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Redskins Week 8 Preview: Who Steps Up Offensively?

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Dallas Comes To Town In Week 8

The best rivalry in the NFL is set to partake in its latest installment in Week 8. Yes, I am talking about the Redskins and Cowboys. A fierce rivalry that fans look forward to every time these two teams faceoff. It is almost as important as a holiday in the DC area. That much I can attest to. Both of these teams sit at 3-3, and the winner will look to improve their record above .500. Washington aims to win their first division game this season.

Who Steps Up Offensively?

This season Washington is still looking for consistency outside of running back Chris Thompson. He has been the playmaker for the team this year on the ground and through the air. Terrelle Pryor has not been the receiver that the Redskins signed him to be so far. He only has one touchdown on the season, and last week against the Eagles he did not play until the second half. Also, Jamison Crowder has yet to find the end zone. Jordan Reed, another offensive threat for Washington, scored his first two touchdowns of the season last week in Philadelphia.

Facing the Cowboys at home in Week 8 they will need better results from these players. As Chris Thompson becomes more dangerous, teams will look to limit his production as much as possible. Who steps up? A big reason as to why Pryor did not play in the first half against the Eagles is because Jay Gruden wanted Josh Doctson to get the start at that position. As a result, he will get more time. The good news is that Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed have had success against the Cowboys. Last year Reed recorded 165 yards and two touchdowns against Dallas in two games. Jamison Crowder had 127 yards and a touchdown in the two games the teams played last year. They also find room in the Tampa 2, Cover 2 and 2-man scheme that the Cowboys run.

Big Test For The Run Defense

It is no secret that the Cowboys offense predicates itself on running the ball effectively and winning the time of possession battle. They use this to set up their passing game, and this usually leads to success in play action. The linebackers have no choice but to account for the run because they run the ball at a high success rate. The Redskins are currently 14th in the NFL in rush defense. They have only allowed one 100-yard rusher this year. Washington also does a good job overall limiting the run.

They will be without their “Mike” linebacker Mason Foster. After suffering a completely torn labrum, the Redskins placed him on the injured reserve list. Washington will look to rely on Zach Brown to help contain Ezekiel Elliot. Brown is currently third in the NFL in tacklesThe question will be who will fill into Mason Foster’s role as the Mike linebacker. Usually, this is a spot for Will Compton, but Martrell Spaight and rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons could also see time at the position. Harvey-Clemons had an impressive preseason showing great tackling ability. Overall, I like Washington’s chances in this game with the potential return of the Josh Norman. Skins take this one 31-28.