Cowboys WR Cole Beasley didn't travel with team to Philadelphia

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It is possible, if not likely, that the three-judge panel in NY will rule as early as Thursday, after oral arguments, on whether Elliott can play Sunday at Atlanta. The Eagles now have the option of seeing how he responds to game action before deciding whether or not to use him in the postseason. Defensive end Brandon Graham (ankle), cornerback Jalen Mills (ankle), defensive end Derek Barnett (groin), defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, linebacker Nigel Bradham, safety Rodney McLeod and running back Jay Ajayi, all among the top 12 players on offense or defense, were inactive. Wouldn't it be a good idea to play the offensive starters and get the offense in the best shape possible heading into the playoffs?

Dallas' offense was anemic despite their first team being matched up with nearly all Philadelphia backups, and the defensive guys deserve credit for that from Jim Schwartz all the way down to the special teams players. So, I think that answers your question. This is a flawless week for them to get some extra rest an avoid a pointless injury before heading into the playoffs. Sudfeld went 19 of 23 for 138 yards with most of the completions coming on short passes. "It's obviously a big day for him". Since the beginning of the Game 15 win over Oakland, Foles is now 1-for-17 on third down. Also, the Eagles drafted two receivers, Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.

There has to be some concern on how awful the Eagles offense looked again led by Nick Foles.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley didn't travel with team to Philadelphia
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley didn't travel with team to Philadelphia

While there is something to be said for the bye teams losing momentum and rhythm with the week off between the final regular season game and the first playoff game, the Eagles aren't quite in that boat.

That is, of course, a very fine line Pederson is walking. If Foles can put together some positive drives and score some points early on, then the Eagles can pull the starters, not risk injury, and turn their attention to the next important part of this game, which would be getting Nate Sudfeld reps. The Cowboys were in this spot against the Eagles past year and Dak Prescott and the rest of the offense played a series before things were eventually turned over to Mark Sanchez. Dallas would love to finish their season with a bang but it could come at a cost in the form of a lower draft pick, and while that may not be on the minds of any of the current players it could be at the forefront of management and coaching staff, though I'm sure a one or two spot drop would be well worth the feeling of winning a road game against a bitter division rival. Against the Cowboys, Jones ended up contributing on special teams as well as defense.

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