Arizona and Dallas, who already have their ticket to the postseason tied, measure their forces in search of improving their position in the NFC seed
In just four months, the defense of the Dallas cowboys accomplished the unthinkable: Transforming question marks into exclamation marks.
Now, from the explosive Micah Parsons and an aggressive scheme by coordinator Dan Quinn, Dallas it is at the height of its offensive dynamics. And something else.
With two weeks remaining on the regular calendar, the Cowboys They lead the NFL in points per game (30.5) and steals (33). In league history, only five teams have been able to finish a season at the helm in both departments – and this is where the good news comes for Dallas– three of them have made it to the Super Bowl.
“We all understand where we are,” said the head coach of the Cowboys, Mike McCarthy. “This is going to be a playoff game. We both need this game and I think we’ll see it that way on Sunday.”
The Cowboys (11-4), who have already secured their first divisional title since 2018, will seek to send a notice to the rest of the conference on Sunday when they host some Arizona cardinals (10-5) overwhelmed by doubts.
Arizona– which last season jettisoned a 6-3 start by losing five of its last seven games – is going through a three-game losing streak that threatens to turn into a debacle of similar proportions to 2020.
It is easy to identify the problems that the Cardinals. The absence of all-star catcher DeAndre Hopkins and quarterback Kyler Murray’s drastic decline in the level of play since he reappeared in Week 13 have Arizona with just 19.5 points per game in his last six games.
Reversing that trend on Sunday seems like an uphill road for Murray and company. Not only will they face a defense that has allowed 20 points in just one of its last seven games and has stolen 14 balls in its last four games.
They will also have on the other side an attack of Dallas He regained his explosiveness in last week’s 56-point display and is 6-1 when scoring more than 30 points this season.
That balance has Dallas back in the playoffs and still in contention for first place in the National Conference, which grants a precious week of rest.
However, a setback could be extremely painful in a crowded scene within the NFC that does not allow margin of error.
Heading to the playoffs
In the American Conference:
Kansas city He has already secured the title of the Western Division. A victory and a defeat of Tennessee would guarantee him the first place of the AFC and rest in the first round of playoffs.
Cincinnati: Secure the Northern Division with a victory. A combination of results could give him his place in the playoffs.
Tennessee: Secure the Southern Division with a victory. A combination of results could give him his place in the playoffs.
Indianapolis: Secure your playoff spot with a win.
Buffalo Y New england They could also seal their playoff berth, but they need a win or draw and other results.
In the National Conference:
Green bay He has already secured the title of the North Division. A victory and a defeat of Dallas would guarantee him the first place of the NFC and rest in the first round of playoffs.
Dallas: You have already secured the title of the East Division.
Tampa bay: You have already secured the title of the South Division.
Rams: Already has a playoff spot and could secure the West Division with a win coupled with a loss of Arizona.
Arizona: You have already secured a postseason spot.
San Francisco Y Philadelphia They could also seal their playoff berth, but they need a win or draw and other results.