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Washington Redskins Week Two Preview: A Rivalry Renewed?

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The Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys in a critical week two matchup as both teams are looking for the first win of the season. The Redskins are looking to avoid an 0-2 start and capture their first win of the season.

It’s only week two, but the Washington Redskins are in a “code red” situation. There’s a realistic possibility that the Dallas Cowboys leave FedEx Field on Sunday with the “W”. After an embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Redskins are in desperate need of a victory over the Cowboys. An 0-2 start at home within the first two games would be a huge disappointment for the franchise.

Dallas also endured defeat in week one, but in a more mind boggling fashion. Terrance Williams had a blunder of epic proportion, and the New York Giants were able to snap a five-game season opener losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys.

Dak Prescott will be making the first road start as well as a NFL quarterback. The fourth round pick out of Mississippi State will be looking to improve upon last week’s performance. Like Washington, Dallas is in a must win situation early in the season. A 0-2 start, more importantly within the division would be a huge blow to the Cowboys playoff hopes.

Keys to Victory

  • Stopping the run will be a major emphasis for the Redskin defense for the remainder of the season. DeAngelo Williams won AFC Offensive Player of the Week because of his performance Monday night. Dallas has the best offensive line in all of football and they want to establish the run. Ezekiel Elliot struggled against Giants but his backup, Alfred Morris looked sharp last week. If Dallas establishes the run, and generates between 35-40 carries, Washington could have a tough time pulling it out. Expect former Redskin Alfred Morris to figure heavily into the Cowboy game plan.


  • Rattle the Rookie-Defensive coordinator Joe Barry took on a lot of scrutiny this week as he was criticized for his gameplan against the Steelers. With Dak Prescott at quarterback this week Barry needs to employ various sets to get Prescott confused and off balance. Prescott struggled with throws against the Giants last week. With added pressure from blitzes in 3rd and long situations, Barry can make life extremely uncomfortable for the Prescott and the Cowboys.


  • Balance on Offense- The Redskins offense was completely inept Monday night. Cousins committed two turnovers and did very little to elevate his team. Washington needs to establish a run game. It doesn’t have to be dominant just efficient. Matt Jones desperately needs to get off to a hot start in this game. The Cowboys defensive line consists of lower tier players so it’s imperative he injects life into the run game. If not, I think it’s time we Robert Kelley should become more involved on Sundays.


  • Ryan Kerrigan– He had a sack and nearly a fumble recovery Monday night. Doug Free struggled against Olivier Vernon. The Redskins pass rush was nonexistent against the Steelers. I believe that a large part of that, was due to the play of Ben Roethlisberger. The Redskins need Ryan Kerrigan to play well. He’s the best player within the front seven that has seen its share of issues. Playing against a rookie quarterback can


  • Bashaud Breeland– Breeland had a bad day at work Monday. It happens, the only difference is that 13 million  witnessed his “bad day” on national television. The franchise still has the utmost confidence in Breeland and so do I.  As a rookie, he limited Dez Bryant to a 3 catches 30 yards on Monday Night Football. Bryant figures to be have a bounce back game after a one catch for 8 yards performance last week. It’s a week to week league, and I expect Bashaud Breeland to have a huge impact on this game.


  • Desean Jackson– Jackson was Kirk Cousins go to guy last week with six catches for 102 yards. “D-Jax” had a strong preseason and training camp. and carried his momentum over to the regular season. All of Dallas’ touchdowns last week were surrendered were through the air. Expect Kirk Cousins to look Jackson’s way early and often.

Game prediction

If Tony Romo were healthy, Washington would struggle to win this game. The Cowboys offense is loaded with weapons and the run game should flourish. If it does, the Redskins will be looking at a 0-2 start. However, the Cowboy defense lacks playmakers. The secondary is vulnerable and the defensive line is inexperienced. With a suspect pass rush, Cousins should have a bounce back performance. Washington Redskins 27 Dallas Cowboys 21.