Due to the NFL’s tiebreaker guidelines, the Dallas Cowboys clinched the NFC East because of the result of a recreation between two AFC West groups.
On the floor, nothing about that is sensible, and that’s comprehensible. The explanation it issues to Dallas is due to a metric known as power of victory, which is among the deep tiebreakers used as wanted by the NFL to find out division standings and playoff seeding. Energy of victory is solely the mixed report of groups the Cowboys have overwhelmed.
The Cowboys mathematically clinched the NFC East earlier than they even stepped on the sector Sunday night time because of this tiebreaker, as outlined by Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning Information. Dallas’ opponents entered Sunday with a mixed 63 wins, whereas the Philadelphia Eagles’ opponents had 36.5, with the half coming attributable to one Detroit Lions tie. In a situation the place each Dallas and Philadelphia end 10-7, that metric might rely for one thing.
If all the pieces went completely for the Eagles the remainder of the season, they might max their power of victory mark at 69.5. The Cowboys’ quantity in that situation could be 68, partly due to the Eagles profitable out. That meant that Dallas might safe the tiebreaker it doesn’t matter what if two groups they beat earlier within the season gained on Sunday. That really occurred, because the Atlanta Falcons beat the Detroit Lions and the Las Vegas Raiders held off the Denver Broncos. Thus, even when Dallas and Philadelphia wind up with the identical report on the finish of the season, the Eagles can not win the tiebreaker.
The possibilities of this tiebreaker truly mattering are extraordinarily small. Energy of victory comes up solely in far-fetched situations corresponding to this one, in spite of everything. Nonetheless, it means the Cowboys can already rejoice an NFC East title it doesn’t matter what.