Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 23, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys.
—Today's schedule: Team has walkthrough and travels to Dallas, no media availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 11; Redskins @ Eagles 18; Panthers @ Redskins 26
Injuries of note
The team conducted a walkthrough on Tuesday but by NFL rules they had to issue a hypothetical injury report saying who would have practiced if they had held one.
Out: LS Sundberg (back)
Limited: DE Chris Baker (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), LB Preston Smith (back)
Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Cowboys
Let’s start with one who is not on the list this week. Kirk Cousins has been here almost all season but passing for 375 with three touchdowns with no picks against the Packers gets him off of it. Of course, there is always pressure on an NFL quarterback, especially when going up against the team leading your division, but as promised he is not one of this week’s five.
—The team is starting to rely more and more on Rob Kelley to move the ball and the Redskins are going to have to rack up some time of possession to help out the defense. Kelley did not get off to a great start against the Packers; he had just 35 yards at halftime. He will need to stay productive from beginning to end to help the Redskins on Thursday.
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—Jordan Reed also needs to be involved in the offense from beginning to end. The best way to keep Zeke and Dak in check is to have them on the sidelines watching the game on the massive video boards. Reed can take advantage of mismatches, which should be plentiful against a depleted Cowboys secondary.
—And if Kelley and Reed can soften up the Dallas defense it will be time for DeSean Jackson to go deep. He was productive against the Packers but he has yet to do what he’s best known for, getting open past the last defender and hauling in a long pass for a 70-plus yard touchdown. He’s running out of time to show the team he’ll be on next year, whether it’s the Redskins or another one, that he’s worth a substantial investment due to his special skill.
—The guys in the middle are key against the rushing game so inside linebackers Will Compton and Mason Foster share an entry here. Not only do they need to bottle things up in the middle against Zeke Elliott’s runs, they have to get back and disrupt Prescott’s passing lanes, something that didn’t happen in their Week 2 meeting.
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—Josh Norman may not follow Dez Bryant from side to side but he will be responsible the Cowboys receiver a lot of the time. While Cole Beasley makes a lot of big plays for the Cowboys it’s still Bryant who will be the man Prescott looks for when the game is on the line. Norman needs to make sure that Bryant comes away empty handed.
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In case you missed it
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