Jerry Jones hints Cowboys will not rest starters in Week 17
The Dallas Cowboys are locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs after they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to capture the NFC East crown, which means they have the luxury of being able to rest players next weekend. However, Jerry Jones has already hinted that the team does not plan to do that.
Jones was asked on Sunday if the Cowboys will be doing everything they can to defeat the New York Giants in the regular-season finale. He indicated they plan to approach it like any other game.
Cowboys playing to win next Sunday against the New York Giants?
Jerry Jones: “Absolutely. We’re all-out. 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 playoff with dangling participles — loose ends.”
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Giving some players a week off to rest their bumps and bruises could be beneficial, but it can also slow the momentum of teams like the Cowboys, who have played incredibly well over the second half of the season. It’s possible that head coach Jason Garrett could balance the two by going with his usual lineup on Sunday and pulling most of the starters early.
We have already heard of one NFC team that could rest a key player in the final week of the season, and plenty of other teams will surely take the same approach. It would be a surprise if the Cowboys are not among them.