Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy

Many are criticizing the tough draw the Dallas Cowboys have been given.

The Cowboys won their NFC Wild Card Round matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. The team will play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, giving the Cowboys five days of rest.

San Francisco, by comparison, will get seven days of rest after they won their Wild Card game against Seattle on Saturday. The drastic difference between the two has drawn criticism, but to their credit, Dallas has thus far not made any excuses. Owner Jerry Jones said it was the hand the team was dealt. Head coach Mike McCarthy had a very realistic point of view on it.

Via Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, McCarthy said of the scheduling quirk, “I think it’s going to serve us well. We’ll have less sleep, and we’ll be grumpy. TV is king. What are you going to say? …It’s not a concern. We’ve got plenty of time to get ready. We’re not stressed about it at all.”

McCarthy is telling the truth that TV is absolutely king. Somebody was always going to get this hand. When the NFL added the extra playoff game, this was going all but a guarantee. In this case, it just so happened to be the Cowboys. But they don’t seem to be fretting it at all.

[Michael Gehlkin]

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