By Michael SchotteyThe Dallas Cowboys won their fifth Super Bowl in six seasons, but it’s time to take a closer look at how the franchise has done over the past decade, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Bianchi.
Bianchi wrote that the Cowboys are now a perennial contender for the NFC East title, which is currently occupied by the New England Patriots.
And the Cowboys have an even greater chance to win the NFC West, which currently holds the second- and third-most-desert-like spots in the NFL.
However, the Cowboys may not have a chance to keep their division title if the Patriots beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
If the Bears beat the Giants and the Packers win out, the division is still up for grabs.
And while the Cowboys should be able to keep the division, they’ll likely have to do it against the NFC’s top team, a team that has already played in the playoffs three times.
The Giants are coming off a win over the Seahawks on Sunday and are on the cusp of a win against the Steelers in Week 12.
The Steelers are tied for second place in the AFC North with the New York Jets and are riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Patriots are coming into their bye week and have won their past two games by a combined 17 points.
They’ve won eight straight games against teams that currently hold the No. 1 spot in the division.
The Bears have already played four of the last five meetings with the Cowboys, who last played in Week 3.
The Cowboys were outscored 29-14 in the first half in the 2011 season opener.