As absurd as it sounds, the Dallas Cowboys can almost dismiss the fact that their longtime hated rival Redskins will grace the opposing sideline this Sunday. This game is far bigger than some multi-decade, NFC East grudge match.
It could be the 4-10 Jacksonville Jaguars for all Dallas is concerned and the considerations and consequences would not change one bit. Record, division, history, etc. None of it matters one ounce.
The bold fact is there is an NFL team opposing them that absolutely MUST be defeated by any means necessary. All the rest is just icing on the victory cake.
Sure one scenario remains which would excuse a loss in this game. Dallas simply doesn’t have the luxury of risking their future on feeble hopes. They cannot afford to lose to another inferior opponent and fall below .500 to 7-8.
There are enormous consequences at stake this week other than holding position to remain in the playoff race. If they lose and the Eagles steal the East with a win, the blowback will be much more intense than most even imagine at this point in time.