If the playoffs started right now, the Dallas Cowboys would be watching at home on their couches. If you want to know what the playoff picture looks like as of today, you can see who's in and who's out, check out NFL.com
Fortunately the playoffs don't start for a few more weeks and the team controls their own destiny. Win out and you are automatically in. No bowl committee to worry about, no power rankings, just keep winning and you go to the dance.
With the season quickly drawing to a close, let's take a look at where the national media have the Cowboys ranked in this week's power rankings.
NFL.com has the Cowboys listed at No 8, the same spot they had them last week. Here's what they had to say: "Dallas got a much-needed road win in Chicago on Thursday, dispelling those stupid December stats we'd been hearing about ad nauseam -- as if some kind of monumental shift actually happens on Dec. 1 every year. DeMarco Murray continued his on-field brilliance with yet another 100-yard day. That's all I'm gonna say about that."
ESPN.com also has the Cowboys at No 8 and also the same place they had them last week before they beat Chicago. Here's what they had to say about your Dallas Cowboys: "DeMarco Murray keeps rolling along. Murray rushed for 166 yards between the tackles in Thursday's win over Chicago, the third most in a game by any player this season."
If you've been a Cowboys fan the last few years, you almost expect the playoff picture to not be decided until the last game of the year. That's just the way Cowboys football usually shakes out.