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Could The Cowboys Wrap Up The East By December 11?

Dan Graziano over on ESPN's NFL East division blog has determined that it's possible for the Cowboys to clinch the NFC East by December 11, with three weeks remaining in the season. That seems extremely unlikely until you look more closely at schedules.

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If the Cowboys win in Arizona on Sunday, the Giants lose to the Packers on Sunday, the Cowboys beat the Giants in Dallas on Dec. 11 and the Eagles lose at least one of their next two games, the Cowboys will have clinched the division. The Cowboys would be 9-4 and the Giants would be 6-7 with three games left to play, but the Cowboys would own the key tiebreaker against the Giants, which would be conference record.

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He goes on to explain how the first three tiebreakers, under a scenario where the Cowboys lose their last three, would still not go the Giants' way. If nothing else, this is a good reminder of how the Cowboys control their destiny.

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