Sunday's game will be the 59th of Case Keenum's NFL career, yet somehow, it'll be the first time he's faced the Cowboys. He's plenty familiar with that franchise, however, thanks to his upbringing. 

"I'm excited to play these guys," Keenum said in his Wednesday press conference. "Grew up in Texas, obviously Cowboy country. A lot of my hometown, a lot of my friends and family back home, they got a big box of Redskins gear this year. They have to hide it from all their friends."

This particular matchup will be at FedEx Field, so perhaps Keenum's crew back in Texas will be able to rock that stuff if they're watching from home. Washington travels to Dallas to finish the 2019 season in late December as well.

Not only will this next installation of the rivalry mark a memorable occasion for the quarterback, it'll also be incredibly important to the Burgundy and Gold's overall fate.

Coming into September, it was known that these first two contests against the Eagles and the Cowboys would be supremely difficult, meaning many penciled the Redskins down for an 0-2 record through two weeks. Surprising folks on Sunday and walking off the field 1-1, though, would be massive, helping the team keep up in the NFC East and also quell all of the drama that'd come with beginning 0-2.

Not that that'll be easy to pull off.

"They're a great football team," Keenum said. "Their front is obviously very dangerous. Their linebackers, I think they've got Pro Bowl linebackers across the board there. And their cover guys have been there, they've got some experience and talent on the outside as well."


"We've got our work cut out for us," he added.

The Cowboys are coming off an impressive 35-17 opening win over the Giants, but Keenum is coming off a hot debut, too. If he's able to get Jordan Reed back and the running game can produce more, then Keenum will have a chance at taking down the franchise he knew all about growing up.

"I'm excited to line up against them," Keenum said. "It's going to be very special."