With the Redskins facing a playoff-bound New York Giants team in the Week 17 season finale, much has been made about the impending decision regarding whether or not the Giants starters should play or rest.
The two prevailing thoughts are that either a team does not want to risk any injuries ahead of the playoffs or a team needs to stay crisp and sharp heading into the most important game of the season.
If the Redskins defeat the Giants — and the Packers vs. Lions game doesn't end in a tie — the NFC East will have three teams in the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys have already locked up a first-round bye, and other than attempting to win a franchise-record 14th regular-season game, the team has nothing to play for when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
While Dak Prescott is expected to start, it appears as if Tony Romo will make his first NFL appearance since suffering an injury on Thanksgiving day 2015, according to an ESPN report.
Coach Jason Garrett has not tipped his hand as to a quarterback rotation. All three quarterbacks took snaps in Thursday's practice.
"We haven't decided how that's going," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday.
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Is it wise for the Cowboys to play Romo at all?
Some may say it's a moot point because Prescott has clearly earned the right to be the Cowboys starting quarterback moving forwards.
But this is no ordinary situation.
This is the Dallas Cowboys. The controversy and rumor mill always runs at peak efficiency in "Big D" and even one slightly good performance from Romo could re-ignite the idea that he should be the starter instead of Prescott.
While it may just seem like armchair analysis meets talking head hot-air, a majority of the potential outcomes would have the Cowboys brass facing more questions and debate around a subject they have no business discussing heading into the Playoffs.
However, injuries are a regular occurrence in the NFL, and considering Romo has not taken a live snap in over a year, getting him some reps in a real game — albeit a meaningless one —would help him knock off the rust should Prescott suffer an injury in the playoffs.
The alternative would be to start Mark Sanchez, a fine backup quarterback but not one who many believe a team can lean on to carry the load in pressure situations.
So the question becomes: Do you begin to fine-tune a backup plan for the playoffs even if it means a potential quarterback controversy media circus heading into the playoffs? That's what Jerry Jones will have to decide.
If the Redskins do beat the Giants, they would secure the No. 6-seed, meaning they would be a win away from facing the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round.
A potential QB controversy and Round 3 of one the NFL's greatest rivalries?