In an eerily similar situation to last year, the Dallas Cowboys control their own playoff destiny with just two games left in the regular season. All season, Dallas played to get to this exact point, where they do not have to rely on any outside help to finally get back to the postseason for the first time since 2009. With a home game this weekend against the Saints and a road game in Washington to end the season, the Cowboys can clinch the NFC East by winning both of those games. Due to the recent slip-ups by the Giants, and the up and down play of the Redskins, the Cowboys control their season at just the right time. The first step towards a postseason return is to win this Sunday in what should be a difficult game against the Saints in Dallas.
It is interesting to see how the Cowboys have gotten to this point. At the start of the season, they came out like a team on a mission, dispatching the Giants in the season opener and looking to be the class of the NFC East. Then, they stumbled for a few games, finding themselves at 2-3 and later at 3-5 on the edge of falling apart once again. Since then, however, they have been on quite a roll, only losing at home to the rookie sensation RGIII on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys have responded since that game by winning three straight games, all in close games, and often have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win the game. With their recent success, the Cowboys once again control their hopes, just like last year. Dallas fans can only hope that week 17 will end in a better result than last year, and that the Cowboys can finally make the playoffs again.