Despite the Cowboys already being locked into the NFL Playoffs, they’re not taking the Redskins lightly.
Apparently, an NFC East title and a guaranteed playoff spot isn’t allowing Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to relax. They seemed to be as focused and driven as ever despite facing off against the dreadful Washington Redskins this Sunday.
Dallas is locked into the No. 3 or No. 4 slot in the NFC Playoffs unless two major upsets occur: The San Francisco 49ers defeating the Arizona Cardinals in Jim Harbaugh’s last game as coach; and the St. Louis Rams knocking off the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
Because of the chances of that possibility happening are slim to none, many wondered if Romo and other starters would even dress for their season finale.
According to Romo, he will and his team isn’t overlooking the Redskins.
From the Associated Press:
"“I go in with the exact same mental approach I do every game,” Romo said. “If you’re a football player and there’s a game, there’s only one way to play and it’s hard the whole time. You go all out. I think you’re doing a disservice to the game and your team if you don’t play that way.”“It really comes down to just being the best version of yourself regardless of circumstance,” Romo said. “These are great games to go show that. In the playoffs, not in the playoffs, it doesn’t matter.”"
Aside from the same game attitude Romo is displaying, Washington handed Dallas their only upsetting loss of the season. Back in Week 8, Colt McCoy led the Redskins to a 20-17 victory. Romo was sacked five times and beat up pretty good as this was the game where he sustained the back injury which fractured two bones. In fact, this team has always presented health concerns for “America’s Quarterback.”
"“Everyone knows what happened last time,” Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said. “That’s not a feeling that we like around here. So we don’t want it to happen again.”"
Robert Griffin III, who led his team to a shocking win against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, knocking them out of contention, wants this victory bad.
"“It would give us a chance to finish 3-3 in our division and sweep the Cowboys, which our fans love,” Griffin said. “It’s Dallas week. We understand that. They’re playing at a very high level right now.”"
Dallas and Washinton will kick off at 1 pm ET on Sunday. The Cowboys are aiming for their 12th victory of the season and running back DeMarco Murray is just 29 yards away from breaking Emmit Smith’s single-season Cowboys rushing record. Whether he’ll get it done or not remains to be seen.
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