#4. Give us two under-the-radar names to keep an eye on in Sunday’s game, one on offense, and one on defense.
IC: On offense, I’d keep an eye on seventh-round rookie center Chase Roullier. Roullier was very solid in preseason, solidifying himself as the team’s best option at backup. With Spencer Long likely out this week, Roullier is preparing to register his first NFL start.
He was drafted because of his perceived NFL readiness, and his performance will go a long way toward deciding whether this offense is effective or inert.
On defense, a name to watch for would be inside linebacker Martrell Spaight. Like Roullier, he’ll get an increased role due to injuries above him. Spaight, a former fifth-round pick, was drafted out of Arkansas because of his ability to impose himself and finish tackles.
However, he hasn’t shown much development, and on Sunday, we’ll get a long glimpse at how far he’s come. He’ll be a big part of whether this defense succeeds or fails.
#5. Who wins this game, and why?
IC: I want to say the Redskins, since they’ll be at home. But the Cowboys are riding high after a blowout win against the 49ers, and the Redskins are being absolutely stripped to the bone by injuries. I don’t think this team will be ready after a short week of preparation, and I have the Cowboys winning, 27-19.