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The Best Sports in 7 Days

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have clinched the first playoff berth in the NFL. Now the team will look to lock up the division and home-field advantage.

Thursday, Dec. 8

NFL (7:25-11 p.m., NBC): Tune in for a great matchup on Thursday Night Football as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders, with both teams playing former Mississippi State stars.

Friday, Dec. 9

College football (6-9:30 p.m., ESPN2): James Madison University takes on Sam Houston State University in a quarterfinal game of the FCS playoffs.

Saturday, Dec. 10

College basketball (1-3 p.m., SECN): The University of Mississippi women's basketball team hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a nonconference matchup. ... College football (2-5:30 p.m., CBS): The Army battles the Navy in the final regular-season game of college football, steeped in tradition.

Sunday, Dec. 11

NFL (3:25-7 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints' playoff hopes hang in the balance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... NFL (7:30-11 p.m., NBC): The Dallas Cowboys look to win the NFC East against the New York Giants.

Monday, Dec. 12

NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): The New England Patriots look to close in on a playoff spot as they host the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

College football (3-4 p.m., ESPNU): Set your DVR for a breakdown of all the upcoming bowl games on the ESPNU Bowl Preview Show, which will include both MSU and USM.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

College basketball (7-9 p.m., SECN): The MSU men's basketball team, which continues to get better and healthier, hosts East Tennessee State.

At some point, the Cowboys might want to sit some of their stars as they begin to move forward in playoff positions. That might be the only thing to end Dallas' winning streak.

Follow Sports Writer Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com and @jfpsports.