We’re going to lose. I’m sorry. It is true. We don’t have the guns right now. Too many injuries. That’s ok. That’s life. Though it does suck that we can’t give the Cowboys our best game. With a healthy O-line, Sean Taylor, and healthy receivers, we can beat the Cowboys. They aren’t special.
But enough gloom and doom. If we’re going to pull off the upset, this is how:
1) Rattle Romo. There is a good Romo and a bad Romo. There is no in between, and unlike Tom Brady and other elite QBs, if Romo doesn’t bring his “a” game then he can’t win. You rattle Romo by showing him stuff he hasn’t seen. Because he is athletic enough to elude the rush, it isn’t really with the pass rush. It is with coverage schemes. Generally speaking, the Skins don’t really mix or disguise coverages much unless we blitz. And our blitzes have been on the shelf much more this year. I’d like to see Greg Williams go ahead and become a little blitz happy. What do we have to lose?
2) The Cowboys defense is only a little above average. But the rushing defense is very good. To beat the Cowboys, you victimize Roy Williams who is really just an extra LB. You have to hit the big plays when they come, and you have to stay on schedule. You can’t let the good Cowboys rush D get you in a constant hole.
3) Stop Julius Jones. Marion Barber is the good Cowboys RB, but he usually gets more of his carries at the goal line and in the second half once the defense has warn down. Jones, on the other hand, is the guy you see early when the Cowboys are try to establish their offense. Shutting him down not only means limiting the Cowboys early, but it means Barber is less effective later on. Jones is best running outside and on screen plays. this puts pressure on the LBs to take good angles.
I don’t see us being able to do this, but we’ve got a team that fights and we can only hope for the best. But if it happens, this is how it happens. Cowboys 27, Redskins 10.