Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Preview: Defense

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If there is anything sacred, then this building will never be named after a sponsor.

As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to play the Washington Redskins, it pains me to say that they are playing at FedEx Field. I had so much more respect for the Skins when they played at RFK (named for Robert F. Kennedy). I really hope that Jerry Jones never needs a few million dollars bad enough to sell the name of the stadium.

The two teams appear to be heading in opposite directions: the Cowboys are winners of 2 in a row and are coming off an outstanding performance against the Bills; the Redskins are losers of 5 in a row and failed to score a TD last week in their loss to the previously 1-7 Dolphins.

The Cowboys should win this game handily. The Redskins have scored just 20 points in their last 3 games. The Skins lost 23-0 to the Bills just two weeks before the Cowboys dominated them. The Redskins were not the most talented team in September, and they have gotten much worse due to injuries.

Many of the Redskins starters are on injured reserve or unable to play: Kedric Golston (DE), Chris Cooley(TE), Phillip Buchanan (CB), Leonard Hankerson (WR) and Kareen Moore (S) are all on IR.

Santana Moss (WR) and LaRon Landry (S) will both miss the game due to injuries.  UPDATE: It now appears that Landry will play.

As a result of these injuries, the Redskins signed two players worthy of note: Tashard Choice and Donte Stallworth.

Click on the link to read about some of the storylines.

As an interesting aside: I was reading one of the Redskins blogs, and I came across a  story involving ole TC that surprised me. It read:

In anticipation of the upcoming game against his former team, Redskins running back Tashard Choice could say a lot of things.  He could talk about how the Cowboys, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, cut him unceremoniously after Week 7.  He could talk about how he laid his body on the line, and when he injured his hamstring, they sent him packing.

Has anyone else heard any speculation that Choice was let go because of an injury? That was the first I heard of it.

Things must be slow in the Capital, they are still talking about what they call “Barkgate”. Remember Phil Costa’s botched snaps (was it 3 or 4?) to Romo the last time they played the Skins, and the accusations that Redskin players were confusing Costa by imitating Romo? Their website says that it was Stephen Bowen who was accused of yelling out the fake calls. I don’t remember Bowen being singled out, do you guys? Either way, it is slightly amusing that they have deemed it “Barkgate” and are still talking about it.

Clink on the link to read what I will be watching for on defense.

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