Dez Bryant has been a consistent topic of conversation for the Dallas Cowboys, a team that makes news regardless of whether or not it has a winning record. Ever since being selected by Jerry Jones late in the first round of the 2010 draft, and especially since Jones personally offered the jersey number of Cowboys wide receiver legend Michael Irvin, Bryant has been expected to blossom into one of the league’s greatest.
He’s got the size, he’s got the speed, and he’s got the pedigree—coming out of Oklahoma State during their recent resurgence. Now in his third season, Bryant looks to be finally proving himself as a core member of this Cowboys unit. The offense has been built specifically with him in mind, and he is particularly useful on a team with Miles Austin, who more often than not attracts more opposing coverage.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Preview, X's And O's: How Romo Will Fare Against Redskins Secondary
Turkey, stuffing, and a divisional rivalry game on Thanksgiving, could it get any better than this? Once one considers the storylines and match-ups for this game, it only gets better. Washington and rookie sensation Robert Griffin III travels to Dallas to take on a Cowboys team with momentum heading into this huge week 12 grudge match. It is Griffin’s first game returning to his home state, and he faces Tony Romo, who is playing lights out football, throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last 3 games, after recording 13 picks in the first 7 games.
Cowboys Offense vs. Redskins Defense
American Thanksgiving is right around the corner and part of that tradition is watching the Dallas Cowboys host a prime-time game. Do they have what it takes to come out on top or will RG3 come in and spoil the celebration? I like "America's Team" in this match-up, so let's take a closer look at the X's and O's.
As the New York Giants lay idle in Week 11, resting up in a bye week, their division rivals were trying to make ground on them. Once again the NFC East is a division waiting for a team to take hold and dominate. The Giants are going through their annual mid-season slump, the Dallas Cowboys are giving yo-yo’s a bad name with how up and down their progress has been. Over in Washington, the Redskins are reliant on a rookie to carry them through games, meanwhile the Philadelphia Eagles are in such a deep hole that we may not see them surface for a long time.
Last season New York won the division off the back of a end of season winner take all match against Dallas, ended up 9-7, and went on to the big show to produce a near carbon copy of their Superbowl victory over New England in 2008. Of course there is an argument that it was Dallas that lost the division, after only needing to win 1 of the 2 games played against the Giants, played in the final four weeks. Failure to do so meant heartbreak again. The Cowboys know how to sing the blues in the final month of the season.
Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins won the battle of the rookie quarterbacks against Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 31-6. This was clearly the Redskins most dominant victory of the season. Griffin had an outstanding game throwing for 4 tds on 14-15 passing with 200 yards. RG3 also set a record for the highest completion percentage in a game as a rookie with a 93% completion percentage.RG3 Led the Skins in rushing with 85 yards on 11 carries. The Redskins defense stepped up and played a huge part in the victory as well. This is probably the best game the defense has played so far this year. They forced 3 turnovers in the game. DeAngelo Hall got it started with an interception and return to the six yard line. Safety Brandon Meriweather had an interception on the very next draft.Following Hall’s interception RG3 threw his first touchdown of the day to fullback Darrel Young. Later on RG3 threw a bomb to a wide open Aldrick Robinson for a 49 yard touchdown. RG3 Also threw a beautiful 61 yard pass to Santana Moss, who made a great leaping catch, for Griffin’s third touchdown of the game.