The NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys (9-6) invade MetLife Stadium this Sunday to face the New York Giants (5-10), who hope to close out their first season under head coach Pat Shurmur with a victory.
Here are some storylines we’ll be following:
Dallas is locked into the fourth seed in the NFC Playoffs and have nothing to gain by taking the field full force in this game. Owner Jerry Jones, however, does not want to lose the momentum his team has gained here in the second half of the season, winning six of their last seven.
“Our experience has been that we’ve played smart, if you will, in a game that has no standing implications and I don’t think we’ve played well,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan . “Now, we’ve avoided the injury in the past by playing that way.”
Long-time Cowboys expert Bryan Broaddus predicts Dallas will come to play but will hold out any play dealing with an injury.
“Jason Garrett has been consistent that if a player is healthy, he’s going to play. With that being said, I would expect to see Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott play in this game. You will likely see Prescott play more than Elliott. Someone that’s not likely to play is Zack Martin, who came back for the Tampa Bay game but sure could use a game off to get ready for the playoffs. In Martin’s place will be Connor Williams, who started at left guard the previous time these two clubs met.”
Broaddus went on to mention that he sees Elliott, who is currently the NFL’s leading rusher, playing just a few series to keep fresh for the playoffs. That could go for many of the Dallas starters. Something to keep an eye on.