|Felix's playing time reportedly hinges on the 1:00 games. (Getty Images)|
By Will Brinson
Follow all the Week 16 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard
1 p.m. ET games:
CLE-BAL | DEN-BUF | TB-CAR | ARI-CIN | OAK-KC | MIA-NE | NYG-NYJ | STL-PIT | JAC-TEN | MIN-WAS
4 p.m. ET games:
SD-DET | PHI-DAL | SF-SEA
At 4:15 on Saturday, Dallas and Philadelphia will square off with a lot on the line ... unless the Giants win at 1:00. Then the game won't mean as much, because the Eagles will be eliminated if the G-men topple the Jets. As a result, Cowboys running back Felix Jones will reportedly only play if the Cowboys can clinch the division with a victory.
That's according to Matt Mosley of Fox Sports Southwest, who says Felix will "not play a snap" against the Eagles unless the Cowboys are playing to win the division. Even then, according to Mosley, he's "50-50." (Mosley added that "there is no upside to starting" Felix in fantasy.)
Here's how this whole thing works: if the Eagles beat the Cowboys, the Giants lose to the Jets, and the Giants beat the Cowboys next week, the Eagles will somehow win the division if they also beat the Redskins. There's much reason for hope in Philly right now.
But that whole notion is toppled if the Giants win on Christmas Eve, because the Eagles will be -- literally -- eliminated from playoff contention with a Giants victory. And a Giants win also means the Cowboys can't clinch until Week 17 anyway, when they play the Giants. (Even with a victory, the Cowboys would be 9-6 and the Giants would be 8-7; Week 16 is irrelevant for the NFC East if they both win on Sunday.)
Confused? Excellent. But all you really know, as it relates to the Cowboys game plan, is that Felix Jones won't be playing unless the Cowboys have a chance to lock up the NFC East, and even then he'll probably only play a few snaps.
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