Sunday, November 20, 2011
How you feeling? Cowboys-Redskins
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for this afternoon's game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins in Washington, here's one reason for Cowboys fans to be feeling good and one reason for Redskins fans to be feeling good:
Cowboys feeling good: The Cowboys are rolling, and while they're certainly not about to take lightly a division rival who held them without a touchdown in Dallas' 18-16 Week 3 victory, this Redskins team is a shell of that one. Washington has scored a grand total of 20 points in its past three games, hasn't been able to run the ball at all and is led by a quarterback, Rex Grossman, who is prone to mistakes and turnovers. The opportunity is there for a confident Cowboys' defense to flex its muscles against an offense that right now is among the very worst in the league.
Redskins feeling good: It's tough to find too many reasons for Redskins fans to feel good about anything these days. But even though safety LaRon Landry looks as though he won't play today, Washington still has a very good defense that could make life difficult for Tony Romo with an aggressive pass rush. The Cowboys' running game isn't at full strength due to the absence of fullback Tony Fiammetta, which means Dallas might have to throw more than it has been, and if that's the case the Redskins will have a chance to make some plays. If Washington can win on first downs and on special teams, the chance exists for an upset. And if all else fails, there's always the law of averages. The Redskins have lost five in a row, and that can't go on forever.