Cowboys Would Currently Pick 7th If the Draft Were Today

The Cowboys are among a relatively large number of teams that have five or fewer wins after 15 games. If Minnesota loses to Philadelphia on Tuesday night, seven teams would have 5-10 records, with three others having 4-11 records and one having a 2-13 record.

The main tiebreaker for draft order is strength of schedule. The Cowboys this season played the likes of the Lions, Cardinals, Texans, and Vikings, and each has only five wins. The Cowboys’ opponents this season have a combined record so far of 123-113, which is relatively weak given that the Cowboys have played several playoff teams as well.

If the draft were held today, the order would be as follows:

1. Carolina Panthers (2-13)
2. Denver Broncos (4-11)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11)
4. Buffalo Bills (4-11)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-10)
6. San Francisco 49ers (5-10)
7. Dallas Cowboys (5-10)
8. Houston Texans (5-10)
9. Detroit Lions (5-10)
10. Cleveland Browns (5-10)
11. Minnesota Vikings (5-9)
12. Seattle Seahawks (6-9)
13. Tennessee Titans (6-9)
14. Washington Redskins (6-9)
15. Oakland Raiders (NWE) (7-8)
16. Miami Dolphins (7-8)
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7)
18. San Diego Chargers (8-7)
19. Tampa Bay Bucs (9-6)
20. New York Giants (9-6)
21. St. Louis Rams (7-8)
22. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)
23. Green Bay Packers (9-6)
24. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)
25. New York Jets (10-5)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)
27. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
28. Baltimore Ravens (11-4)
29. Chicago Bears (11-4)
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4)
31. Atlanta Falcons (12-2)
32. New England Patriots (13-2)

A Minnesota loss on Tuesday would not affect the Cowboys because Viking opponents have a better overall record than the Cowboys’ opponents. Carolina is the only team to have secured its spot, as the Panthers will have the top overall choice.

Should the Cowboys lose to the Eagles as expected, the Cowboys will move up because Arizona faces San Francisco next week. Dallas would need a loss by the Broncos (vs. Chargers), Bills (vs. Jets), or Bengals (vs. Ravens) to move into the top 5.

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Best post of the day was by Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News.

So, as we see Jerry Jones in the locker-room again, claiming to be “mad as hell”, and appearing to have steam coming out of his ears, we can only wonder if it occurs to him the relation between attention to detail and the way the Cowboys prepare for their seasons. I know I will be considering all of this next time we hear that the Cowboys are going to have the odd “traveling training camp” so that the Cowboys can maximize their marketing and sponsorship opportunities all over the map.

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Now, the 2010 Cowboys have more excessive celebration penalties that relevant Touchdowns. They are among the league leaders in penalties. They have veterans who bail out on plays because they are scared to get hit. They have a defense that quit for about 3 games this season. And they have that same defense that is back to trying, but they concede crucial 4th Quarter drives on a routine basis.

Isn’t there a correlation? Don’t we see the relation between relaxed accountability, discipline, preparation in the organization this summer and some of the Looney Tunes Football we have seen this season?

I’ve already read that Jerry wouldn’t change anything about the 2010 offseason. Hopefully when he calms down from being mad as hell, he’ll realized how wrong everything has been.