Washington Football Team: Five Keys to Gobble up the Dallas Cowboys

It is Dallas week! What does that mean? It means that the Washington Football Team takes on the Dallas Cowboys. This is one of the longest-standing rivalries in the NFL. The first time these two teams met this season, Washington came away with a big win. Now, on Thanksgiving Day, the two teams meet again. This time with first place in the division on the line. What will it take for Washington to come out on top? Here are the keys.

Alex Smith

Smith did not play in the last meeting. Nonetheless, he has revitalized an offense that had its troubles on and off this season. In his four games this season, Smith is completing nearly 70% of his passes. He has thrown for 918 yards with 2 TDs and 4 INTs. Smith is 7-4 as the starting QB of this franchise. If Washington is to win on Thursday, they will need another strong performance from Alex Smith.

Running Game

In the first meeting between these two teams, the run game for the Washington Football Team was on display. Washington ran for 208 yards on 39 carries. They also had one rushing TD. Rookie Antonio Gibson led the way with 128 of those 208 yards. This will have to be the focus of the Dallas defense this week. Which could then play into our above key with Alex Smith.

Fast Start

Washington still has yet to score on their first possession of a ball game this season. That has to end on Thursday. The offense of the Washington Football Team should be able to get after this Cowboys defense. After all, they racked up nearly 400 yards in the first meeting. The game plan needs to be to attack the league’s 24th ranked defense. Also, do it with tempo. This Washington offense seems to be better when they are playing with tempo.


Washington needs to stop the run game of the Dallas Cowboys. This has been a strength of this team the past couple of weeks. It has kept them in ball games and even led them to a win last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Washington will need to force Andy Dalton to beat them and their number one ranked pass defense. Jack Del Rio needs to employ the same games plan as he did in week seven.

Kicking Game

Tress Way, the punter for Washington, is having another fantastic season. However, Dustin Hopkins, Washington’s kicker is not. Last week, Hopkins missed another kick. Fortunately, for Washington, that kick did not matter as Washington had the game. Nevertheless, Hopkins could be called on to make a crucial kick in Thursday’s game. He will need to be focused and ready to put it through the uprights.

Washington has an opportunity to take over first place in a weak division. As I have stated, winning this division may not be pretty, however, it will help in the direction of this franchise. A win Thursday afternoon will go a long way in doing so. It will also help the turkey go down a little easier.

What do you feel is key for a Washington Football Team victory on Thursday? Leave a comment below.

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