Redskins vs. Cowboys – These are five things that if the Redskins can accomplish, they will stand a better chance of getting the win against the Raiders.
1. Get an early lead – The Redskins have started from behind in every game this season. They managed to come back against the Raiders in week 4, but it’s in their best interest to get out quickly against the Cowboys. Dallas has a much better offense than the Raiders, and the skins can’t afford to get too far behind. An early lead will help the Redskins stick to the running game and maybe help the defense out as well. The No-huddle attack the Redskins used with success against the Raiders should also be an option early, if the offense starts slowly.
2. Convert on Third Downs – The Redskins are ranked 26th in the NFL with only 32% of third downs converted. They will need to convert at a much higher percentage against the Cowboys. The Redskins and QB Robert Griffin III will need to keep drives going, and win the time of possession battle. Limit three and out, and give their defense a chance to catch their wind. Especially with the Cowboys offense, The Redskins need some balance between the offense and defense.
- 3. Contain DeMarco Murray – The Cowboys passing game is very good, and WR Dez Bryant has emerged as a hard target for the Redskins defense. At some point Bryant and TE Jason Witten will make a big play, so the Redskins defense needs to try to keep the Cowboys running game in check. The Skins are one of the worst defenses in the league against the run, and that needs to change this week. Limiting the Cowboys running attack could work to create problems in their passing game as well, particularly on play-action.
4. Keep the game close – The Cowboys and QB Tony Romo lit up the Denver Broncos defense last week for 48 points. There’s no way the Redskins can afford to let the Cowboys have that kind of offensive outburst, so they need to keep the game close. If the Redskins can stay close, then they may be able to steal one on the road late in the game. They don’t want to get into a shootout with the these Cowboys.
5. Try to rattle Tony Romo – The Cowboys have to be reeling a little from the way they lost to the Broncos, with Tony Romo once again throwing a late interception to seal the defeat. If the Redskins can get some consistent pressure on Romo throughout the game, then maybe they can rattle him into making more mistakes with turnovers and incomplete passes late in the game.