Formerly 7-3, riding atop the NFC East and considered a NFC title contender, the Cowboys (8-6) have lost three of their last four games.
They must win their final two games, against the Panthers on Saturday and
Jan. 1 against the Rams, and also hope for other wild-card contenders to
lose to have a realistic shot at the playoffs.
The Cowboys are on the brink of the biggest collapse in franchise
history. Never before has a Cowboys team won seven of its first 10 games and
failed to make the playoffs.
"It's one of those things that you look back on and it's going to be very
disappointing if we don't make (the playoffs)," Cowboys safety Keith Davis
"We had complete control of this whole season, and when you start looking
for help, that's out of your hands. You can't depend on somebody else to
help you. You do it yourself."
The question now is if they can do it at all. And do they have the will
to do it after last Sunday's 35-7 blowout loss to the Redskins?
Coach Bill Parcells doesn't know if his team is mature enough to handle
the situation. He said its youth and inexperience has been exposed over the
And he's certainly not confident.
"No, I don't (feel confident) right now," Parcells said. "Why would I?"
Nevertheless, Parcells has spent the past week acting the part. He said
enough people have been spouting doom and gloom around the team that it's
been his job to keep the players positive.
"I don't preach anything," Parcells said. "But the facts are the facts.
We still have a chance to do something. That is a positive. You don't have
to be astute to figure that out. I still think we have an opportunity. They
have been beat at home a couple of times."
SERIES HISTORY: 8th meeting. Dallas leads the series 4-3 and the Cowboys
have won four of the last five. Dallas and Carolina met in a 1996 divisional
playoff Game and a 2003 wild-card game, with the Panthers claiming victories
Playoffs on the Line
CowboysHQ Top Stories
Cowboys Ex Greg Hardy Arrested On Drug ChargeFish Kept Calling It The 'Uptown Flu' ... And Now Some Added Insight, Maybe As Cowboys Ex Greg Hardy Is Arrested On Drug Charges
Cowboys Top Bears: The 'Rise of the Bease'Five different Cowboys QBs can't be wrong, right? Not when they all put their trust in Cole Beasley, now the Cowboys' No. 2 wide receiver.
Youth Helps Cowboys Hurdle Bears, 31-17The Cowboys took care of the Bears 31-17 to finish September with a 2-1 record while dropping Chicgo to 0-3. Dallas' kids, and Dallas' health, are the big takeaways.
CowboysHQYesterday at 8:58 PM
Cowboys T. McClain + His Pal - His Big ToeARLINGTON - In preparation for tonight's Bears at Cowboys game, I go 1-in-1 with maybe Dallas' best player on D, Terrell McClain - and his new best friend, his so-far-cooperative…
CowboysHQYesterday at 6:34 AM
Cowboys 1st and 10: The Front Four ShuffleEach weekend I provide 10 quick hits on the Cowboys. Marinelli is turning to his tackles to create an edge rush, the debate about Romo’s job security is a little insulting, and…
CowboysHQSaturday at 1:00 PM