Playoff contenders present next obstacles
Even with victories, Dallas may need help to qualify for the postseason.
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys barely beat two teams going nowhere and couldn’t hang with Robert Griffin III in a loss during their three-game home stand.
Now the schedule turns to winning teams fighting for the playoffs, and the Cowboys need those games and probably some help in getting to the postseason.
Dallas visits Cincinnati on Sunday before returning home to face Pittsburgh. The Bengals and Steelers are tied for second in the AFC North at 7-5, and are probably in the wild-card hunt because they trail Baltimore by two games.
The Cowboys (6-6) spent the past few weeks figuring they needed to win the NFC East to get in, though they could be in the wild-card mix, too.
“Each game, obviously, we’re playing for our playoff lives,” said Tony Romo, who had three touchdown passes to break Troy Aikman’s franchise record in Sunday’s 38-33 victory against Philadelphia. “We put ourselves here. We’ve got to figure out a way to play better ball. Some ways, we did that tonight and other ways, we’ve got to continue to get better.”
Start with Romo on the positive side of that equation. He completed all 10 of his second-half passes, which included two tying touchdowns and the goahead toss to Dez Bryant
Tony Romo was a strong point Sunday night, completing all 10 of his second-half passes and throwing for the goahead score.