2014 NFC Playoff Picture: Chicago Bears Can Play Spoiler

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Dallas Cowboys (8-4)

The Dallas Cowboys come to town after a disappointing home loss to the NFC East leading Philadelphia on Thanksgiving.  If the playoffs started today, the 8-4 Cowboys would be on the outside looking in on January football.  The Cowboys trail the 9-3 Eagles by a full game for the division and lose the tie-breaker to the 8-4 Seahawks and 8-4 Lions by virtue of their respective conference records.

Besides the Bears, the Cowboys still have road division games against the Eagles and Redskins and a home date against the Colts.  The good news for Dallas is they are 5-0 on the road this season.  The bad news?  They’re accustomed to late-season collapses and all of the ingredients are there for another disappointing finish after a strong start for the ‘Boys.