Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 27, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky press conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3 p.m.
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 13
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 20
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 27
First look at Redskins vs Cowboys
Broken or wounded and dangerous—Since Ezekiel Elliott started serving his suspension three games ago, the Cowboys have been a mess. They have been outscored 92-22 in that span. Dak Prescott had four interceptions in the Cowboys’ first nine games; he has five in the last two games. The Dallas defense also has had plenty of issues. Either they are broken and they won’t be fixed until Elliott returns or they are the dangerous, wounded animal backed into a corner. While I suspect they are the former I think the Redskins will proceed as though they’re the latter.
Hello Alfred—In three games against the Redskins since leaving Washington, Alfred Morris has carried just nine times for 22 yards. With Zeke sidelined, he will play a much more prominent role on Thursday. In the last three games, Morris has 37 carries for 180 yards, a solid 4.9 yards per carry.
Dez not worth a follow—It was just last year that there was a debate about whether or not Josh Norman should follow Dez Bryant from side to side. Clearly, there is no point in doing that on Thursday. He does lead the team with 53 catches, but he has been targeted a whopping 102 times. Jason Witten is second on the team with 63. Bryant is averaging just 10.9 per reception with a long of 36 yards so when he does catch the ball he’s not getting huge chunks of yardage. He does have four TDs, so maybe give him a little extra attention in the red zone.
Sack slump—Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is second in the NFL with 11.5 sacks but he’s not much in the “what have you done lately” category. After getting a sack against the Redskins in Week 8, he had 10.5 sacks and just one in the last four games. The Redskins are all of a sudden very leaky in pass protection, so they still need to beware of Lawrence and David Irving, who has six sacks in his first four games back from a suspension but none in the last three.
Potpourri—The Cowboys are minus-four in net turnovers, the Redskins are even . . . Witten (50) has only three fewer receptions than Bryant (53) with 39 fewer targets . . . Other than the 2015 season finale, which was basically a preseason game as the Redskins had clinched their playoff seeding and the Cowboys were eliminated, Washington has not beaten Dallas since Kirk Cousins became the starting quarterback . . . The Cowboys are the first team since the 2009 Browns to score in single digits in three consecutive games. The Redskins have not had such a streak since 1961.
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