DALLAS - In a season full of dizzying highs and lows, the Dallas Cowboys have somehow emerged as the clear favorites to win the NFC East. Yes, they have been helped by the implosions of the Eagles and Giants, but that shouldn't be held against them.
If everything goes as expected, there's a decent chance the Cowboys could clinch a division title with a win over the Giants on Dec. 11. That seemed like a pipe dream when Dallas was blown out by the Eagles last month, and the Giants raced out to a 6-2 start. But coach Jason Garrett's stay-in-the-moment approach helped the Cowboys take advantage of a soft stretch in the schedule during this four-game winning streak.
That stretch will end Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz., where the Cowboys have an excellent opportunity to improve to 8-4 and put a strangle-hold on the NFC East race.
And unlike past teams that have sprinted into December with flashy numbers, the Cowboys are actually built to make a deep playoff run. I realize that y...