Week 4 brings another rivalry matchup for the Dallas Cowboys. After handing the New York Giants their first loss of 2022, the Cowboys are set to host the Washington Commanders at Jerry World in hopes of going 2-0 in division play.
While Dallas is carrying a lot of momentum from a two-game win streak, Washington is looking to get back on track after a brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3. With the history of this rivalry, I’m sure there’s nothing the Commanders would love more than to get their first NFC East win against the Cowboys.
In theory, Dallas has the clear advantage in the game. Washington has an extremely weak offensive line, a quarterback prone to sacks and picks, and a defense that is struggling. However, they do have some key players who could make this matchup more difficult than some would have expected for the ‘Boys.
We know about guys like Jonathan Allen and Terry McLaurin, but who are other players that could shine in this contest? Let’s take a look.
3 Commanders players who could spoil Week 4 for the Dallas Cowboys
3. Curtis Samuel, WR
It’s finally starting to look like Washington has wide receiver weapons other than McLaurin on the field. Curtis Samuel, a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, has had a strong start in his sixth season in the league. The former Ohio State Buckeye started in just one game for the Commanders last year and had a meager zero touchdowns and just 4.5 yards per reception.
In the first three weeks of this season alone, the 26-year-old has 8.2 yards per reception and two touchdowns, putting him in second place (above McLaurin, J.D. McKissic, and Logan Thomas) on the roster.
After scoring four touchdowns in Week 1, Washington has had a very hard time finding the end zone lately. They haven’t had a first-half touchdown since Week 1. Last year, the Dallas defense was easily able to shut down McLaurin alone. However, with Samuel proving himself to be a worthy option for QB Carson Wentz, Dan Quinn will have to pick and choose who his secondary players cover.
Samuel brings elite athleticism by being able to take short passes and turn them into long gains, thanks to jukes and spins.
The sixth-year receiver knows this matchup against the Cowboys is a big deal, but he isn’t paying attention to the rumors and rivalry chaos:
"“It’s a big rivalry, but as players, all we can control is what we can control. And that’s going out there and getting a win. That’s the only thing we really care about. We don’t pay attention to what the media (says) and how people react to it, we just want to focus on getting a win.”"