NFL Picks Week 10: Dallas Cowboys in Desperate Need of a Win vs. Buffalo

Troy MaurielloContributor INovember 8, 2011

Tony Romo will have to deal with the Bills defense, who lead the league in interceptions
Tony Romo will have to deal with the Bills defense, who lead the league in interceptionsJeff Gross/Getty Images

The first half of the 2011 NFL season been a rollercoaster ride for the Cowboys and their fans without a doubt.

Many could make a claim that this team should be 7-1 if it didn't blow fourth-quarter leads against the Jets, Lions and Patriots. But the same claim could be made that they should be 2-6 with close wins against San Francisco and Washington.

The Cowboys stand relatively in the middle of that at 4-4. 

After being 2-2, a close loss to New England hurt this team but it didn't kill them. There was still plenty of football to be played.

The same thing happened when they were 3-3 and got blown out by the Eagles. Both losses were setbacks, but there was still optimism surrounding the team. 

A loss to Buffalo on Sunday may have this team digging its own grave. A loss to Buffalo would have the Cowboys at 4-5 and even with seven games to go, it would be a tough hole to dig out of. 

A 4-5 record would force them to have to go 6-1 in their final seven games just to have a shot at the playoffs. In that stretch, they face the Giants twice, the Eagles and the Buccaneers on the road.

Is it impossible? No, but a win versus Buffalo would make this road a lot easier. 

The Cowboys need this win and I think they will get it, but don't think that Buffalo will not come in charged up.

After being blown out by the Jets on their home field, the Bills are also in need of a huge victory. A win would put them at 6-3 and give them at least a share of first place in the AFC East. 

Dallas knows that its biggest chance to make the playoffs is to win the division and they have a great chance to make up a game on the Giants, which travels to San Francisco.

A win coupled with a Giants loss could put the Cowboys just a game out of first place with two games left with New York. 

The Cowboys and coach Jason Garrett know how big this game is. They know how a win could greatly increase their playoff chances.

Now it's time to produce that win on Sunday.