Jerry Jones has no qualms about short-week game in San Francisco

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Before Monday night’s game between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, random bellyaching emerged regarding the fact that the winner would face the 49ers on a short week — with the 49ers having a full week and a day to recover and prepare.

After Monday night’s victory, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has no issues with flying back to Dallas and then, this weekend, flying to California for a Sunday game against the well-rested and untraveled 49ers, who beat the Seahawks on Saturday.

Asked whether the schedule is “unfair” to the Cowboys, Jones told reporters, “Not at all. Not at all. That’s what we were dealt. We got to play in front of the nation. We got an extra day to get ready for tonight. Good thing. The result, we’ll go play on a short week. We’ve done that Thanksgiving Day, played short weeks. . . . I don’t see that being a disadvantage.”

Jones has no choice but to say that, because he realizes that the current three-day wild-card schedule makes more money for everyone, including him. Put simply, it’s impossible to ensure that everyone will have equal rest and recovery when games are played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

The best solution? Become a higher seed. Win your division, and avoid traveling in the wild-card round. Earn the No. 1 seed, and bypass the wild-card round altogether.

Of course, being the higher seed may not matter. Last year, the Rams played on Monday night and flew to Tampa for a Sunday showdown. The Bucs, who had played on Sunday and didn’t have to travel, lost the game. Likewise, the 49ers played on the Sunday of the wild-card round and then faced the Packers on Saturday, after the Packers had a week off. Green Bay lost the game.

Unless all playoff games will be played on the same day at the same time, these issues will emerge. Teams can either whine about it being unfair, or they can buckle down, embrace the opportunity, and move forward.

21 responses to “Jerry Jones has no qualms about short-week game in San Francisco

  1. The 4-5 game is the only game that can be put into Monday night football if the nfl wants to let teams know which day they are playing & keep one afc and nfc game each day.

    Why cause 4 and 5 are effectively the same seed and will play the same team no matter who wins. That’s not the case with 3/6 and 2/7. If the vikings won the cowboys would have played the eagles in Sunday who had an extra week of rest.

  2. Just watch your QB’s DNA driver interceptions and turnovers raise their ugly heads against a team with a real offense and defense.

  3. Old Jerrah’s beside himself – now he can keep Dak on the payroll for the foreseeable future without being questioned about how bad he really is…I mean Tom Brady aside – it’s not like they were playing a Tampa team with a winning record on the road with a defensive coordinator masquerading as it’s HC!

  4. Easy for Jerry to say, who isn’t coaching or playing. It’s a huge disadvantage against a Santa Clara team whose only real weakness is a young QB who looked a little shaky in the first half vs Seattle, C. Ward, and Shanahan’s propensity to give the game away in the 4th quarter. However, at -3.5, odds makers think this will likely come down to a field goal and Dallas can’t feel good about their kicker with a bad case of the playoff yips. So, this game will come down to yips Maher vs Yips Shanahan. Should be lots of playoff drama.

  5. Really tired of this “short week” nonsense and making it seem like it’s some major obstacle.
    It’s one day.
    Knock it off.

  6. Of course it doesn’t bother him to play a playoff game on a short week coast to coast… he’s not the one playing. If they lose in SF we will hear excuses about the short week until training camp from Jerry.

  7. When you’re a wildcard team those are the cards you are dealt with so just gotta take your medicine and go do the unexpected

  8. As a niner fan I must admit this is probably gonna go down to who turns the ball over. As for Dallas traveling on less rest that is mitigated by the niners having a rookie QB.

  9. Win more games. Nothing is or ever has been “unfair” about teams that have to travel vs. teams playing at home. That’s one of the reasons it’s literally called “Home field advantage”

  10. Did you notice in the last game the Cowboys were able to run three plays, all incomplete passes in 13 seconds. See, Dakota has learned how to handle 15 seconds that he messed up last year.

  11. It’s about time people start giving purdy some respect. They talk about how he was shaky in the first half of Seahawks game. Yeah he had a few passes sailed. But did you know he was 9/11 for 185 yards and 2 TDs in the second half (would have been three if Aiyuk had held on). Does that sound shaky to you? If it does, let’s talk about Dak throwing pick sixes in so many games.
    Purdy has done nothing to deserves being called a liability. He’s far outplayed Jimmy G

  12. bobhk says:
    January 17, 2023 at 3:21 pm
    It’s about time people start giving purdy some respect. They talk about how he was shaky in the first half of Seahawks game. Yeah he had a few passes sailed. But did you know he was 9/11 for 185 yards and 2 TDs in the second half (would have been three if Aiyuk had held on). Does that sound shaky to you? If it does, let’s talk about Dak throwing pick sixes in so many games.
    Purdy has done nothing to deserves being called a liability. He’s far outplayed Jimmy G
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    As a Rams fan, I don’t throw many compliments the 9er way but they have really stumbled upon something special in this kid. Unfortunately for the rest of the NFC West, his rookie contract will allow them to further take advantage of their window to succeed.

  13. And if Jones said he’s disappointed with a short turnaround, the same whiners above criticizing Jones would say he’s just a complainer and shut up and deal with it. Some people are only happy being miserable.

  14. @wearitclara good to see you here. Good news for rams fans – McVay is staying. I regard him as one of the best

  15. It is not a negligble difference. The Niners played Saturday afternoon. Their upcoming opponent played Monday night. That is 2.5 days of rest different. One day is understandabe…this much is not. The NFL can easily make this another Monday night game in order to give the previous Monday night team an extra day.

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