Why the Cowboys Can and Should Beat the Redskins
This is the classic matchup…Good guys versus bad guys, cops and robbers…cowboys versus Indians. If you’re a fan of either the Dallas Cowboys or the Washington Redskins, this game needs no introduction! The team trending up, Dallas, goes on the road to a 32-27 loser to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington.
Here lies a huge opportunity for the Cowboys to jump to a 2-0 division record in the NFC East. This may also provide insight to last week’s win over the Giants as Dallas dominance being established or a so-so New York team losing on the road. Do not forget the NFL is a business and Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper shall certainly continue to be playing for their business paycheck lives against a storied opponent.
On the field for the Redskins it may not be Return of the Jedi, however, Adrian Peterson and possibly Jordan Reed (concussion protocol) may both be back in the offensive lineup for Washington. These players provide a sizable test for the Cowboys front 7’s defensive line and linebackers. Running back Peterson loves to play against the Cowboys and seems to do very well as he may have added incentive being from Palestine, Texas. Tight ends Reed and Vernon Davis, if Reed is sidelined, certainly watched film of Giants TE Evan Engram catch passes throughout the game at AT&T Stadium last week. Hopefully, the linebacking corps has made the adjustments this week to account for that position. FYI, Davis caught a touchdown pass last week against Philadelphia.
The Cowboys will ride into a hostile FedEx Field with 90,000 fans who for the most part do not like the players with the star on their uniforms. However, here is a golden chance for Dak and the ‘Boys to continue spreading the ball and offensive love around to, as we saw last week, a lot of player makers…Truly, there is only one real “Playmaker” in Dallas. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore shall earn his keep seeking to continue this team on course while knowing the Eagles scored 32 points against the Redskins defense. On again, off again and now on again Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had 8 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns last week against a Redskins defense that will see multiple receivers who can get downfield and catch the ball from the Cowboys. And don’t think that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will let Peterson outshine him rushing the ball. Zeke averages over 100 yards and a touchdown versus the Washington Redskins.
So here comes another good old-fashioned rivalry matchup early in the 100th NFL season for the Dallas Cowboys. One they can win. One they should win. One they need to win to backup last week’s win.