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Cowboys may have more to lose if they win against Redskins


Cowboys may have more to lose if they win against Redskins

The debate will rage on throughout the week as to whether the Redskins should rest their starters on Sunday or go for the victory with their best players against the Dallas Cowboys. Here's one thing to consider: the Cowboys' draft pick.

The Cowboys (4-11) are currently tied for the third-worst record in the NFL, with the Titans and Browns tied at the very bottom at 3-12. If the Cowboys lose on Sunday and the Titans and Browns both win, there will be a three-way tie for the worst record in football.

The tiebreaker for draft picks is strength of schedule. The team with the weaker schedule (i.e. opponents having a worse winning percentage) gets the better pick. As of right now, Tennessee has a weaker SOS at .493 than Dallas (.529) and Cleveland (.532). SOS will change, depending on opponents’ results in Week 17. Teams that are tied in strength of schedule then flip a coin for their draft position.

If the Cowboys win on Sunday, they could end up tied for the eighth-worst record in football. It would then come down to their SOS compared to teams like the Jaguars, Dolphins and Ravens, depending on the results of their games.

The range of where the Cowboys could pick remains vast. Is that enough to convince Skins fans to allow their team to lose to Dallas? Probably not, but it's something to think about.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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