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Quarterbacks in flux for TCU, Oklahoma State

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Quarterbacks in flux for TCU, Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) J.W. Walsh is done playing for Oklahoma State this season. His inspiring final performance could have a lasting impact, though.

Walsh played the final 3 1/2 quarters of the Cowboys' 31-10 win against Iowa State last weekend with an injured knee, running for a touchdown, maneuvering past defenders and throwing for a career-best 415 yards despite being hurt. When his teammates arrived the next day to find him on crutches and out for the season because of the injury he'd been playing through, coach Mike Gundy made sure to recognize his sacrifice.

``In order for our organization, our team, to continue to get better, the overall concept has to be unselfish football, the team, and to do whatever it takes within reason,'' Gundy said. ``We've had guys that couldn't compete. ... He wasn't unstable but had an enormous amount of pain. He continued to fight through it, and I made an example of that with the team.

``When you're young, those are things you have to learn. It's the greatest game there is for life lessons because there's pain in our lives at times and we have to fight through it. It may not be all physical. It may be mental.''

Walsh was one of three players who were lost for the season during last week's win, along with tight end Justin Horton and C.J. Curry. The Cowboys (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) have had five players suffer season-ending injuries already, and numerous others have missed time, but they still control their Big 12 destiny heading into Saturday's game against TCU (5-2, 2-2).

Gundy held out hope that Wes Lunt, who opened the season as the starting quarterback before his own knee injury thrust Walsh into the role, would be able to return to face the Horned Frogs. If not, it would be third-stringer Clint Chelf who gets the call.

``Whoever gives us the best chance to win,'' offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. ``Does Clint run with the same fever as J.W.? No. You have decide if you like the way we are moving and is Wes ready? Those are the things we have to determine this week.''

TCU has been dealing with its own instability at quarterback, with Trevone Boykin taking over after Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely following a 4-0 start. Boykin has gone 1-2 as the starter, sandwiching a superb game in a win at Baylor between the program's first consecutive home losses in the same season since 1998.

``We're excited about where we're at. We'd rather not be 2-2, but I think we're seven, eight, maybe nine plays away from being 7-0,'' coach Gary Patterson said.

A good number of those plays fall into the turnover category. The Frogs have committed eight turnovers in their two losses with Boykin at quarterback, including five interceptions by him. He accounted for five touchdowns with no turnovers in the victory at Baylor.

``He's doing a fantastic job. It doesn't matter if he's a freshman or a senior, if he's played one game or 20 games. He's got to step up and make plays, and he's done a great job doing that,'' guard Eric Tausch said. ``You couldn't ask for a better job than what he's done.''

The Cowboys had been tinkering with their offense to tailor it more toward Walsh's running ability instead of Lunt's tendency to be a drop-back passer. Now, it could be a reversal if Lunt's able to return or less so if Chelf gets his first career start after backing up Brandon Weeden the past two seasons.

``We're concerned about it because you can't have so many plays you're not good at any of them,'' Gundy said. ``They're two different styles of players, but we have to have enough of both based on who we feel like ... gives us the best chance of success.''

Lunt returned to practice a couple weeks ago and Gundy has said he was able to play if needed in the previous two games. Even with the changes so far this season, the Cowboys lead the nation with 605 yards per game - 23 more than any other team.

``This week, whether we move the ball or not, it won't be because of Wes Lunt or Clint Chelf,'' Monken said. ``Those guys are good enough for us to move the ball and score points.''

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3 things to watch in Caps vs. Panthers

The Capitals play their last home game of October on Friday as they host the Florida Panthers (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Here’s what you need to watch.

Dmitrij Jaskin is back in

Todd Reirden has made one adjustment to the lineup for Friday’s game, putting Dmitrij Jaskin back in on the fourth line in place of Nathan Walker. Jaskin has yet to record a point since joining the Capitals, but that has a lot to do with where he was coming from.

“This team is based on being creative and it's probably something that I missed in the last few years,” Jaskin said following Friday’s morning skate.

In St. Louis, Jaskin was coached by Mike Yeo and, before him, Ken Hitchcock. Both coaches preach a hard-nosed offensive style based more on effort and being defensively responsible than skill. Coming to a team like Washington then, a team that encourages skill and creativity on offense, is a pretty dramatic change.

Jaskin has played a very safe style since coming into the lineup. It’s good to be defensively responsible, but not if it completely chokes the life out of the offense. Jaskin is hardly generating any offense at all thus far since coming to Washington.

After a few more practices, can it finally spark some skill and creativity from Jaskin?

Can the Caps get the bottom six back on track?

The Caps have gotten only two goals in six games from their bottom six and both came in the team’s blowout opening win against Boston. The third and fourth lines generated some chances on Wednesday, but afterward, Reirden stressed that the team needed to see more production from its depth forwards.

“We've got to continue to get scoring depth wise if we want to have success in this league,” he said. “That's where everything's headed is you can't rely on your top guys to come through for you every night and we'll continue to focus on finding the right chemistry with that third and fourth line to be able to give us some added offense there as well.”

Florida could provide a good opportunity for those players to get some points on the board.

Starting goalie Roberto Luongo is out with an injury and James Reimer will get the start on Friday. In three games, Reimer has a GAA of 3.62 and save percentage of .885.

As a team, the Panthers currently rank 24th in goals against per game with 3.50.

Two teams in need of a win

Florida is still searching for its first win of the season with a 0-2-2 record. It is still early, but this is a Panthers team with playoff aspirations and you don’t want to dig yourself in too deep a hole to start or it becomes very difficult to dig out.

The Caps, meanwhile, will be playing in their final home game of October. They leave Saturday for Vancouver to kick-off a three-game Western Canada trip. They then will face the Canadiens in Montreal on Nov. 1 before finally returning home.

Washington’s next home game will not come until Nov. 3. That makes Friday’s game a big one for the Caps as they try to secure two points before hitting the road.

“It's definitely a big game,” Reirden said. “We want to build on some of the things we were able to accomplish last game. It's difficult anytime you go out west with time changes and different stuff. We know that [Florida is] going to be a desperate team that hasn't had the start that they want and they're talented so it's an important game for us to go on the road on a winning note.”

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Most Redskins fans wait all year for this particular Sunday, the Cowboys are coming to Fed Ex Field

The problem is the Redskins have not faired well in this rivalry over the last few years. The Cowboys have won five straight and eight of 10 against the 'Skins. Dallas has struggled away from Jerry's World this season, going 0-3 in road games. 

The Cowboys offense exploded against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the top defenses in the NFL. Ezekial Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott was effective through the air and on the ground, rushing for 82 yards and touchdown and throwing for a pair of scores. Prescott connected with Cole Beasley nine times for 101 yards and both touchdowns.

Dallas' offense isn't cured yet. The Cowboys still remain 29th in the NFL in total yards per game.

The Cowboys strength is on defense. Dallas is second in the league in points allowed per game (17.2) and fourth in yards allowed per game (315.2). Demarcus Lawrence can wreak havoc coming off the edge. He has 5.5 sacks this season. The Cowboys MLBs of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have been very active this year, both ranking in the top 10 in tackles. 

That's what the Redskins have to deal with in Week 7.

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REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS WEEK 7

Who: Washington Redskins (3-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

What: Game 6 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Where: FedEx Field. Landover, Md. 

TV Channel: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial. You can also watch pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Weather Report: Partly Sunny, 55 degrees. Wind gusts up to 25 mph.

REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS TV SCHEDULE:

8:00 AM: Pro Football Weekly
8:30 AM: Redskins Nation
9:00 AM: Redskins 100
9:30 AM: Redskins Kickoff Preview
10:00 AM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live
11:00 AM: Redskins Coach's Show
11:30 AM: Inside the Redskins
3:30 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
4:25 PM: Redskins vs. Cowboys (CBS)
7:30 PM: Redskins Postgame Live
8:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live

REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: Sun., 12/23, @ Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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