the (3-7) Washington Redskins, who sit dead last in the NFC East.

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  • Todd

    The Cowboys have a cake walk of a schedule left. One team with a winning record and they will still lose. They BARELY beat a pitiful Giants team. The Eagles have a tough road now doubt. The NFL made sure the Cowboys have it easy because that is the only way they will get to the playoffs. Maybe. IF they make it to the playoffs, and I mean IF; they will lose in the first round.