'Boys left to role of spoiler

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

In the NFL there usually isn't a team that plays the role of spoiler such as is found in Major League Baseball.

With the limited number of teams available for the post-season in baseball, there are a number of teams with winning records in each league that are out of the playoff hunt but still good enough to damage another team's chances.

By this time of the year in the NFL there are usually two kinds of teams -- those thinking they have a shot at the post-season and those that are going into the tank.

But since 2010 has shown itself to be a season unlike others, a definite spoiler has emerged this campaign -- the Dallas Cowboys.

With a 3-7 record the 'Boys have no games planned beyond the Jan. 2 date of their final regular-season game.

This team was picked by just about everybody to win the NFC East, but they started to lose, the team quit on coach Wade Phillips and stumbled to a 1-7 record before Phillips was fired.

With the pressure off, the boil lanced, the Cowboys have posted wins the past two weeks under interim coach Jason Garrett.

On Turkey Day, the Cowboys play host to the New Orleans Saints, who are in a tong war with Atlanta in the NFC South.

Next up for Dallas is a road game with extra days rest against the Indianapolis Colts, a team with its own struggles. Think the Colts are looking forward to that one?

Topping it off, Dallas still has two games left against Philadelphia. Not a lot of glory left for the Cowboys, but that's all they've got.


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