Cowboys playoff picture shapes up

The Dallas Cowboys are 6-6 overall and one game out of first place in the NFC East to the first-place New York Giants. However, despite being tied with the Washington Redskins for second place, the Cowboys are behind their hated NFC East rivals in the playoff standings.

As of today, the Cowboys lose a tiebreaker with Washington, a result of their Thanksgiving Day loss. However if the Cowboys finished tied with Minnesota or Tampa Bay, they win the tiebreaker because of a better conference record. Dallas' conference record is 5-5, with two more NFC games, New Orleans and Washington, remaining on the schedule.

It would seem the Cowboys need to win out to clinch the NFC East with 10 wins. If Dallas gets nine wins, a potential wildcard berth still doesn't guarantee a postseason appearance. The Cowboys lose a tiebreaker with Seattle, a result of a Week 2 loss.