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Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:35 am
 
Felix's playing time reportedly hinges on the 1:00 games. (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson


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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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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

And yet, he's playing...



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

So much for that report!

To answer the obvious question the article couldn't be bothered with:

If the Giants win and the Cowboys lose this week, next week's Cowboys-Giants game determines the division winner and a playoff seed.

If the Giants had lost and the Cowboys won, the Cowboys would clinch the division this week.

Any other result would still mean that next week's Cowboys-Giants game determines the division winner and a playoff seed.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

what happens if Giants win today and Cowboys lose today?
 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

That's a horrible explanation.  If the Giants lose, Dallas can clinch by winning because they'll be 2 games ahead with 1 game left.  If the Giants win, the best Dallas can be is one game up.  So if they lose this week, the Giant-Dallas winner would win the division, and if they win this week and lose next, they lose the tiebreaker to the Giants, so if the Giants win it comes down to next week's game.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

Ridiculous...they get paid millions of dollars to maybe play



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

Tanner was put on IR days before Murray was hurt...
 



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

I am confused..I understand letting Choice go, but what happened to that rookie Tanner, he was pretty good, did we cut him or is he injured? I wouldnt play Felix today at all if I was Dallas, but then again, I am not Dallas.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

I am a huge Cowboys fan. But this looks like another classic blunder by our GM/Owner. Why did'nt we keep Tashard Choice? As brittle as Felix has been, that put everything on the shoulders of a very talented rookie and then in affect crossed your fingers that your stud rookie does'nt get hurt? Now we are starting Morris? Seems somewhat dumb to me.


goodmingto
Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:04 pm
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