If you’re the Dallas Cowboys, this part of the season is where your Michelins have to meet the asphalt. Having narrowly lost to Tom Brady and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to start the 2021 regular season, the Cowboys rode an offensive surge led by Dak Prescott and his smörgåsbord of weapons to a six-game win streak that was complemented mightily by the emergence of rookie first-round pick Micah Parsons as the league’s newest defensive phenom and a blistering interception tally from former second-round pick Trevon Diggs that is now just one step away from making history.
The good times came to a screeching halt, however, when they consumed their own Velveeta before facing the Denver Broncos in Week 9, and that led to a November to forget — floundering to a 1-3 record in that month. Because of those midseason failings, a December many thought would see the Cowboys operating on autopilot as they flew toward the NFC East crown became anything but, with each of their final six regular season games instantly becoming must-wins, be it to clinch the division crown, a playoff berth and/or keep them in striking distance for the top seed in the NFC.
It’s the final stretch of what still has the chance to be a very, very special year for Dallas, but only if they finish their food going forward, and that also means not allowing lesser teams to have hope in games when there shouldn’t be any left for them, along with squaring off against another NFC heavyweight before the regular season concludes.
Let’s take a look at how they can scrape the plate clean en route to SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI.
Key schedule observations
Can clinch NFC East with win in rematch vs. WFTTwo division battles in final three contestsTwo-game homestand in final three contests
Biggest need: Return to orbit on offense
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