A Showdown happens on December 29, in Arlington’s ATT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboy, for a third year, have to try and wrap up the NFC East title with a victory in Week 17 of the NFL season.
This season, unlike the last two seasons, it is the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the New York Giants. Will this be the season/game that get them over the hump and into the playoffs? We will find out, as this game has been pulled from it regular time slot to flex into prime-time on NBC Sunday Night Football.
This is yet another "win and you're in" situation for the Cowboys. A third time in a row. The question is, will they or won’t they.
There are already grumblings coming from many sources with in the NFL ranks that coaches are packing up their homes in case they will be moving on from Dallas in case of a loss. And why shouldn’t they?
The scapegoat that was Rob Ryan, caused a major change on the defensive side of the ball in 2013. Only to see them get worse as they had improved in two prior seasons. Now Ryan is in New Orleans going to go battle into the playoffs now with the Saints.
Wade Phillips in Houston, all he did was take a defense that was worse in the NFL to top 5 (although we know the success Phillips had in his first two seasons have been hampered by a floundering offense in Houston in 2013).
Two defensive coordinators gone out of Dallas (although Phillips was the head coach as well), that just leaves one other person who has escaped the unemployment line for the last three season for the Cowboys, and that is Jason Garrett.
If a loss happens, expect a quick move to replace Garrett, and get someone in quick. Who will it be? Heck an NFL coach could give some thought of coaching the Texas Longhorns more so than the Cowboys. Might even make more money there. However the fact still remains, the Cowboys now have to live up to the “best team in the NFL on paper” praises and get into the playoffs. It could be a long night for the fans in Dallas Sunday night.