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Rams-Cowboys game offers playoff implications in Week 15

The Cowboys host the Rams in a game which both teams need to help their playoff chances.

os Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff calls a play during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams come into this game having won five of their last seven games while the Cowboys have lost three in a row and four of their last five. But the Cowboys are still atop their division with a 6-7 record while the Rams are third in theirs with an 8-5 record.

The Rams schedule: at Cowboys (6-7), at 49ers (11-2), vs. Cardinals (3-9-1)

The Cowboys schedule: vs. Rams (8-5), at Eagles (6-7), vs. Washington (3-10)

The Cowboys must win the NFC East to get into the playoffs and their only competition are the Eagles while the Rams need to sneak into the last wild card spot in the NFC ahead of the Vikings, as the Seahawks or 49ers have the first wild card spot mostly in hand.

The Vikings face the Chargers, Packers and Chicago. In those three games, the Rams need to gain a game to take over the the last wild card spot. If they can beat the Cowboys and Cardinals and lose to the 49ers, which is likely their best outcome, they would need the Vikings to lose two of their last three. It is possible, but the odds are stacked against them.

The Eagles schedule: at Washington (3-10), vs. Cowboys (6-7), at Giants (2-11)

The Cowboys and Eagles play each other once and that game has a huge impact on who wins the division and makes it to the playoffs but whoever wins that game needs to win one of their other two to secure the title. Even if the Eagles win this week over Washington, the Cowboys can take the division by beating the Rams and then the Eagles in Week 16.

If the Cowboys lose and the Eagles win this week, their matchup in Week 16 will be for the NFC East title.

To Make the Playoffs

Rams: Yes (+127), No (-155)
Cowboys: Yes (-139), No (+110)

Division winner

Rams: Off the board
Cowboys: -139 to win NFC East (Eagles next at +110)

NFC Champ

Rams: +3300
Cowboys: +2000

Super Bowl Champ

Rams: +6600
Cowboys: +4000

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