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Could Cowboys playing Tony Romo in Week 17 could have Dallas-esque consequences?

Could Cowboys playing Tony Romo in Week 17 could have Dallas-esque consequences?

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?

Yes please.

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Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

The Super Bowl always brings obscure prop bets that raise eyebrows. Outside of the annual wagers on the color of Gatorade poured on the coach or the duration of the national anthem, each Super Bowl brings unique bets fans can make.

This year, one prop bet revolves around San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and what happened the last time he was on the sidelines for a Super Bowl. That was, of course, the infamous 2017 Super Bowl, when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

His team had a commanding 28-3 lead with 8:31 to play in the third quarter. But as the Patriots went on their run to cut the deficit, the Falcons couldn’t muster a score of their own to put the game away. Further, Shanahan’s play-calling faced scrutiny for his fourth-quarter decisions not to run the ball to expend the clock.

As Shanahan gets set for a chance at Super Bowl redemption, the sportsbook PointsBet is offering 100-1 odds that his team will blow another 28-3 lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

Some may be hesitant to take those odds, chalking up the 2017 Super Bowl as a one-off. But a deeper dive into his time with the Redskins from 2010-2013 shows that Shanahan’s offenses were susceptible to reeling off dynamic starts before lowly second halves.

In just his second game manning the Redskins offense, Washington took a 27-10 lead over the Houston Texans with under four minutes to go in the third quarter. The Texans then scored 20 unanswered points to win 30-27 in overtime.

Two years later, also in Week 2, Shanahan and company raced out to a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter and looked prime to improve to 2-0 with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the offensive productivity fizzled out, and the Rams came back to win 31-28.

Shanahan’s most significant blown lead in Washington came in the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the Redskins’ first playoff home game since 1999, the team staked a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but failed to score again thereafter en route to a 24-14 loss.

During the 2013 season, his last in Washington, Shanahan saw his offense falter after building two-score leads in three games.

Against the eventual Super Bowl runner-up Broncos, the Redskins held a 21-7 lead in the third quarter before Denver rallied to win decisively, 45-21. Two weeks later, the offense led the team to a 24-14 first half against the Vikings, but managed just one field goal in the second half in a 34-27 loss. And in a Week 13 home game against the Giants, Washington led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but eventually lost 24-17.

None of Shanahan’s blown leads in Washington were as high as 25 points, nor were they on one of the biggest stages in sports. But when you’re considering the 28-3 prop bet this year, just know that there are other results beyond the 2017 Super Bowl to base your decision on.

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Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was seen on his $250 million yacht in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV. 

Jones' boat, the Bravo Eugenia, is 357-feet-long, three short of a regulation football field.

He will be reportedly hosting the "biggest and baddest of all of the Super Bowl Week parties."

The Cowboys had Super Bowl aspirations ahead of the 2019 season but could not live up to the hype.

The Cowboys finished the season at 8-8 and have a lot of questions ahead of them during the upcoming off-season.

Regardless of whether his squad would be competing in Miami for the Lombardi Trophy, Jones would be at Super Bowl LIV, and after bringing in Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, Jones has taken his talents to South Beach for the big game.

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