Should Dak Prescott play in Week 17?
The Cowboys have home-field locked up and nothing tangible to play for in Week 17. It’s still unknown how much playing time Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott will get. Following the broken legs of Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr, it’s clear that in the NFL, freak injuries can occur at any time, and playing Prescott in Week 17 would expose him to injury risk.
Nick thinks that Prescott being a rookie presents a unique situation and it would benefit him and the other young Cowboys to continue to play. They can stay in their routine and continue their momentum heading into the playoffs. He thinks Prescott sitting out the last game, in addition to the bye week could have disastrous consequences for the Cowboys.
Cris completely disagrees and points to the Carr and Mariota injuries as proof that in the NFL, anyone can go down at any time. The only way to ensure that he remains healthy is to sit. Elliott should sit, too. Prescott and Elliott aren’t normal rookies and they’ll handle the layoff.
Are Dak and Zeke the best quarterback/running back duo in the NFL?
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott might be the best rookie quarterback/running back duo in NFL history, are they the best in the NFL? Cris and Nick compared the pair to the rest of the NFL.
Cris thinks the duo of Big Ben and LeVeon Bell are better than Dak and Zeke, mostly because Roethlisberger has proven himself in the playoffs and in the clutch in Super Bowls. He would also rank Brady and LeGarrette Blount ahead of the rookies.
Nick doesn’t see how anyone can argue against Dak and Zeke, especially if the judgment is based on what the duos have done this year. He thinks Dak has had a better year than Big Ben, and a favorly comparable year to Brady’s. He strongly believes that Elliott being, hands down, the best running back in the NFL this season pushes the Dallas duo over the line.
Are the Seahawks a Super Bowl contender?
The Seahawks have been difficult to figure out all year. They’ve been hot and cold, and Russell Wilson has been injured and inconsistent, but their defense is still atop the league rankings. CC and Nick both agree that this Seattle team is an older, less dominant version of the team that made back-to-back Super Bowls. They aren’t a Super Bowl contender this year.
Cris sees Seattle’s unwillingness to build their offensive line in the last 5 years as the main problem that has come home to roost this year. Seattle isn’t the physically dominant team they were, and older.
Nick thinks the downward trend of the Seahawks can be traced back to their failed decision to pass on the goal line on fourth down in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He thinks that from that point, the Seahawks identity as a power team centered around Beast Mode has transitioned to a mediocre finesse passing team. It changed the trajectory of their organization.
Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach for the Jets and Browns is in-studio to discuss if Nick Saban should consider returning to the NFL, if the Giants can beat the Cowboys in the playoffs, why he thinks Big Ben and LeVeon Bell are a better duo than Zeke or Dak, and if the Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Shawne Merriman – 3-time All-Pro with the Bills and Chargers is in-studio to weigh in on the NFL’s drug testing policy, if it’s outdated, if Dak Prescott should play in Week 17, and his pick for the best quarterback/running back duo in the NFL.