Despite one of the most up-and-down seasons of the Jason Garrett era, the Dallas Cowboys can still repeat as NFC East champions with a win over the Eagles on Sunday thanks to a division seemingly no team wanted to win.
Both teams are 7-7, but the Cowboys beat the Eagles at home in Week 7, meaning a Week 16 win in Philadelphia would clinch the division outright.
The Eagles are 2½-point underdogs at home for a reason — the Cowboys won by 27 in their first matchup and Dallas is 7-2 in Philadelphia under Garrett. The Cowboys have won five of their past six games in Philly, and should the Cowboys do it again, it will be the first time they have made the playoffs in two straight seasons since 2006-07, three years before Garrett took over as head coach.
Beside the records, there are jobs and reputations on the line, as well: Garrett could save his job in Dallas with a division title and a strong playoff run, but former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson said on the Fox NFL pregame show Sunday that a win over the Eagles should merit an extension on its own.
A massive 10-year extension, in fact.
“He wins today, give him the 10-year contract,” Johnson said.
Jimmy Johnson: If the Cowboys win today, give Jason Garrett a new 10-year contract pic.twitter.com/RlbI0GcRkL
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 22, 2019
Talk of an extension is a hard left turn for Johnson who two weeks ago — as the Cowboys were coming off three consecutive losses to the Patriots, Bills, and Bears — said no one in Dallas would be happy should Garrett remain in charge heading into next season.
“Even if they win the division and even if they’re in the playoffs, I don’t see them winning a playoff game. And I think the negativity in Dallas and around the Cowboys franchise right now, it would be miserable if he continued to be the head coach,” Johnson said on Dec. 8. “Nobody would be happy if he was the head coach a year from now.”
Garrett’s near 10-year tenure has consisted of an 84-66 record and three playoff appearances, all of which ended with losses in the divisional round. The Cowboys have won only two playoff games in that stretch.
A win on Sunday guarantees them a chance to pick up playoff win No. 3 in the wild-card round.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.