To win the NFC East title, they must sweep their last four games and finish 11-5.
To get to the playoffs, they must stub their toe just once and finish
with a 10-6 record. Considering their next three opponents, the road to
the playoffs via a wild card or division title is arduous.
The Cowboys (7-5) play host to the Chiefs (8-4) before back-to-back
road games against the Redskins (6-6) and the Panthers (9-3). They close
the season at home against the Rams.
"Snap your fingers and get us three of the next four," Cowboys
receiver Keyshawn Johnson said. "You are probably looking at two teams
out of our division (to make the playoffs). ... But, damn, the Redskins
are sitting right there, too."
The Cowboys are confident they can get it done. But coming off back-to-back
losses, including last Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Giants that featured
a no-show by the offense, they must play better.
"We've got a tough road," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. "We've
got to play a lot better than we did (Sunday) on offense."
If the season ended today, the Cowboys would claim the final wild-card
spot behind the Buccaneers (8-4). However, they must hold off the
Falcons (7-5) and Vikings (7-5) against a tough schedule.
The Cowboys say they can control only what they can control. And that
starts with taking care of business against the Chiefs on Sunday.
"Right now we can't worry about anybody else," tight end Dan Campbell
said. "We can still win the NFC East, but we can't worry about what New
York's doing. You've got to assume they're going to win out and we're
going for the wild card."
"(The way) we're looking at it, we've got to beat Kansas City, and
that is it," defensive tackle Jason Ferguson said. "Everything else
doesn't work if you don't beat Kansas City."
Updated Player Notes
--CB Aaron Glenn's status for the Chiefs game is still up in the air.
Results of the magnetic resonance imaging exam on his left ankle will
be revealed on Wednesday. Coach Bill Parcells believes he will be ready
but of course he needs to see him practice with confidence before he
puts him back in the lineup against the Chiefs.
--CB Anthony Henry's continued absence is a mystery to him as well as
frustrated coach Bill Parcells. Henry has missed three of the last four
games with a groin injury. This is unknown territory for him as he
missed only three games in the first four years of his career prior to
--S Keith Davis broke his hand when he hit it on a helmet on kickoff
coverage against the Giants. He will not miss any games as he will play
wearing a soft cast.
--WR Patrick Crayton didn't catch a pass against the Giants after
missing the previous five games with a sprained ankle. Crayton said it's
taking him longer than expected to find his groove, which doesn't sit
well with coach Bill Parcells. "He's been practicing for two weeks,"
Parcells said. "He should be pretty well back into it. I mean, if it
takes too much longer, the season will be over."
--FB Lousaka Polite was deactivated against the Giants because the
team needed to take an extra offensive lineman to the game just in case
center Al Johnson's surgically repaired knee didn't hold up. Johnson
played against the Giants just 10 days after having surgery to remove
loose cartilage from his knee.
--LB Mike Barrow, who signed with the Cowboys last week, didn't play
against the Giants. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said they couldn't find
a spot to get him in.
--QB Drew Bledsoe was considered an MVP candidate through the first
half of the season. He has been anything but the last four games,
tossing five interceptions and having an average passer rating of 67.32.
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