Washington Redskins: Three Keys to watch against the Dallas Cowboys

The Washington Redskins head to Dallas to take on the Dallas Cowboys Thursday Night. This is a game that both sides desperately need. A win keeps them alive in the NFC playoff chase. Meanwhile, a loss, all but eliminates you from playoff contention. The Redskins should dominate this game. Here are the three keys for a ‘Skins victory.

  1. Josh Norman

Norman has had some struggles the past couple of weeks. The Redskins will need him to be on top of his game this week. I do not expect him to travel against Dez Bryant. With the way that Bashaud Breeland has played, you can expect them to play sides. However, just because Norman may not travel does not mean he can slack. Hence, he still needs to shut down his side of the field.

  1. Level of Competition

Yes, I place this on here again this week. Last week, for the first half, the Washington Redskins played down to the New York Giants. Whereas, in the second-half, they flexed a little muscle and ran away with the game. In the same way as the Giants, the Cowboys are down on all levels. The Redskins mustn’t play at that level. Above all, they need to force the issue and dominate the Cowboys. In the end, this game should not be close.

  1. Time of possession

There should be a definite TOP advantage for the Washington Redskins. I mean, the Redskins should have drives of 6+ minutes. Particularly aiding in keeping the defense fresh. Additionally, the newfound running game can assist. Similarly, the Redskins defense will need to get off the field on 3rd downs. Thus forcing the Dallas defense to be on the field longer.

All in all, this is a game that the Washington Redskins should walk away with. For the simple reason that the Dallas Cowboys are not the complete team, they have been. Therefore, the Redskins should solidify their path to the playoffs. By the same token, send the Cowboys to the couch.

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