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Cowboys-Bears game offers playoff implications on TNF

Two teams with playoff aspirations face off on Thursday night.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looks for an open man during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears come into this Thursday night matchup with the Cowboys, having won two in a row. Those two wins have kept them alive in the playoff hunt, but barely. The Cowboys are coming off two losses to keep the Eagles firmly in the race for the NFC East division title.

Chicago has shown life lately, but beating Daniel Jones and David Blough isn’t going to get it done if they want to sneak into the playoffs. A win over Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, no matter how down they are at the moment, would show they can hang with the middle-of-the road NFL teams. And they’ll need to hang, because their schedule gets difficult after the Cowboys, as they go to Green Bay, then head home to take on the Chiefs and back on the road to Minnesota. With that schedule, you can understand why they are +2000 to make the playoffs.

The Cowboys, who are 6-6, the same as the Bears, are winning their division at the moment. They have a one game lead and beat the Eagles handily in Dallas earlier this season. Their schedule is much more favorable than the Bears, as they play the Rams at home, then head to Philadelphia, then back home against Washington. These are all games they can win, including tonight’s, as they are -3 point favorites in Chicago.

The Eagles don’t have a tough schedule either, as they play vs Giants, @Washington, vs Cowboys, and @Giants. Of course, they just lost to the Dolphins, so they could lose plenty of these games, but three are extremely winnable while the toughest game comes against the Cowboys, which could end up being the NFC East championship game.

To Make the Playoffs

Cowboys: Yes (-200), No (+163)
Bears: Yes (+2000), No (-5000)

Division winner

Cowboys: -177 to win NFC East (Eagles next at +144)
Bears: +10000 to win NFC North (Packers lead at -250)

NFC Champ

Cowboys: +1200
Bears: +10000

Super Bowl Champ

Cowboys: +2500
Bears: +20000

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