On Thanksgiving, when you were bloated from too much turkey, sweet potatoes and pecan pie and delirious from watching the Eagles' 33-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, did you see this coming?

Did you think the 10-4 Cowboys could win the NFC East and secure a playoff spot without going down to the wire?

Life changes quickly in the NFL. The unexpected happens in December when the pressure increases and cracks emerge.

The Eagles have cracked with three consecutive losses. Their 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday has altered the narrative heading into Sunday's game between the Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts.

This is no longer a must win for the Cowboys. But it's a win that will secure a division title, a playoff berth and end a four-year postseason drought.

The stakes are high. After going down to the final game of the regular season for three consecutive years with a win-and-in, lose-and-out scenario, after losing all three times, can the Cowboys really afford to lose to the Colts and insert themselves in the same, potential scenario?

What is the definition of insanity?

DeMarco Murray's status is key. Management is confident he'll play. The running back told club officials Saturday that he feels good. But that's not a declaration that he'll take the field against the Colts.

The Cowboys have the incentive and the talent to take care of business regardless of whether or not Murray plays. Not doing so will put the Cowboys in position to see recent history repeat itself.

If this team really is different, it will be evident against Indianapolis.

If not, strap in for that season finale against Washington.

The Colts have a problem many NFL teams wish they had: Which players to rest after clinching a playoff spot with two games left in the regular season.

Indianapolis would like to use Sunday's game against the Cowboys as a measuring stick to gauge its progress and perhaps clean up some issues and tweak a few things. Instead, the Colts are shuffling through the depth chart due to late-season injuries, deciding who to rest and who to play.

Indianapolis will be without offensive linemen Hugh Thornton (knee), Gosder Cherilus (groin) and Joe Reitz (ankle) when they face the Cowboys on Sunday.