NFL Week 12: Time for the Dallas Cowboys to Seize Control of the NFC East

Craig HortonCorrespondent INovember 22, 2011

The time is now for Romo and the Cowboys.
The time is now for Romo and the Cowboys.Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys head into their annual Thanksgiving home game on a three-game winning streak.

Despite the winning streak, they are still inconsistent at times. There were times during the Washington game that the team, especially quarterback Tony Romo,appeared to be out of sync.

However, with the Giants loss to Philadelphia, there is a perfect storm brewing that could begin to turn the NFC East race in the Cowboys favor.

A look at the remaining schedules of the NFC East teams should point to a sunny future for the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys- Miami, at Arizona, New York Giants, at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, at New York Giants.

This is a fairly easy schedule with only one team—the Giants—currently above .500. To make it even better, they don't play back-to-back road games again this year.

The Cowboys are good enough to win every one of these games. That might be a little unrealistic, but, if they stay focused and play 60 minutes each week, it is a possibility.

New York Giants- at New Orleans, Green Bay, at Dallas, Washington, at New York Jets, Dallas.

The Giants had a tough loss to the Eagles last week. The last thing they need are consecutive games with the Saints and Packers. If they lose both, their season could go down the drain.

If they can upset either New Orleans or Green Bay, split with Dallas and take care of the Redskins and Jets, it could be enough to get into the playoffs.

Philadelphia Eagles- New England, at Seattle, at Miami, New York Jets, at Dallas, Washington.

The Eagles are still a long-shot to win the NFC East. The schedule looks a little lighter with Seattle, Miami, Washington and the fading Jets.

Following a tough game against New England, they must fly on a short week to play Seattle on a Thursday night. That one will not be as easy as some might think.

Washington Redskins- at Seattle, New York Jets, New England, at New York Giants, Minnesota, at Philadelphia.

The Redskins are only in this conversation because they are in the NFC East. Their chances of actually winning this division are approximately the same of a person's chances to win the lottery.

The Redskins are currently on a six-game losing streak. It is a possibility that they could lose every game they have left.

Conclusion- The Cowboys are facing a 3-7 Miami Dolphins team at home on Thanksgiving. Despite the record, Miami has won three straight and shouldn't be overlooked. Philadelphia and the New York Giants could both lose this week to division leaders. The Cowboys need a 60-minute game Thursday because the time is now to seize control of the NFC East.