Late-season schedule not the Cowboys' problem

November, 25, 2012
11/25/12
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The late portion of the schedule has hurt the Dallas Cowboys in recent years.

In the last five seasons, the Cowboys have posted a 10-13 record in December/January.

The Cowboys finished 1-4 under Jason Garrett last season, which included a loss in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. A win would have clinched a playoff berth for the Cowboys.

This season, the Cowboys face only one team with a winning record down the stretch, the Pittsburgh Steelers. the Cowboys need to finish strong to make the postseason, but the middle portion of the season put the in a hole.

The Cowboys were just 4-5 heading into the Cleveland game on Nov. 18.

When the Cowboys look back on their season, winnable games at Baltimore and Atlanta will haunt them the most. And it's the Cowboys' failure to control that difficult stretch that's placed them in the hole they're in now.

Dallas faces must-win games the rest of the of the season, starting Sunday night against Philadelphia. By the way, the Cowboys have lost eight consecutive Sunday night games.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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