Today’s edition of the FOXSports Podcast will feature a look back at the best of NFL Week 17.
The Dallas Cowboys will be the biggest losers of the week.
Their best player went down with a torn ACL in the second half of the team’s loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Dallas will have to go on a four-game losing streak against teams with winning records to get back into the top 10.
Dallas lost its top two wide receivers in Dez Bryant and Dez Odrick.
Bryant, the top overall pick in the 2017 draft, suffered an ACL tear in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks and Odrick missed the rest of the game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Dallas also lost its best cornerback in Brandon Carr, who suffered a concussion and will miss the rest for at least two weeks.
This leaves a hole at safety for the Cowboys to fill.
The team also lost running back Terrance Williams to a foot injury.
Bryant is the Cowboys best receiver and was the leading rusher in the NFL last season with 2,631 yards.
Odrick has played a key role in Dallas’ offense and was a main reason for the team going 14-4 last season.
But Odrick will be sidelined for at most a month.
The Cowboys’ top two defensive linemen in Jason Hatcher and Dontari Poe were both injured and will be out for at best six weeks.
Dallas lost its second-leading tackler in DeMarcus Ware and its third-leading rusher in DeAndre Levy.
The Cowboys also lost their second-best pass rusher in Lawrence Timmons, who had been a key part of the defense.
In a strange twist of fate, the Cowboys lost their top cornerback in DeShawn Shead to a knee injury.
Shead is one of the best cornerbacks in the league and played a major role in the Cowboys’ run defense.
But Shead will be in a lot of pain when he returns.
In the backfield, the team will have no choice but to use backup Matt Cassel, who finished third in the Pro Football Focus (Pro Football Focus) rushing average among qualified running backs last season at 4.03 yards per carry.
Cassel was a big part of Dallas’ rushing attack last season and will have a big workload this year.
But Cassel will likely get more carries with DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott out.
Dallas had a great game plan going into the game.
It looked like the Cowboys would use a little more of the same strategy they had in Week 16 against the Denver Broncos.
The plan worked.
Dallas used more run-heavy packages, including a zone-blocking scheme with a number of tight ends and wide receivers on the field.
But the Cowboys also ran the ball well.
Dallas ran for 212 yards, including 100 in the third quarter against the Chargers.
But the Cowboys were unable to execute the plan, as the Chargers outgained Dallas on the ground for a season-high 308 yards.
The offense was unable to generate any pressure on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who was sacked six times.
The Chargers were also held to only a 38.5 percent completion rate.
On the other side of the ball, the San Francisco 49ers were also a big reason for Dallas’ win.
San Francisco went 7-0 and dominated the first two quarters.
The 49ers’ offense scored 25 points in the fourth quarter.
But San Francisco didn’t score again in the game until the final two minutes.
The 49ers also allowed just eight first downs on the day.
The first came on a play that was called back when safety Eric Reid knocked down an Eli Manning pass.
Reid also intercepted Manning in the end zone and made a diving grab for a first down.
The San Francisco offense went 4-of-7 on third downs, completing just 6 of 16 passes for 63 yards.
But that wasn’t a huge problem for Dallas because the Cowboys did a good job of limiting the 49ers to a fourth-quarter field goal and interception.
But when it comes to the big picture, the 49er defense had its best game of the season.
San Franciscans running backs were able to run for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
The backs combined for five catches for 106 yards.
San Diego was also able to put pressure on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who threw for just three touchdowns.
The team’s offense will have an even bigger impact than it did against the Broncos.
It was a very similar game plan to how the team played last year against the Buffalo Bills.
It will feature the same two-tight end sets, two-wide receiver sets, and a lot more running backs.
This is also the time when the 49-man roster will be trimmed.
The defense was the difference in this game, with the Cowboys limiting the Bills to a season low six points.
The Giants scored seven points in their last four drives and limited San Francisco to just six points