It's simple for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to locking up the No.2 seed in the NFC playoffs. A win against the Washington Commanders, and they accomplish that and win the NFC East, and the Cowboys will have two potential home games in the postseason as long as they advance.
That task may have gotten a little easier for Dallas. According to Commanders insider JP Finlay of NBC Sports, the feeling is that a lot of the veterans on the team won't play against the Cowboys.
I get the vibe a lot of Commanders veterans wont play this weekend— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 4, 2024
With a 4-12 record and nothing to play for except draft position, it makes sense for the Commanders to sit their better players, especially since a loss will put them in a better draft position. The Cowboys will need to make sure they handle business, though, because laying an egg here could open the door for the Philadelphia Eagles to win the division for a second straight year by defeating the New York Giants and steal the No.2 seed. If that happens, it would make Dallas the No.5 seed and force them to travel on the road for the entirety of the playoffs unless there happens to be some major upsets.
This should serve as more motivation for the Cowboys to go out and put this contest away early and get their veterans off the field as they prepare for a playoff run next week.