Quiet as it’s kept though, the Cowboys aren’t either, with their defense seeing the impactful return of All-Pro pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and the likely return of both Neville Gallimore and Randy Gregory in Week 14 against the Washington Football Team.
The Yellow Brick Road
As it stands, the Cardinals, Packers and Buccaneers are the only three clubs with better records than the Cowboys in the NFC, and things could go to the wire, especially with the Rams ending their three-game slide in Week 13 against the wholly disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars. They’ll not only need to finish strong and hope the Cardinals lose to the Rams in Week 14, and then get caught off-guard by a team like the Colts in Week 16 and/or the Seahawks in Week 18 – with the matchup against the Cowboys sandwiched in-between. Should the Cardinals drop three of their last five and the Cowboys four of their last five, they’ll both finish at 12-5, and then eyes turn to the Packers and Rams to determine everyone’s fate atop the NFC.
Can Aaron Rodgers, who is without sufficient protection on his blindside due to injury and is himself playing with a broken toe, run the table to end the season? Romantically speaking, many will say yes, but keep in mind the Packers lost two of their last four games going into their bye week.