2. Cowboys’ Defense Capitalizes
The Commanders will look to start rookie Sam Howell in their final game of the season, benching Carson Wentz for the second time this season. They will be looking to give rookie quarterback Sam Howell as much playing time as possible to see what they have in the rookie against a good NFL defense. While Howell could give Dallas issues based on the lack of footage on him the Cowboys should succeed against him, especially behind a beaten and battered offensive line. The Cowboys’ defensive front should be able to cause enough pressure to make Howell hear ghosts and start making bad throws.
When Howell enters the game Dallas will be able to play more of a smoke-and-mirrors game, disguising their coverages and blitz packages to confuse the rookie quarterback. That confusion will lead to the Cowboys creating turnovers, helping the Cowboys pick up the win, and boosting the morale of the defense heading into the playoffs.