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The Cowboys will face the New York Giants on the road on New Year's Day in a game that could determine their playoff future.
The final five games of the Cowboys regular season consists of three away games: at Arizona (12/4), at Tampa Bay (12/17) and at New York Giants (1/1); and two home games: New York Giants (12/11) and Philadelphia Eagles (12/24)
The Cowboys will start December on the road in Arizona, a place that has given the Cowboys troubles in recent years. The last time the Cowboys played at University of Phoenix Stadium, they lost both Tony Romo and Mat McBriar in a devastating overtime loss. The Cardinals are only 4-7 this season and should not be tough for the Cowboys to handle.
The following week the Cowboys will face their division rival New York Giants for the first of two games between the teams down the stretch. The Giants started the season 6-2, but after three strait losses, they find themselves at 6-5 and fighting for a playoff spot. The Giants defense has been one of the worst in the league, and their rushing attack ranks dead last with only 82 yards per game.
Tampa Bay is another very winnable game for the Cowboys. The Buccaneers have lost five strait games and seem to be falling apart.
Luckily, the Cowboys' Christmas Eve matchup against the Eagles is at home, so the players will not need to worry about being pelted by battery filled snowballs being thrown by a guy in a santa suit.
The NFL's version of the Miami Heat, the Eagles came into the season appearing to be the most talented team in the NFL but have underperformed all season long. Cowboys fans should still be worried about this game as the Eagles handed the Cowboys their worst loss of the season in the teams first matchup, winning 34-7.
The final game of the season will be the second game against the Giants in a four-week span. The game at the Meadowlands could very likely determine which team will represent the NFC East in the playoffs.
At best, the Cowboys could finish the season 4-1, giving them an 11-5 overall record, or as bad as 2-3, leaving them with a 9-7 record and likely out of the playoffs.
Prediction: 3-2 in final five games, overall 10-6 record. Fourth place in NFC.