Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
CHICAGO — The playoff scenarios aren’t very complicated, as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned.
“I think we’ve had that. Really, a couple of weeks ago, we felt like we needed to win. We did that, so it’s going right back into it.”
The 7-6 Cowboys, who missed the playoffs the last two seasons after losing regular-season finales that were de facto NFC East title games, dropped a game behind the 8-5 Philadelphia Eagles in the division standings. Those teams will meet Week 17 at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in another potential win-or-go-home game.
Because the Cowboys won in Philadelphia on Oct. 20, Dallas controls its own playoff destiny. However, the only way the Cowboys are guaranteed to end a three-year postseason drought is to win its final three games.
“We’ve got to win them all at this point,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. “We can’t sit around and wait for Philadelphia to lose.”
Added defensive end DeMarcus Ware: “We just feel like we don’t want any margin of error. We want to win out and control our own destiny. That’s just the bottom line.”
The Eagles have an NFL-best five-game winning streak. Philadelphia faces the 3-9-1 Minnesota Vikings on the road and the 7-6 Bears at home before finishing the regular season against the Cowboys.
“If we can’t lose a division game, we can’t have another loss that Green Bay would give us, then it looks like we’ve got to just carry it on out,” owner/general manager Jerry Jones said, referring to winning the final three games of the regular season. “But that seems a little empty right this minute, right after we’ve just seen us have the inability to get a stop out here. That’s very frustrating. I can almost say it’s understandable, but that doesn’t make it acceptable.”
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