Washington Redskins: Three Keys vs the Dallas Cowboys

When the Washington Redskins take the field Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, they will do so as one of the most injury-riddled teams in the league. They will most likely be without LT Trent Williams and RG Brandon Scherff. The Redskins ruled out center, Spencer Long earlier this week. So what will the Redskins have to do to get a victory and keep pace in the NFC Playoff race? Here are the three keys for them on Sunday.

  1. Defense

The defense of the Washington Redskins will be at the ready on Sunday. They should get back starting corner Josh Norman. If Bashaud Breeland can play the same way, he did on Monday night the secondary should have no problems containing the Cowboys receivers.

The run stopping game of the Redskins has been on point all season long. I do not see that changing against the Cowboys.

The pass rushing abilities of the Washington Redskins will need to strengthen up. They will need to remember to keep Dak Prescott in the pocket and not let him escape. Pressure him from the edges keeping the front gaps contained. If they do this, the line will be able to get to Prescott a few times.

  1. Special Teams

The Redskins special teams have been nothing special this season. Special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica needs to wake this unit up. Return specialist Jamison Crowder is in the bottom half of the league in return yards. A big return this week could be exactly what the Redskins need to spark a late scoring drive to ice the game.

  1. Jay Gruden

With the offensive line of the Washington Redskins facing a number of injuries, Gruden will need to have his head in the game and be at his best in calling plays. He will need not be afraid of sticking to the run. Even though the secondary of the Dallas Cowboys is the weak point, pass protection could be at a minimum. Keeping Kirk Cousins upright with the short, quick passing game could be key to keeping his offense on the field.

The Washington Redskins have every opportunity to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Doing so will keep them right in the heart of the NFC East Playoff race. This is one of the best rivalries of all time. It should not disappoint.

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