Should the Dallas Cowboys rest their starters in Week 18?

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
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Why the Cowboys should play their starters against the Eagles

There are no two ways around it. The offense is once again out of sync as they clearly struggled to do much in Week 17 until it was too little too late. This is the glaring reason as to why I think the starters should play.

With Michael Gallup out for the rest of the year, the Cowboys could use the reps to get Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Malik Turner in rhythm with the first-string offense. Wilson should be fine as he has been steady the entire season. But he also has seen a fraction of the reps as the WR trio of Amari Cooper, Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb have.

Turner has flashed speed and great hands in his snaps this year, but those have come in blowouts. Personally, I like Turner a lot. I think he brings another dimension to this offense that I would describe as a combination of Cooper’s run-after-the-catch ability paired with Lamb’s ability to be slippery in space.

That is a pretty clear stance from Dak Prescott on his preference for next week. And I see why.

It would be beneficial to give him time to mesh with his new targets before entering the postseason. The offense simply has to step up their game if they want to make a run this postseason.

Mike McCarthy also seems to feel the same way about the starters getting some rhythm. While it sounds like he wants the starters to play, this quote does leave the door open as to just how the starters will play.

Putting up seven points through nearly three full quarters of football isn’t going to cut it. Especially not against the Cardinals who they will more than likely host in the Wild Card game in just two weeks.

Now, would I play the starters? I can’t show my hand until we dive into the case of resting them.