Laurent Robinson: Can he continue the success he has had the past few weeks? With Miles Austin out of the lineup, the Cowboys and Tony Romo have relied a lot on Robinson to make up for the loss of Austin. Robinson came up huge last weekend against the Bills, burning them for 73 yards but most importantly 2 touchdowns. He is giving Romo that 3rd option he was missing the last time Austin was sidelined. If Robinson can continue to play the way he has, it will give the Cowboys a wide range of options even when Austin returns. I expect Robinson to have a similar week this week with 70 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Felix Jones: What can we expect from Jones now that he is the backup? Felix Jones left the New England game the starting running back for the Cowboys; however, when he returns to the field on Sunday it will be as DeMarco Murray’s backup. The question now is what will Jones bring to the running game now that he is back? Felix has a chance to return with no pressure on him and to play a big role, Murray will get a majority of the touches but the Cowboys are going to still need yards when he is not in the game. Now Jones coming off an injury has to prove that he is healthy, but if he can I would like to see him return to the guy who was backing up Marion Barber. I think Jones and Murray will provide a nice 1-2 punch for the Cowboys. I see Jones having a 35 yard game in his return.
Dez Bryant: Can he continue his stellar play? In the last couple weeks, Dez Bryant has looked like the guy the Cowboys thought he would be when they drafted him. Despite the so-so game in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, Bryant has been Romo’s number 1 guy the last few weeks. With Bryant playing well, he is also opening up the passing game for guys like Laurent Robinson to get involved. Bryant has also not disappeared in the 2nd half of games which is huge for the Cowboys and for Tony Romo. I love the way Dez is playing, and if he keeps this up when Austin returns the Cowboys passing game is going to be tough to stop. I see Bryant having an 80 yard receiving and 1 touchdown performance this week.
Terrance Newman: Is he back or was last week just a fluke? I think Newman is back, maybe not Pro Bowl season back, but he has definitely played well as of late. He has had 3 picks in his last two games including one for a touchdown last week against the Bills. With a Redskins passing game that is subject at best, I would love to see them throw Newman’s way this weekend and see if he can’t take another one to the house. The Cowboys secondary was a big question going into the season, but they have really stepped up their game with 6 picks in the last 2 games. Three of those interceptions came from Terrance Newman. I would love to see the Redskins air it out this weekend and let the secondary add to their interception totals. I see Newman having a good game and getting himself another pick.
The Linebackers: How much pressure can they put on Rex Grossman or John Beck? The Redskins have been sacked 27 times this season and have thrown 15 picks this season. They are also ranked last in the league in rushing yards and going up against one of the best rush defenses in the league. So something is going to give on Sunday, I am interested to see just how much pressure DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and the rest of the linebackers get on the Redskins quarterbacks. I see the Cowboys being in the back field a lot on Sunday, I also see the defense getting 2 interceptions and sacking the Quarterback at least 4 times.