Cowboys face must win game
The Dallas Cowboys long shot chance at the post-season will be completely extinguished on Sunday if they fail to defeat the visiting Seattle Seahawks in Arlington.
That's the simple scenario for a Dallas side that is currently 8-6 on the season and with a crucial tiebreaking loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Indeed a Falcons victory against the Saints in New Orleans will end all playoff hopes for the Cowboys regardless of the result in Dallas.
But for now the Cowboys must move ahead hosting the Seahawks with a trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on tap for Week 17.
Dallas has won three in a row and got the better of the Raiders at the Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday.
Quarterback Dak Prescott was picked off twice while completing 18-of-27 for 212 and no touchdowns through the air although the former Mississippi State Bulldog did score once on the ground.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott returns from his suspension and has apparently spent the time away working on improving his overall fitness.
Just like Tom Brady last year where his suspension ultimately seemed to work in the favour of the New England Patriots late in the season, the Cowboys could actually benefit from the rest that Elliott has had, if they can make it to the post-season.
That seems unlikely at the moment with both NFC Wild Cards expected to come from the NFC South, but stranger things have happened down the stretch in the NFL.
The Cowboys are 1213.00 to win the NFC with the Minnesota Vikings 1.57 and the LA Rams priced at 1213.00.
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