The NFL Week 15 television schedule received a shake up this week when NBC flexed the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers matchup out of Sunday Night Football and replaced it with a Cleveland Browns-New York Giants game instead. The choice makes sense since Browns-Giants features two teams fighting for the playoffs whereas 49ers-Cowboys does not, but it's also surprising given the Cowboys' massive following.
Head coach Mike McCarthy is disappointed by the move, but he also realizes the team isn't deserving of a primetime matchup given how the season has gone.
Dallas has never been flexed out of Sunday Night Football before, which illustrates that this is a truly down season.
Number one, I think it’s a reflection of where we are right now as a football team. I mean, these are the types of things that I guess happen when you’re not successful. We’re disappointed, make no bones about it.
The loss of Dak Prescott early in the year put Dallas on a downward trajectory. The team was 2-3 before Prescott went down with his ankle injury, but has only managed one win since. At 3-9, they currently stand in last place in the NFC.
Although it's been a season to forget, the team is in line for a top-10 or even top-5 pick in the upcoming draft, which could land them a standout talent to help turn things around in 2021.
Dallas will face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. The Cowboys are 3.5-point favorites in that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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