The season hasn’t been great for the Washington Redskins as they have just one win this season and they are 0-2 in the division after getting swept in the season series against the Philadelphia Eagles. This week’s new challenge will be to try and contain a Dallas Cowboys team that is not only coming off their best win of the season, but are also entering this game with their best players healthy.
Keeping Zeke average—It looks like Ezekiel Elliott will play on Sunday, barring yet another twist in the machinations of the legal process. In two games against the Redskins last season, week 8 and week 13, Elliott averaged 110 yards per game and 18.5 yards per carry. If the Redskins want to have a shot in this one they must hold that average down to less than half.
Put pressure on Dak—Although Dak Prescott got hurt in the opening week and had a less than stellar game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Dak is still a major threat in the air and on the ground. The Redskins have managed to keep Dak in the pocket, as he had -2 yards running out of the pocket last season. But, the lack of pressure has made it all too easy for Dak. In the two games last season, he threw a combined 461 yards and had a completion percentage of 74. If Dak gets going early the Redskins could be in for a long day.
Norman on Dez—Josh Norman has had a tough time this season as he has been playing with an undisclosed upper body injury. Head coach Jay Gruden has said he does not intend to sit Norman out. That could change after this game. If Dez Bryant has a big game against the Redskins, you can bet that fans and upper management will put the pressure on Gruden to sit Norman until he is 100% healthy.
We’ll see how it all turns out between these two division rivals this week when the Cowboys take on the Redskins.