The Cowboys control their own destiny in the NFC East, but if fate reveals itself to be anything less than a playoff berth, it will be another disappointing season in Big D.
Outsiders continue to pester defensive coordinator Rob Ryan about what's next on the career path, but his immediate challenge? Saturday's meeting with the Eagles, who effortlessly dropped 34 points on Dallas in Week 8.
In that affair, Michael Vick had his highest passer rating (129.9) of the season -- and fifth highest of his career as a starter -- completing 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another 50 yards on the ground.
It was an ugly night for the Cowboys, but more troubling are a string of fourth-quarter collapses that leave you wondering what could have been this season.
This is a team-wide issue. Dallas has shown schizophrenic tendencies from the start, talented enough to take leads into the final quarter of play, but fragile enough to crumble too frequently. This is a team that must learn to close the deal, and it starts Saturday with Philly.