Sunday night the Giants beat the Cowboys. The rest of the league is 0-11 against Dallas but the G-Men are now 2-0. In the losses, Jerry’s team has averaged 13 points and 294 yards of offense while rookie sensation Dak Prescott has had his two worst games of the season (composite rating of 58.6, per Peter King).

Despite the loss, Dallas is still a heavy favorite to win its division and get the top seed in the NFC. However, a third matchup against the Giants is possible. If New York were to win its Wild Card game Eli Manning and crew would likely travel to Arlington in the divisional round.

Styles make fights and in the NFL there are certain teams you do not want to face in the postseason. Are the Cowboys destined to lose to the Giants in the playoffs after being swept in the regular season?

Since 1990, there have been sixteen times when a team was swept in the regular season and then met that opponent a third time in the playoffs. The team that swept the regular season went 11-5 (8-7-1 ATS) in the postseason.

For the Cowboys this isn’t great news. The team that swept the regular season won the playoff matchup about 70% of the time. Of course that is no guarantee.

There were three instances where the team that swept played on the road in the postseason (like the Giants would). Those teams were underdogs in all three games but went 2-1 straight-up and against-the-spread.

Dallas has been in this position before but with the tables were turned. Three times the Cowboys have faced an opponent in the playoffs that they swept in the regular season and went 1-2 straight-up and against-the-spread.


NFL Week 15 – Cowboys vs. Buccaneers

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Year2-0 TeamOpponentPlayoff ResultCover?
2009CowboysEaglesWonYes
2008SteelersRavensWonYes
2007CowboysGiantsLostNo
2004PackersVikingsLostNo
2004RamsSeahawksWonYes
2002SteelersBrownsWonNo
2000GiantsEaglesWonYes
1999TitansJaguarsWonYes
1998CowboysCardinalsLostNo
1997PackersBuccaneersWonPush
1997PatriotsDolphinsWonYes
1994SteelersBrownsWonYes
1994VikingsBearsLostNo
1993RaidersBroncosWonYes
1992ChiefsChargersLostNo
1991ChiefsRaidersWonNo