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Cowboys playoff chase a mirage

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08:05 AM ET 12.27 | At 8-7 and with the playoffs on the line, how will Dallas respond? Will the Cowboys win? I have no idea. The safe bet is no. What I do know is should the Cowboys defeat the Fightin' Dan Snyders on Sunday night, it will be a nice accomplishment. But they will be a playoff team in name only, and in desperate need of changing their 2012 identity to win a game or two in January. My crack research department shows the Cowboys are 1-5 against the teams that are either in, or can still make, the playoffs. ... What the Cowboys need is a playoff field stacked with teams with losing records. These Cowboys are an impressive 6-2 against sub-.500 teams. Eight and seven is exactly where the Cowboys deserve to be.

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December 27, 2012  08:56 AM ET

The Cowboys' defense cannot keep up with RGIII.

December 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Strange as it may seem, I see a Cowboys victory this weekend.

December 27, 2012  09:51 AM ET

The Star-Telegram eh? I don't think I like their attitude.

December 27, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Star-Telegram eh? I don't think I like their attitude.

Not a cowboys fan, but I agree. Jeesh, they played some good football this year. At times, very good.

December 27, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good points, but the fact is, if the Boys win, they're in. And if you get in, you deserve it.That said, their playoff run would almost certainly be a brief one. But you never know. The Giants won it all last year after finishing 9-7 and sneaking in as a 6 seed.

Good point! Win your in, and a playoff victory is not impossible. Two or three? Highly unlikely.

December 27, 2012  10:52 AM ET

The Cowboys are getting healthy, Romo looks pretty good of late and the Redskin defense gives up way too many yards. I think it will be a shootout this weekend.

December 27, 2012  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Star-Telegram eh? I don't think I like their attitude.

Mac Engle is a complete buffoon. His continued employment relegates the Star-Telegram to New York Post status.

December 27, 2012  11:15 AM ET

This weekend is almost like wildcard weekend with some of the games. I might actually change channels from the Red Zone and watch an actual game!

December 27, 2012  11:41 AM ET

I don't see the "mirage" factor. They are in the hunt because if they win their next game they are in the playoffs--that isn't a mirage, it's a contest. They might lose, but there isn't any "mirage" about it.

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December 27, 2012  11:50 AM ET

Cowboys playoff chase a mirage

It will take a miracle rivaling that of walking on water. But .... it's good somebody's optimistic.

December 27, 2012  11:52 AM ET

One way or the other, it will be a great football game.

December 27, 2012  01:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Cowboys' defense cannot keep up with RGIII.

my exact thoughts..... hoping for a win, but with post season play on the line and playing in DC being one of the tough places to win.... plus you ad RG3 and i would not place my money on dallas if i was in vegas.

December 27, 2012  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Star-Telegram eh? I don't think I like their attitude.

HAH! LOL!!

December 27, 2012  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Mac Engle is a complete buffoon. His continued employment relegates the Star-Telegram to New York Post status.

Agreed - the "Startlegram" got rid of the wrong Engel. His wife was the better sportswriter of the two, by a long shot.

December 27, 2012  05:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Agreed - the "Startlegram" got rid of the wrong Engel. His wife was the better sportswriter of the two, by a long shot.

True - and she was annoying as hell.

That step in quality down to him is steep.

December 27, 2012  07:18 PM ET

I love it when making the playoffs is decided by two teams on the last day of the season.

December 27, 2012  08:01 PM ET
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The Cowboys' defense cannot keep up with RGIII.

You may be right. And as a Redskin fan I hope you are. But the 'Skins defense is a bit less than ordinary and I'd be surprised if they do much in the playoffs...assuming they get there. I'm already pleasantly surprised with their year. RGIII is great. Now, let's get some defense.

 
December 28, 2012  12:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good points, but the fact is, if the Boys win, they're in. And if you get in, you deserve it.That said, their playoff run would almost certainly be a brief one. But you never know. The Giants won it all last year after finishing 9-7 and sneaking in as a 6 seed.

xactly

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