Cowboys clinch NFC East title with win over Tampa Bay

The Dallas Cowboys are NFC East champions! The 2018 season has been an up and down one for Dallas, to say the least. However, they have captured the NFC East division crown and are guaranteed at least one home game in the 2019 NFL playoffs.

According to a USA Today report, the Cowboys punched their ticket to the postseason after they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20 on Sunday afternoon. Quarterback Dak Prescott once again didn’t produce numbers that jump off the stat sheet and make you take notice, however, he does many things well that don’t always show in the stat line.

The former Mississippi State standout threw for 161 yards, passed for a touchdown and ran for another in the Cowboys big win. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 85 yards on 18 carries, but he didn’t score a touchdown on the day.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston had another good day in another losing effort. Winston threw for 336 yards and a touchdown but in the end, it wasn’t enough for the slumping Bucs who fell to 5-10 on the season.

While the win secured the Cowboys third playoff berth in the past five seasons, you have to believe there is a bit of pressure to make a run this time around – or is there?

When the season began, this division was supposed to belong to the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. Also, the New York Giants were finally healthy, and they selected the best running back available in the 2018 NFL draft in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, so many experts were believing that New York would have a bounce-back season.

In the end, it was the Cowboys who proved everyone wrong. Now the question is can they do the same this postseason? Fans are hoping for much better results than the past 20 years have produced.

Dallas has not made it to a Super Bowl or played in an NFC Championship game since 1995. Add to that, current head coach Jason Garrett has just one postseason win and despite proving many NFL experts incorrect in the regular season, Garrett may need a playoff victory to keep his current gig in Big D.

Nevertheless, right now the Cowboys just want to celebrate their division clinching win and prepare for their final regular season contest against the New York Giants.