Sturm's prediction: Eagles fans would enjoy beating Dallas while Cowboys fans just want to get the game over with so their team can heal up during the bye week. As a result, long-time starting quarterback Tony Romo could see significant action.
The Cowboys will play home games against their normal NFC East rivals, the 8-7-1 Washington Redskins, the 11-5 New York Giants and the 7-9 Philadelphia Eagles. Why not keep playing right here for a moment? He's not even guaranteed to be gone after this year.
Think there isn't some heavy lifting ahead?
Jason Garrett's team has been led by the stellar play of two rookie offensive weapons.
The receivers Wentz had at his disposal in this game were two undrafted rookie free agents in Bryce Treggs and Paul Tuner and a castoff from Tennessee in Dorial Green-Beckham.
-Questionable: LB Jordan Hicks (ankle), LB Mychal Kendricks (quadricep), WR Jordan Matthews (ankle), G Isaac Seumalo (ankle). Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden can both see time at tailback, while Brice Butler, Cole Beasley, and Terrance Williams can all see time at the wide-out positions. Injuries forced the Eagles' hand here, losing Ryan Mathews, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner in the last few weeks of the season. But the Cowboys also would like to be able to show prospective teams that Romo can still play at a high level to possibly increase his trade value heading into the offseason.
You can't win with that. He's played a lot in this offense. Against Dallas, their longest gain covered 20 yards.
When he did get to the sideline, he was grinning ear to ear, knowing that could very likely have been the last time he threw a pass for the Cowboys. Treggs was targeted twice and caught nothing but air.
"No game is meaningless", said Prescott, who has passed for 3,640 yards and 23 touchdowns against four interceptions. He also carried the ball once for nine yards. Romo returned last Thanksgiving against the Panthers, only to re-injure his collarbone which ended his season once again. "I've just got to thank the Lord for that, for sure". "It was an awesome feeling".
Byron Marshall led all rushers with 10 carries for 42 yards.
Their red-zone TD production of 49 percent (eighth worst in the league) has been poor and they were tied for seventh in the league with 22 dropped passes entering the final weekend.
"They know I can play". I think we're happy to have our quarterback now, and that whole situation is settled - nobody's looking at the quarterback situation, he's not looking behind him. "Everything is still raw and there's a lot to get better at". The Eagles defense held and coach Dave Fipp's special teams unit blocked the Cowboys' punt. And that third Dallas QB - Mark Sanchez - gets a big assist for the Eagles' victory in this one.
For Hicks, today's strong performance is part of a larger trend: Through four games in his young career, it's an understatement to say that he has been a major thorn in the Cowboys' side. In that time, they have undergone two coaching changes, alarming front-office turnover and the decimation of a once-formidable roster. And yes, this is a recording.
Prescott played just two series and Elliott not at all against the Eagles. He has 4 INT-TDs since 2014, tied for 2nd most in NFL. He felt he never experienced the "rookie wall", and in fact, began to feel immersed in the National Football League routine later in the season.
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