Christie grew up in Jersey wanting to be Roger Staubach, and after he left the Dallas locker room, he told ESPN.com that he is amazed by the way Prescott has managed the burdens that come tethered to perhaps the highest-profile job in sports.
“The guy every week just sounds under control and looks under control on the field, and it really is extraordinary,” Christie said. “He’s only going to get better, and I think it says a lot about kids who stay in school all four years. He had five years at Mississippi State, and he came in ready to respond to the pressure he’s under week after week.
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Surging: Washington might have cost itself a playoff berth with its home loss in Week 15 to the Carolina Panthers, but it rebounded nicely Saturday and still is in the race. If Washington beats the Giants on Sunday — assuming the Detroit-Green Bay tilt doesn’t end in a tie — Washington will get in as a wild-card team.
Mathew Barzal Authentic Jersey Slipping: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t eliminated, but a ton has to happen for them to get in. They need to win. They need Washington to tie. They need Green Bay to lose. And they need all four of the following teams to win their Week 17 games: San Francisco, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Dallas. Sounds like next year for Tampa.
Worth noting: The Minnesota Vikings (7-8) started the season 5-0 but were eliminated from playoff contention with Saturday’s loss in Green Bay. They traded their first-round pick to the Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford after Teddy Bridgewater got hurt, and now they face an early and uncertain offseason.