Redskins vs. Cowboys: Keys to victory in Week 17 of the 2019 season
By Kyle Hundley
1. Redskins cannot let Ezekiel Elliott get loose again
After carving up the Redskins for 121 yards and a touchdown in their Week 12 game last year, Elliott had his way early in Week 2 this season, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Washington hasn’t been able to stop him when they’ve faced him, and that’s a huge problem because he is a large part of the Dallas offense.
It’s not just Elliott, either; the Redskins have had trouble stopping just about every running back this year, minus Christian McCaffery. Saquon Barkley had himself a game against Washington last week, rushing for a whopping 189 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Washington is 29th in the league against the run, giving up almost 142 yards per game. Yikes.
Elliott could be in for a big game against a bad Redskins’ run defense. The last time Washington beat Dallas (Week 7 of last season), the run defense did an excellent job of containing Elliott, limiting him to just 33 yards on 15 carries. If they can find a way to shut down Elliott, it will go a long way in their upset bid. If he gets loose again, as he did in Week 2, Washington likely won’t be able to stop the Cowboys.