The Dallas Cowboys will play four of their next five games against divisional opponents, and that begins on Sunday when they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Football Team. This game marks the first of two matchups between these divisional rivals.
The Cowboys currently hold a two-game lead in the NFC East. As a result, a victory in Week 14 could almost surely wrap up this division. However, it won’t be an easy battle for America’s Team. Washington comes into this matchup on a four-game win streak where they have outscored their opponents 90-70. Those wins came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and Las Vegas Raiders.
On the other side, the Cowboys haven’t played well as of late. They are just 2-2 in their last four games with losses against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders. Nevertheless, the woes likely won’t continue for much longer as Dallas is getting healthy at the right time. Coming into this game, the Cowboys will have all 11 starters on offense active for only the third team this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, America’s Team will likely welcome back defensive end Randy Gregory and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. Gregory hasn’t played since Week 9 due to a calf injury. Gallimore hasn’t played a single snap this season due to an elbow injury that he sustained in the preseason.
Essentially, this game will be the first time this season that the Cowboys will have all but one of their starters on both sides of the ball. The only starter missing is safety Donovan Wilson who was placed on IR with a shoulder injury. However, safety Jayron Kearse has filled in quite nicely with 20 tackles and an interception over his last two games.
This matchup between the Cowboys and the Washington Football Team is a big game for both sides. Washington will look to continue their four-game win streak while Dallas will look to get hot and try to lock up the division. Here are the keys to the game for the Cowboys in Week 14.