- Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN Staff Writer
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Don't be surprised, at all, if Lance Dunbar starts.
Considering the Cowboys have the NFL's worst first-down rushing offense -- 3.37 yards per carry -- this would be a good week for Jason Garrett to use the pass to establish the run.
That's right, Garrett should start this game throwing the ball and asking Tony Romo to shoulder the responsibility of the offense.
Running the ball will create too many second-and-long situations, as we've seen all season, which will benefit Washington's defense.
Attacking on first down will help the Cowboys avoid those situations. Although the offensive line has been ravaged by injuries, the Cowboys can use three- and five-step drops to keep Romo out of harm's way.
Besides, Romo is playing his best football of the season. His passer rating has been above 90.0 in five of the last six games. Witten and Dez Bryant are each playing their best football.
Passing is what Dallas does best.
And if the Cowboys can grab an early lead with their passing game, then perhaps Dunbar and Jones can get some work done in the second half.