Thursday, November 22, 2012
How you feeling? Redskins-Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to host the Washington Redskins today at 4:15 pm ET (3:15 pm CT), here's one reason for Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for Cowboys fans to do the same.
Redskins feeling good: They're not seeing the Cowboys at their absolute best. With running back DeMarco Murray out, backup running back Felix Jones possibly out and Dallas' best offensive lineman, Tyron Smith, nursing a high-ankle sprain, the Redskins' defense finds itself in a position to make the Cowboys' offense one-dimensional. Washington may not have to respect the run, and with Jermey Parnell and Doug Free playing tackle, the ability to build on last week's impressive pass-rushing performance exists for the Redskins. They still need to shore up the coverage on the back end, and the loss of safety Brandon Meriweather could hurt some of the momentum from last week, but they have a chance to get Tony Romo on the run.
Cowboys feeling good: This is their turf, their home. They're used to playing on Thanksgiving. They didn't have to get on a plane during the short week. They know how to prepare for this game. Romo's won the last five of them he's played. And while they obviously haven't dealt yet with the unique challenge presented by Redskins rookie quarterback and NFC Offensive Player of the Week Robert Griffin III, they should have no problem covering his receivers and limiting his downfield options better than the Eagles did last week. The Cowboys should be able to keep the game close, even if they do struggle to get their offense going, and in a close game late Romo can generally get it done.