For Dallas Cowboys, Playoffs Have Already Begun

By Ben Grimaldi


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If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan and you want to see them in the playoffs, the formula could not be any simpler, win and you’re in. That’s the only thing you need to know about the scenario this weekend, a fact that 99.9% of you already know so I’m not breaking any news here.

However, if you havn’t noticed, the playoffs have already started for the Cowboys and they’ve been going on all December. There was no actual elimination game that could end the season like this week’s game against the Washington Redskins but the urgency has been there every week since the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. If a player was asked about the team’s post-season chances at that point in the season they all said the same thing, we have to win out to have any shot at the playoffs.

As it turns out, that wasn’t the case but they didn’t know that. The fact of the matter is 25 days ago everyone in the Cowboys locker room felt they needed to win their remaining five games in December to make the playoffs. Win, or their dreams of winning a Super Bowl were over; sounds like a playoff mentality to me.

Is that the reason we’re seeing the Dallas Cowboys play better football right now, because they felt if they lost their season was done? I don’t have the answer to that question, but I do know that good teams play their best football when their season is on the line, so I’m guessing making the playoffs is a big reason for how resilient the Cowboys have been in the past few games.

Will the Cowboys make up for last week with a win this weekend in Washington? I’ll save that prediction for a few days down the road, but if what we’ve seen from the Cowboys this month is any indication of how they play when their backs are against the wall, Cowboys fans should feel good.

The schedule says the playoffs start next weekend but in the case of the Dallas Cowboys, they’ve had a playoff mentality for weeks– it’s just that this time if they lose, they really do go home.

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