This is exactly what the Dallas Cowboys earned in a getting a first round bye in the playoffs — the opportunity to get players rested and healthy.
Take left tackle Tyron Smith, for example. Smith aggravated an MCL sprain in the team’s 42-21 victory over the Lions Dec. 26. And the extra week of rest means he’ll be ready for the ‘Boys first playoff game.
Dallas gets the lowest-seeded winner of the Wild Card games this weekend, so it’ll be either the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, or the Detroit Lions in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 15.