By Eric Schmidt

The New York Giants now find themselves atop the NFC East division, while the Dallas Cowboys trail them by 2 games. Both teams have yet to delve into deep divisional matchups, but at this point, can the Dallas Cowboys catch the Giants to win the East title?

On the surface, you would think that the Dallas Cowboys have the early edge based solely on their schedule. Dallas as a more favorable schedule moving forward, but is the schedule alone going to be enough to make up a two-game deficit down the stretch? It could, seeing that the Giants and Cowboys square off twice within a four-week span, but Dallas is going to have to perform better than they did yesterday.

Yes, Dallas came away with a 23-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks, but if the Cowboys are truly a playoff team, they are going to have to be more dominant in their last eight games of the season. Against Seattle, Dallas allowed a poor Seahawks team to gain 381 total yards on offense, they allowed Seattle 162 yards on the ground. At the conclusion of the third quarter, Seattle was within a touchdown of a share of the lead.

This should have been a statement game by the Cowboys coming off an embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. The club surrendered a disturbing amount of rushing yards to the 30th ranked run offense. They allowed a Seattle team which is 1-4 on the road to hand around far too long. Dallas’ offense should have had this game put away by halftime.

WR Miles Austin is now slated to miss between two to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Keeping offensive weapons healthy has been an issue for the Cowboys with WR Dez Bryant and RB Felix Jones dealing with injuries as well as Bryant all season long.

Dallas has now only won two of their last five contests, alternating wins and loses the last four weeks. Until this team is able to show some serious consistency moving forward, I have a feeling that the Cowboys will be on the outside looking in when the music stops at the end of the regular season and an 8-8 record is looking reasonable.

Does head coach Jason Garrett get another season, or is Jeff Fisher looming on the horizon for Dallas in 2012?

 

 

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