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What Seahawks-Cowboys means for the 2023 NFL playoff picture

The Seahawks and Cowboys kick off Week 13 of the 2023 NFL season. We break down the playoff implications of the matchup.

Washington Commanders v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys (8-3) will host the Seattle Seahawks (6-5) for Thursday Night Football in Week 13 of the NFL season. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30 while airing on Amazon Prime.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cowboys step in as an 8.5 point favorite with the over/under listed at 47.5. Dallas has won three straight games, all by a margin of at least 23 points, most recently beating the Washington Commanders 45-10 last Thursday. With that win, the Cowboys improved to 5-0 at home on the year.

The Seahawks are trending in the opposite direction with three losses in their last four games. Seattle also played last Thursday, losing 31-13 at home to the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks’ offense has stumbled recently, scoring more than 16 points only once in the last four games. Now, they’ll try to solve those offensive struggles on the road against a tough Dallas defense.

The Cowboys are second in the NFC East with an 8-3 record, trailing a Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) team that owns the best record in the NFL at the moment. That has Dallas looking at a wild card spot for now, seeded at No. 5 in the NFC behind the four division winners.

If the playoffs started after Week 12, the 8-3 Cowboys would play at the 5-6 Atlanta Falcons, who would have home field advantage and a higher seed for winning the NFC South division, despite the worse record. For the Cowboys to improve their playoff seed, they’ll need to catch the Eagles, and these division rivals will meet on Sunday Night Football in Week 14.

The Seahawks are second in the NFC West with a 6-5 record, trailing San Francisco (8-3) while standing one game ahead of the 5-6 Los Angeles Rams. It’s important to note that the Rams beat the Seahawks twice this season, so Los Angeles owns the head-to-head tiebreaker if needed.

Seattle is wedged into a wild card spot and No. 6 seed heading into Week 13, but a loss could put them on the outside of the playoff picture looking in — depending on what the teams behind them do. The Seahawks’ schedule doesn’t get much easier, as they will face the 49ers and Eagles respectively after this Week 13 clash with the Cowboys.