The Dallas Cowboys are NFC East champions and clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles will miss the postseason for the third consecutive season and are trying to avoid their second double-digit loss campaign in the past 12 seasons.
In other words, there is nothing at stake and the game is virtually meaningless for both squads when the Cowboys (13-2) visit the Eagles (6-9) on Sunday (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).
While that connotation accurately fits the labeling of the final-week contest, Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott bristle at such chatter.
The two youngsters — Prescott is 23, Elliott 21 — strongly resist suggestions that Sunday’s game doesn’t matter.
“No game is meaningless,” said Prescott, the quarterback who has passed for 3,640 yards and 23 touchdowns against four interceptions. “There’s quality reps against a quality opponent that’s in our division that we’ll play for years to come that I’ll face off against. So any reps that I can get against a good team to make myself better to get some momentum going into the playoffs, I’ll take it.”
Elliott points out that it is a 60-minute football game between two NFL teams. He doesn’t understand why there would be a lesser value placed on the competitive battle between two NFC East rivals.
“You guys say ‘meaningful
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/cowboys-visit-eagles-in-final-postseason-tuneup-123016
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