It seems as if the Dallas Cowboys have been playing in must-win games for nearly two months now. However, their week 17 match-up this week against the Washington Redskins is win or go home. Dallas limps home to Arlington, one game behind the Eagles for the NFC East Crown. Even with a win over Washington, the Cowboys would still need the New York Giants to upset the Eagles. Although it’s not likely, The Giants are at home and would love to play spoiler to their NFC East rivals. It’s all on the line as Dallas and Philly head into week 17. Both teams are looking for a win and their ticket to the playoffs as the number four seed.
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The pressure is on, this is it.
As if the Cowboys weren’t already the center of the NFL media. The match-up with the Redskins has been flexed so they kick-off the same time as the Eagles and Giants. With so much hindering on these two games, fans will be glued to the scoreboard while both games play out starting at 4:25 p.m Eastern Time. The NFC East champion will host the loser of the Niners-Seahawks game as the fifth seed.
Several key-names could be playing their last game as a Dallas Cowboy. Look for Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, and Byron Jones to state their case as all three are looking to cash in this off-season with new contracts. Whether that be in a Dallas Cowboy’s uniform or not, expect big games as they look to maximize their worth for potential bidders.
With the Washington Redskins battling internal struggles within the team, injuries are not helping their case as they look to upset the Cowboys. This match-up is a perfect leaping point for Prescott and company to get back on track and gain momentum if they make the playoffs. Dallas failed to take advantage of favorable match-ups against Philly last week, whose team has been ravaged with injuries. With that said, Washington does not have the defensive front that the Eagles do, nor do they have a quarterback that compares to the play of Carson Wentz.
Yes, I know the Cowboys have been this years’ most underachieving team. With Jerry Jones as the face of the Cowboys they tend to have a knack for dramatic flair. What could be more exciting than ending the regular season by beating a division rival in a must-win game, yet still miss the playoffs? Furthermore, what could be more dramatic than squeaking into the postseason and looking like a formidable team? Maybe even making an unforeseen Super Bowl run. A guy can dream, can’t he?
I fully expect Dallas to win this game handily while Washington prepares for the draft. The Redskins rank 25th in overall defense, 14th in passing, and 29th against the run. Without the stout run defense and line that the Eagles have, expect Ezekiel Elliott to run for well over 100-yards. While Zeke receives most of the defenses’ attention, Cooper and Gallup should find success throughout the game. This is Dak’s last game under his rookie contract, and it’s been reported that he isn’t taking a hometown discount. Prescott will make his case as he throws for 400+ yards and eclipses 5,000 yards on the season. Dallas closes out the regular season with a bang, cruising to a 34-16 win over Washington.
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