Cowboys Offense vs. Redskins Defense
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been on fire as of late, connecting for 43 receptions for 721 yards and 9 touchdowns in the last 6 games. They will need to continue their success, as it is win or go home game for Dallas. Dallas can win the NFC East with a win over the Redskins, or see their playoff hopes destroyed on the road against their passionate divisional rival Redskins. This game should see it’s share of offense, as the Cowboys 6th ranked overall offense will aim for big points against the Redskins 28th overall defense.
Tony Romo and Weapons vs. Redskins Secondary
Romo is doing his best to get the Cowboys back into the playoffs. 3rd in passing offense, the Cowboys have had problems with running the ball all season. Romo has stepped up after a turnover filled first half of the season to throw for 4,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. Jason Witten and Miles Austin will both top 1,000 yards in this game, and Dez Bryant already has 1,311 yards and 12 touchdowns in what is turning out to be his breakout season. Washington has tried unsuccessfully to defend Bryant in different ways. Cornerback Josh Wilson will be mostly responsible for Bryant, who has beaten just about every corner Washington has. Safety Madieu Williams helped Wilson shadow Bryant in their last meeting, and Braynt went crazy for 8 receptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Witten was hampered by internal injuries for the beginning of the season, but has bounced back to record his first 100 reception season, and will claim his 4th 1,000 yard season with only 17 yards against Washington. The Cowboys have the NFL’s 3rd ranked passing offense, and going against the 30th ranked passing defense of Washington led to Romo’s career high 441 yards in their last meeting. Expect more fireworks in this one, as Romo and Dallas have even more to play for, on the road, with the whole season on the line.
Demarco Murray vs. Redskins Run Defense
Having Demarco Murray back will be a big part of the Dallas game plan. Murray was inactive in the first meeting, but provides an explosive element against the 5th ranked Washington run defense. Part of the Redskins success against the run is a good team based scheme for run defense. Inside linebackers Perry Riley and London Fletcher both have 100+ tackles on the season, but have had troubles getting off blocks. Washington’s safeties Williams and Reed Doughty, and cornerback Deangelo Hall have been critical parts of this teams run defense. The Murray element adds a wildcard for this game, Washington is tough against the run, but Murray specializes in making the best out of nothing, and can break a big run if Washington relaxes for even a second.