The Dallas Cowboys are currently sitting in fourth position in the NFC East on a 2-5 record. The playoffs may seem like a long way off considering the position they're in, but it really isn't that far away at all.
While they still sit at the bottom of the division, the New York Giants are only two wins ahead of them at the top of the division on a 4-4 record, followed by the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles in second and third respectively, both on 3-4 records.
The Cowboys' remaining divisional games include against the Eagles on Sunday, and two games against the Redskins at the start of December and January. Every single one of these games is winnable, even if Tony Romo isn't playing. They only lost 13-12 to the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, who are considerably better than their divisional rivals, so these wins should be easy to come by.
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The defense is playing much better than what it used to. Greg Hardy's temper tantums aside, he is an excellent player and a driving force for the Cowboys defense.
If they can all just stay cool headed, they can keep the team in a lot of games moving forward when the offense isn't playing well, just like last time out. Holding the current NFC Champions to 13 points is something they can be proud of.
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The offense is finally coming back together now too. Darren McFadden has emerged as the team's leading back, Dez Bryant is back playing wideout after recovering from his foot injury suffered in week one, and it won't be long until Tony Romo is back on the field too.
Romo and backup Matt Cassel are two very contrasting quarterbacks. Romo can get the team moving down the field through the air while Cassel simply can't. For two more games they'll have to put up with him, but as soon as Romo returns, it's going to be tough to stop the Cowboys winning the NFC East.
Bryant's numbers last week may not have been impressive, but he isn't going to play against Richard Sherman every week. He should start excelling again this weekend against the Eagles, and then once again when Romo returns.
Considering the roster which the Cowboys have, they should at least pick up one win in the next two games before Romo returns against the Miami Dolphins. They should be winning at least six of their remaining nine games this season and easily making the playoffs in what is a horrendous NFC East.
If they don't, then get ready for Shaquille O'Neal dressing up as a Dallas Cowboys cheeleader on the Rich Eisen show.