Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 24, 10 days before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
—Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Cowboys 4:30 pm, FOX, Redskins Kickoff 3:30, CSN
—Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 10; Redskins @ Eagles 17; Panthers @ Redskins 25
Injuries of note
Out: LS Sundberg (back)
Questionable: DE Chris Baker (hamstring/illness), WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle)
Final injury report
Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cowboys
Take it away: The Cowboys have been very sticky fingered all year long but particularly lately. They have just two turnovers in their last four games. A Cowboys takeaway is an ever more unusual occurrence; they have one in their last four games and none in their last three. In their last four games the Redskins have given the ball away four times and they have five takeaways. The Washington offense had no turnovers for the first time this year against the Packers. If the Redskins can keep their grip on the ball and perhaps force one or two takeaways on the Cowboys they will be in pretty good shape.
When you get it, keep it: The Dallas defense has faced just 600 plays this year, an average of 60 per game. Only two teams have faced fewer. Once teams do manage to get the ball after Zeke Elliott’s running and Dak Prescott’s short, accurate passes grind up the clock they move the ball fairly well. They average run 6.4 plays per drive (25th in the NFL) and 34.8 yards per drive (27th). The bottom line is that they allow an average of 1.92 points per drive, in the middle of the pack, 17th in the NFL. In these terms, they are an average to below average defense. The Redskins need to take advantage of that and put together long drives to keep the Dallas offense off the field.
Dez vs. Josh: A year ago, the Panthers thumped the Cowboys and Josh Norman, then with Carolina, helped hold Dez Bryant to two catches for 26 yards. Last September Bryan had a much better day, catching seven for 102. Norman did not follow Bryant from side to side in Week 2 until the fourth quarter in a classic case of locking the barn door after the horse had been stolen. Bryant dealt with injury and he has just 28 receptions on the year. But he has been heating up lately with a combined 12 receptions for 196 yards. Joe Barry should let the cornerbacks play sides to start out; Bashaud Breeland has had some success against Bryant in the past. But if Bryant starts to get on a roll Barry can’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
How will we like them after the game? This is the Redskins’ toughest assignment of the season and it really isn’t close. The Cowboys are on a roll, they are at home, and they are very confident. The Redskins also are hot and confident but they are dealing with a bad matchup. Their rushing defense is one area where the team continues to struggle. I don’t see them stopping, or even slowing down, Elliott running behind that Dallas offensive line. That will make it a tough go because even in a passing league it’s going to be a long day when the other team can run on you. I think the Redskins’ best chance will come if Norman can come through with a big takeaway, maybe a pick six. Since he has managed just one interception this year you can’t count on that happening.
Cowboys 30, Redskins 24
Tandler on Twitter
You know the Cowboys are winning when something like this pops up at the Tom Thumb grocery store. pic.twitter.com/o3s5HuYdcW— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 23, 2016
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