Crazy things happen when the Cowboys play the Redskins in Landover and that's just what took place on Monday during primetime. The Cowboys pulled off the win to stay in the playoff hunt at 4-8. With the win the Cowboys are just a game out of first place in the NFC East. Let's take a look at how the NFL Power Rankings look after the victory.
ESPN.com has the Cowboys climbing six spots to No. 23 this week. Here's what they had to say about the team:
"At 4-8, the Cowboys are just a game back of the NFC East lead. However, they have the second-toughest remaining strength of schedule in the NFL."
FOXSports.com has the Cowboys falling two spots down to No. 23. Here's what they had to say:
"Despite losing the turnover battle again in Week 13, the Cowboys (minus-14 this season) forced a Redskins' mistake when it counted the most."
NFL.com has the Cowboys remaining idle after the road victory. Here's what they had to say:
"Stop if you've heard this before: The Cowboys only have to ____ to win the NFC East. Unreal that this team, after losing Tony Romo, prematurely firing Brandon Weeden (in the minds of some), tossing Matt Cassel into the fire, getting Romo back for seven quarters, then turning back to Cassel, still has a chance to take the division. Dallas, at 4-8, has as much business being in a division race as Ryan Mallet does keynoting a team leadership conference."
Whether they deserve it or not, the Cowboys are right in the middle of the playoff picture and need to win this week in Green Bay to stay there. I've seen a couple of different websites that give the Cowboys anywhere between a 5-10 percent chance to win the division. That's not much, but it's better than no chance.