Sep 14, 2016, 6:10 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 14, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and player availability after practice approx. 3 p.m.
—Days until: Browns @ Redskins 18; Redskins @ Ravens 25; Eagles @ Redskins 32
5 early Redskins-Cowboys thoughts
—I think the Redskins would feel a little better if they had some more NFL game film of rookie QB Dak Prescott. One real game plus some exhibition action with no game planning makes it difficult to nail down his tendencies. But they have to go with what they have.
—Prescott generally played it safe against the Giants, sticking to short, safe throws. The only thing remarkable was the number of passes he threw. The 45 pass attempts were more than Tony Romo threw in any game in 2014, his last full season. Something tells me he won’t get by with that many attempts while throwing no interceptions and and taking no sacks very often. I’m sure the Redskins would love to have him pass 45 times against them.
—Ezekiel Elliott had a subpar NFL debut, averaging 2.6 yards on his 20 carries against a middling Giants defense. The fourth overall pick in the draft did get a rushing touchdown and did a good job blocking. The pressure to produce will be on both Elliott and the Cowboys organization that defied the conventional wisdom in taking a running back so high in the draft for quite some time. After 33-year-old DeAngelo Williams ran all over them on Monday night the Redskins need to be wary of any talented running back and Elliott qualifies there.
—The Cowboys weren’t bad defensively, in part because their offense held the ball for nearly 37 minutes, leaving Eli Manning little time to operate. Manning passed for 207 yards and he mostly had time to throw (2 sacks, -4 yards). New York ran on them some, picking up 113 yards and they mostly kept Odell Beckham under wraps (4 rec. 73 yards). For this one game, Dallas, missing suspended pass rushers Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence, did a good job against what is supposed to be one of the better offenses out there.
—Both of these teams are supposed to be playoff contenders and both dropped their openers. It’s too early to say that the winner is in and the loser is out. But history tells us that teams that start 0-2 face long odds of making the playoffs. An 0-2 start takes up too much of a team’s margin for error early on. It’s not a Code Red for the Redskins but they will be calling on soon if they don’t win on Sunday.
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