There is nothing quite like Cowboys Week around Redskins Park. Refreshed by time away, the players have been vocal about their feelings of archrival Dallas Cowboys.
With extra incentive of a possible tie for the NFC East lead at stake, the players are exuding a confidence that isn’t normally associated with a 1-3 team.
Dallas, coming off a week where they gave their best left hook to Peyton Manning but still fell short, is known for being enigmatic. One week they look like world beaters and the next they look like they couldn’t even hang with any of the local high schools.
Anyway, with Sunday’s Jerry World-sized matchup looming, here are some storylines that national and local Dallas media are following:
Last season the Cowboys simply could not stop the read-option. Whether it was a Robert Griffin III keeper or a give to Alfred Morris, the Redskins sliced and diced the Cowboys defense like a piece of warm cheddar cheese. With an offseason to film study will the third matchup see different results?
DeMarcus Ware is one of the best defensive players in the NFL and has been for quite some time. In his first eight seasons he recorded 111 sacks, an average of 14 per season. With a new coordinator regime taking over during the offseason though, the Cowboys moved Ware to defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. In five games he has four sacks, but is the moving affecting his production?
For one week, the Cowboys looked like they had the best offense in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean anything this week.
The matchup of DeAngelo Hall vs. Dez Bryant epitomizes the emotion of this rivalry. Constantly in scuffle, the two refuse to concede any advantage to the other. Bryant admitted this week that Hall won the psychological battle last year but it won’t happened again this go-round.
Despite the late interception that cost his team the chance at a 3-2 record, tight end Jason Witten said that Tony Romo is “as composed as anyone I’ve ever been around.”
And finally, hunkered in the depths of Redskins Park in front of an impressive computer collection, Redskins lead writer Brian Tinsman analyzed plenty of game film to whittle down what he believes are the four keys to the game. Never disagree with a man who Joe Theismann attempts to get fantasy news from.
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