Cowboys intend to play to win next week . . . or so they say

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The Cowboys won the NFC East on Sunday and are locked into the fourth seed. With nothing on the line against the Giants next Sunday, the prudent thing for the Cowboys to do would be to rest their starters.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett both said the Cowboys would play to win.

“Absolutely. We’re all-out,” Jones said. “We’ve got work to do. We’ve got some work to do out here, I think we’ll all agree. We don’t want to, if we can, go into the playoffs with dangling participles — loose ends.”

The Cowboys do have some dangling participles after their offense again failed to fully charge. The offense has scored 20 points over the past two weeks — the defense had a touchdown Sunday — and gained 524 total yards. Ezekiel Elliott has gone two games without a 100-yard game; Dak Prescott has thrown for a combined 367 yards over the past two weeks; and Amari Cooper has eight catches for 52 yards in the past two games.

“If guys are injured, obviously they aren’t going to play [against the Giants],” Garrett said. “If guys are able to play, we’re going to play them. We’ve got an important ball game in New York next week.”

That sounds all well and good, but playing and playing the entire game are two different things. The Cowboys likely treat it as a preseason game, which is what they did two years ago in Week 17 against Philadelphia after wrapping up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Elliott and Sean Lee didn’t play; Prescott played 15 snaps and Dez Bryant 18.

16 responses to “Cowboys intend to play to win next week . . . or so they say

  1. COWBOYS BEAT THE SAINTS…THE TOP SEED. COWBOYS WON 6 OUT OF THE LAST 7. COWBOYS WON THE NFC EAST TITLE.
    COWBOYS NOT ONLY SWEPT THE EAGLES BUT WON THE LAST 3 STRAIGHT AGAINST THEM!
    APOLOGIZE….? FOR WHAT BEING WINNERS? HATE ON WITH YOUR “PREDICTIONS” WHILE I POST TRUE FACTS!

  2. Cowboys in the playoffs! That’s a novelty and will be short lived. I’m gonna enjoy the eagles puttin a Texas sized a zz wuppin on em… 🤠

  3. Carroll Prescott says:
    December 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm
    Won’t matter. They’ll be one and done and Dakota will still have failed to win a playoff game. That means he is not pro caliber. A slam that is often used against one white QB applies to this black one. Either you win or you are nothing.
    _____________________
    Carroll Prescott – NOT the most supportive quarterback mom.

  4. greenanxiety says:
    December 23, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    Cowboys in the playoffs! That’s a novelty and will be short lived. I’m gonna enjoy the eagles puttin a Texas sized a zz wuppin on em

    EAGLES ARE OUR STEP CHILD….. F A C T !

  5. “Cowboys in the playoffs. That’s a novelty…” = Opinion

    Cowboys win NFC East 3 of last 5 years = Fact

    The real novelty? A team that wins one super bowl in 50 years , then follows that season with a .500, failure to even make playoffs season. That team’s a novelty.

  6. I am not under any illusion that the Cowboys are a Super Bowl contender. I am also not under any illusion that Dak can throw accurately past 10 yards. That being said, I don’t care if the Cowboys are one and done in the playoffs, since nobody (including myself) thought they would even sniff them. Let alone win the division. Very happy “realistic” Cowboys Fan!

  7. thefiesty1 says:

    Yea, right. How many field goals will it take?
    ************************************************************
    you tell me Niners fan, isn’t that what the Niners put up yesterday, just field goals?, have fun watching the playoffs on your couch watching real teams play while your Niners clear out their lockers early AGAIN.

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