A two-game winning streak to close out the season, coupled with a meltdown from the Philadelphia Eagles, allowed the Dallas Cowboys to claim the No. 2 seed in the NFC. While they won't get a bye like this seed used to, they will have at least one home game — two if they pull out the win against the Green Bay Packers.
That should help their odds of finally getting back to the Super Bowl, something that's evaded them since the 1995 season. While they know they can contend with any team in the league, the Cowboys do have a couple of areas of concern. To shore those up, they should consider benching these three players in the playoffs.
3. Michael Gallup, WR
Ahead of the 2022 season, Michael Gallup was signed to a five-year extension. Now just one year later, his role in the offense has become non-existent. Gallup went without a catch over the final two weeks and had three receptions for 13 yards in their final four outings.
This wasn't done unintentionally either. Early in the year, Dallas tried too hard to get Gallup involved and it was a disaster. Following a game where he had three catches on 10 targets against the Chargers, Gallup never saw more than five targets in a game — and that only happened twice.
With the ball going to CeeDee Lamb more often, he wound up having a historical season. They also saw Brandin Cooks finally take off following a slow start. Even Jalen Tolbert and KaVontae Turpin stepped up when they got their targets.
Going into the playoffs, this needs to be the case. Gallup had a great run but right now, Tolbert and Turpin are superior options and should alternate as the third wideout along with Lamb and Cooks.