The New York Giants will bring the 2018 regular season to a close on Sunday afternoon in a Week 17 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
The Cowboys will march on, heading for a playoff showdown with either the Minnesota Vikings or Seattle Seahawks (others also in the mix), while the Giants will head towards another offseason filled with uncertainty and change.
But the Giants could very well go out winners on Sunday, providing a little momentum going into 2019 and having improved three games from the year prior.
With that in mind, here’s a look at three reasons for optimism in Week 17.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett and running back Ezekiel Elliott all insist Dallas will go full bore against the Giants in Week 17.
“We can’t afford to take a week off,” Elliott told the Dallas News. “That’s not even an option.
“We can’t get comfortable. We can’t afford to take a week off next week. We’ve got to keep working and make sure we’re ready for the playoffs.”
I feel like they sit on a throne of lies.
There’s no possible way the Cowboys play their starters for four full quarters — especially those with lingering injuries — and risk losing someone like Dak Prescott, Ezekiell Elliott, Amari Cooper, Demarcus Lawrence or some other key player. Zero chance.
The Cowboys can scream it until they are blue in the face, but like the 2007 New York Giants, who played their starters initially only to later removed them, they’re going to yank their “A” team eventually. And when they do, even sans Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants should feast.