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Washington Redskins (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-0), 4:15 p.m. ET
Another early-season division showdown. The Cowboys are heavily favored, but I don't see a blowout coming. After a dismal showing against the Giants on opening night, the Redskins have bounced back with wins against the Saints and Cardinals. Quarterback Jason Campbell seems to have found a rhythm within coach Jim Zorn's West Coast offense.
Campbell has great respect for Wade Phillips' defense, but he also knows he torched it last November in a 28-23 loss at Texas Stadium. Win or lose, we'll know a lot more about the Redskins after Sunday's game. Tight end Chris Cooley and wide receiver Santana Moss have both had huge games against the the Cowboys over the past three seasons. Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart wants to make sure Moss doesn't catch any deep balls.
The Redskins have a strong running game with Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, but their only hope against the Cowboys is through the air. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is hoping to cut down on some of his mistakes. He has turned the ball over in the end zone three times, and he can't do that against an opportunistic Redskins defense. Look for Redskins rookie safety Chris Horton to receive a lot of snaps this week. Washington loves what he brings to its defense.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at Chicago Bears (1-2), 8:15 p.m. ET
There's a good chance the Eagles will be playing without three key starters on offense. Brian Westbrook (ankle) is questionable, but the fact that he didn't practice at all this week leads me to believe he'll sit this one out. Westbrook's backups, Correll Buckhalter and Lorenzo Booker, have to be ready to go.
The Eagles could also be without tight end L.J. Smith (back) and right guard Shawn Andrews (back). At even strength, this is a game the Eagles should win, but in my book, it's a pick'em if Westbrook doesn't play. Donovan McNabb (chest) will have plenty of weapons at receiver, but the line has to do a good job of protecting him for the Eagles to win.
Remember the defensive game plan against the Steelers? I'd do the same thing. Try to slow down running back Matt Forte early, and then put the game in Kyle Orton's hands. I don't think they'll sack him eight times as they did Ben Roethlisberger, but he'll go down four or five times. This is a game that Jim Johnson's defense needs to win, and I think they'll be up to the task.