Friday, December 20, 2013
Cowboys ready for anything from Redskins
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- In the middle of a six-game losing streak, there is little for the Washington Redskins to play for.
And that could make it more difficult to get ready for the Redskins.
The Cowboys will have to get ready for just about everything from fake punts and kicks to going for it on fourth down. Last week Mike Shanahan elected to go for two after scoring a touchdown with 18 seconds left. The conversion attempt failed and Washington lost to the Atlanta Falcons.
“They’re an aggressive team anyway,” coach Jason Garrett said. “They’re aggressive on offense. They’re certainly aggressive with their defense and their overall approach. That’s an element to this game, there’s no question about that.”
The Redskins would also like nothing more than to possibly ruin the Cowboys’ season. Longtime linebacker London Fletcher is most likely playing his final home game with him being “99.9 percent” sure he will retire after this season.
“They’ve got a lot of proud players,” tight end Jason Witten said. “[Brian] Orakpo is playing, in my mind as good as I’ve seen him play. They have good leadership. I know defensively Fletcher, Orakpo, [Ryan] Kerrigan, they’re going to rally the troops and play well. It’s always a fight in this league and especially when we go against them. I think we anticipate anything or even more because their mentality is 'we’re out of it but we’re going to build on this.' We’ve got to be ready for this fight.”