Redskins vs. Cowboys preview: Matchups to watch, score prediction
Redskins defense vs. Cowboys offense
The Cowboys are going to have an advantage on this side of the ball as well. The Redskins simply have nothing left in the secondary and are going to have trouble containing the Dallas receiving corps.
Quinton Dunbar, Jimmy Moreland, and Danny Johnson were placed on IR in recent weeks by the ‘Skins. Additionally, the team is basically refusing to play Josh Norman in what appears to be his final days with the team. And Fabian Moreau is dealing with a hamstring injury and is still considered to be day-to-day.
Because of this, the ‘Skins will potentially be starting Aaron Colvin as their top corner and a number of players they have signed off the street in recent weeks. This includes Coty Sensabaugh, Kayvon Webster, Dee Delaney, and Breon Borders.
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None of these guys will realistically be able to contain Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb, and Amari Cooper. So, the Redskins will need to get some pressure on Dak Prescott if they want to slow down the Cowboys offense.
The good news is that Prescott hasn’t been himself in recent weeks. He’s dealing with some hand and shoulder injuries, so if he isn’t accurate or if Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis can get pressure on him, Washington may be able to get off the field. Their performance against the Cowboys offensive line — and backup left guard Joe Looney — will be one of the most important matchups on this side of the ball.
The ‘Skins defense also will need to focus heavily on Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott gashed the team for 111 yards on 23 carries back in Week 2 and in three of the last four games he has played against Washington, he has had over 111 rushing yards. Cole Holcomb and Landon Collins (if healthy) will need to react quickly to Elliott at the line of scrimmage if the Redskins have any chance of slowing down the Cowboys.
Once again, it seems like the Cowboys have the edge. The Redskins secondary is simply too much of an issue at the moment to be trusted.