It’s now or never for the Dallas Cowboys. Or should I say head coach Jason Garrett.
In his two full seasons as the head man of America’s team, Garrett has posted a 16-16 record with no playoff appearances. But finally his team has a strong chance at clinching a post season bid, and even an NFC East title.
To think, all Garrett needed was the rest of the division to collapse.
Through week nine here’s where we stand in the NFC East:
Even with all the help, Dallas has just a one game lead in the division.
Despite everything, Garrett’s golden ticket to a long tenure in Big D comes down to these last seven games. Fortunately for him, his team’s schedule sets up nicely.
If you haven’t already seen this stat, here it is. All of Dallas’ five wins have come against teams with records under .500. Conversely the Cowboys’ four loses all occurred against teams above .500.
Should that trend continue Dallas would finish the 2013 season 9-7, which should lock up the division crown (and a playoff spot).
That accounts for road wins against the Giants and Redskins, and home victories against the Raiders (3-5) and Eagles.
Unfortunately for Jerry Jones’ bunch it’s never that easy. The Cowboys are the NBA equivalent to a ball-stopper, ala Carmelo Anthony. There is no flow, and momentum can change in an instant.
That being said, the path to the postseason would be much easier should Dallas steal a win against just one of its remaining plus-500 opponents (Saints, Bears, Packers).
But if somehow the Cowboys don’t win the NFC East, in a down year like this, Jason Garrett will surely be out of a job by season’s end.