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Getty The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team are fighting for a playoff spot.

Heading into the regular-season finale, all eyes are on the NFC East playoff picture with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team fighting for a postseason spot. Washington controls their own destiny while the Cowboys need some help to reach the playoffs.

The NFC East has been a punching bag for many NFL jokes throughout the season, but the Cowboys and Washington’s hot finish has them in playoff contention. Dallas or Washington will clinch the NFC East division title, the No. 4 seed in the NFC and a home playoff game during Wild Card Weekend.

Washington owns the tiebreaker over the Cowboys thanks to sweeping their season series, per ESPN. For Cowboys fans, the simplest way for Dallas to make the postseason is a win against the Giants followed by Washington losing to the Eagles. The Cowboys can also get into the playoffs with a tie against the Giants and a loss by Washington. A Washington tie versus the Eagles could also send the Cowboys through to the postseason if Dallas wins.

If the Cowboys lose to the Giants, they will officially be eliminated from playoff contention making the Washington-Eagles game less relevant. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is aiming to bring their momentum into the postseason or offseason depending on Dallas’ fate.

“I definitely do believe that success at the end of the season catapults you into your offseason program, and can very well factor into next year,” McCarthy said, per USA Today.

For Washington, the season began with Dwayne Haskins as the team’s captain and starting quarterback. It ended with the team releasing Haskins before Washington’s season finale with their playoff fate potentially on the line.

“Rivera said he has put a lot of emphasis on how important this upcoming game is,” Washington’s reporter Zach Selby tweeted. “There have been several close losses this season, and none of those will haunt him because it’s all part of the learning process.”

Dallas Cowboys’ Playoff Scenarios

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot under any of the following scenarios, per NFL.com.
1. Cowboys win + Washington loss or tie
2. Cowboys tie + Washington loss

Washington Football Team’s Playoff Scenarios

Washington can clinch a playoff spot under any of the following scenarios, per NFL.com.
1. Washington win
2. Washington tie + Cowboys loss or tie

NFC East Standings

The Giants and Eagles have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Washington Football Team holds the tiebreaker over the Cowboys.

TEAM W L T
Washington 6 9 0
Cowboys 6 9 0
Giants 5 10 0
Eagles 4 10 1
NFC Playoff Standings

Teams with an asterisk have already clinched a playoff spot. Teams in bold would make the playoffs if the postseason started today.

TEAM W L T
1. Packers* 12 3 0
2. Saints* 11 4 0
3. Seahawks* 11 4 0
4. Washington 6 9 0
5. Buccaneers* 10 5 0
6. Rams 9 6 0
7. Bears 8 7 0
8. Cardinals 8 7 0
9. Cowboys 6 9 0
10. Giants 5 10 0
NFC Playoff Matchups

Here are the current NFC playoff matchups if the postseason started today. The top seed gets a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

No. 7 Chicago Bears vs. No. 2 New Orleans Saints
No. 6 L.A. Rams vs. No. 3 Seattle Seahawks
No. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. No. 4 Washington Football Team
Bye: No. 1 Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card Standings

Thanks to playoff expansion, the top three teams in the Wild Card standings will claim a postseason spot. Teams in bold would make the playoffs if the postseason started today.

TEAM W L T
1. Buccaneers 10 5 0
2. Rams 9 6 0
3. Bears 8 7 0
4. Cardinals 8 7 0
5. Cowboys 6 9 0
6. Giants 5 10 0

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Getty Evan Fournier (center) of the Knicks

It was not a stellar first season with the Knicks for shooting guard Evan Fournier, but he remains more of a star in his home country, France, than in the NBA. With the national team preparing to compete in the 2022 EuroBasket tournament next month, Fournier was given the group’s highest home: he was named captain.

Rudy Gobert, the former Jazz star traded to Minnesota last month, was named vice-captain. The French team’s Twitter account sent out notification ahead of the debut Eurobasket prep, writing, in French, “Two leaders. A captain and a vice-captain. Evan Fournier is the new captain of the Blues, Rudy Gobert is vice-captain.”

Fournier will be making his 81st national team appearance this summer, according to Newsrnd.com. That is second on the French side, behind Thomas Heurtel, who has 84. He will take over as captain from Nicolas Batum, who is stepping away from the national team after having struggled in last year’s Olympics.

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15 PTS, 2 PD en 16 MIN de temps de jeu, qui fait mieux ? ????#TeamFranceBasket | #PassionnémentBleu | #FRANED pic.twitter.com/5Yzbgwm91E

— Équipes de France de Basket (@FRABasketball) August 8, 2022

Fournier Led France to Olympic Silver

Fournier, though, was excellent for France in last year’s Olympics and finished eighth in the tournament in scoring, at 18.7 points. He shot 45.5% from the floor and 37.8% from the 3-point line in six games, with France earning a silver medal following its loss to the U.S. in the championship game.

He has staked much on the team’s ability to compete in Eurobasket this season. In May, he told FIBA.com:

I am so hungry for this, like so hungry. That’s one of the goals I have in my career and I want to bring so many gold medals and titles back home, you can’t even imagine. When you play for your country, you compete at your best level and you want to bring joy to the fans and to your team.

Last summer was very nice to win a silver medal, but I also think about the joy that it would be to win a title and to get the gold medal. It’s the ‘summum’, the cherry on top of the cake. I am 29 years old, and I want to experience this multiple times before the end of my career. That’s also why I come every summer to play for the national team.

France has already begun its pre-tournament warmups, beating the Netherlands on Sunday behind 15 points in 16 minutes from Fournier. They will play Italy in Bologna on Friday.

Fournier Could Be Knicks Trade Bait

Fournier had his struggles in his first season with the Knicks, though he ended up with a very respectable 3-point percentage of 38.9%, which was the main reason the Knicks brought him in last season. He scored 14.1 points per game and if there was a hole in his game last year, it was his inability to score from places other than the 3-point line.

Fournier shot 46.5% on 2-pointers, worst since his second season in the NBA, in 2013-14. He made only 40.5% of his shots in the paint.

Fournier was signed to a four-year, $78 million free-agent contract last season, and was expected to help boost the Knicks into contention in the Eastern Conference. But New York finished 37-45 and failed to even qualify for a play-in spot.

This summer, Fournier has been the subject of trade rumors, as the Knicks would likely have to include Fournier’s salary to make a blockbuster for a player like Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, who has been in constant Knicks trade rumors.

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