Sep 18, 2016, 6:00 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 18, the day the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.
—Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff, noon, CSN; Redskins vs. Cowboys 1 p.m., FOX
—Days until: Browns @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Ravens 21; Eagles @ Redskins 28
Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cowboys
—You’ve heard that the Cowboys have gone 1-14 in their last 15 games without Tony Romo at quarterback. And you probably know that the one win came at the expense of the Redskins at FedEx Field on Monday night in Week 13. If you’ve been around a while you probably remember that the “1” in the 1-15 record the Cowboys had in 1989 came at RFK Stadium at the expense of the Redskins. That one still leaves a scar as the loss cost the Redskins a playoff spot. Washington does not want to be the victim of a second Romo-less win for Dallas.
—In that game last December, Dallas won despite compiling only 73 yards rushing. On the 2015 season the Cowboys weren’t as good running the ball as they were when they went 12-4 the previous season but they were still ninth in yards gained and fifth in yards per carry. Looking back, the Cowboys haven’t rushed for more than 125 yards against Washington since Week 6 of the 2013 season, their first meeting that year. The Redskins, of course, have not had one of the stouter rushing defenses in the league the last few years. I’m skeptical of the notion that Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris will run all over the Redskins.
—I probably haven’t been as hard on Kirk Cousins as I should have been this week. That’s because the Steelers racked up 38 points. They had six scoring drives and all but the last one started in Pittsburgh territory. I’m not sure how much difference Cousins would have made even if he was on his game. But clearly he needs to play better for the Redskins to win. Cousins doesn’t get the new starter mulligan this year; he needs to get rolling.
—Look for Cullen Jenkins to play and possibly play a lot. With Kendall Reyes out and Anthony Lanier still green they are going to have to get some snaps out of the other five linemen. Jenkins played 18 snaps against the Bucs in the fourth preseason game. Look for him to play more than that, maybe 10 or 15 more, today. On the other side of the ball we should see Josh Doctson getting an increase on the 12 snaps he played last week but maybe not a big one.
—Although you can’t like it anytime a wounded Cowboys team comes to town, I think the Redskins will take this one. I don’t see them winning by a big margin but they should be in control of Dak Prescott, enough so even if Dallas gets something going on the ground the Redskins will be fine. Cousins won’t get rolling like he did in the last 10 games of last year but he will be better than he was last Monday and good enough to pull out the win.
Redskins 28, Cowboys 20
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