A month or two ago, the Week 13 “Thursday Night Football” game probably looked like one of the better games on the schedule. Just three weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys were 5-3 and looking like legitimate competition for a playoff spot in the NFC. Washington, too, had a promising 3-2 start.
But Dallas has lost three straight and Washington has dropped four of six, and now we’re left with two teams that absolutely need to win out and probably need some additional help to make the postseason.
The Detroit Lions would like to keep both of these teams at bay, just in case the Lions try to slip in a wild card berth at 10-6 and one of these teams decides to go streaking.
Of the two, Washington seems the more likely candidate to run the table. Take a look at their schedule:
They could certainly come close to making a playoff run here. Whereas the Cowboys...
... have a tougher road ahead.
So while this game shouldn’t matter all that much if the Lions take care of their own business, I suppose you should be rooting for the Cowboys, just in case. They aren’t likely to run the table even with a win on Thursday, meaning they’ll be 9-7 at best. Washington could realistically win their final five games, but a loss to the Cowboys would probably end their postseason hopes.
Here’s how to watch tonight’s game: