The Dallas Cowboys have already locked up the NFC East and the conference’s No. 1 seed heading into their Week 17 showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
Despite clinching everything prior to Monday night’s game against the Lions, the Cowboys still played all of their starters and routed Detroit 42-21. Head coach Jason Garrett insisted that he would play the starters against Detroit.
There’s just one way to play. There’s one way to practice, and there’s one way to play. You can’t put different meaning on different competition, like all of a sudden this is less important than that. That’s not how we operate. What we try to do each day is come in and be the best we can be, the best players, coaches and football team that we can be in our preparation, leading up to the ballgame. You get 16 games over the course of a season. There’s three hours each weekend to show people who you are, and that’s what we try to do: be the best versions of ourselves.
With Dallas having nothing to play for, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said during his press conference Tuesday that he’s going to prepare for three quarterbacks, Dak Prescott, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez.
Whether or not Garrett trots out that starters Sunday remains to be seen.