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Despite Woeful Weeden, Cowboys Can Still Win NFC East



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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Matt Cassel #16 of the Dallas Cowboys passes as Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys and Brandon Weeden #3 of the Dallas Cowboys watch before the start of their NFL game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

    The Cowboys picked a good year to play in a bad division.

    Outside of the AFC South, the NFC East is the worst division in the NFL. When the Eagles beat the Giants tonight the leader will be 3-3. In other words, the Cowboys at 2-3 are far from out of any race.

    Those of you writing off the “lost season” are, honestly, premature and naïve.

    For a couple reasons: Matt Cassel gives the Cowboys a better chance to win because he can – and will – throw the ball downfield. The schedule isn’t as spooky as you think. And, remember, by Thanksgiving you’ll have a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

    To me they need to go 2-2 the next four weeks to stay in the race for the division championship. That’s right, just to get Thanksgiving at 4-5 and you get Romo, etc. the final seven games. But when you’ve lost three in-a-row how do you go 2-2. Like this:

    The next four games are against the Giants, Seahawks, Eagles and Buccaneers – otherwise known as four mediocre teams with a combined record of 9-12. Dallas has already beaten New York and we’ve seen the Giants self-destruct. Seattle was booed off its home field Sunday afternoon. Dallas also has already beaten Philadelphia. And Tampa Bay is led by a rookie quarterback with few offensive weapons.

    Going .500 for a month is doable with Cassel. And the Cowboys still winning the NFC East remains realistic.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.