Robert Griffin III has led Washington to just one win this season. Image courtesy of newsone.com
The once all-conquering NFC East is a shambles this season. The fact Dallas and Philadelphia lead the division with losing records shows just how much this group is struggling, although the Cowboys have the chance to get back to .500 with a win over longtime rival Washington on Monday morning (AEST).
The Cowboys did everything they could offensively to knock off the in-form Broncos last week, but even a 500-yards plus game from Tony Romo wasn’t enough to get them over the line as Denver won a thrilling shootout 51-48 . Romo also threw five touchdown passes, but not for the first time this season the Cowboys were woeful on the defensive end.
The Cowboys have given up 400 passing yards to three different quarterbacks this season, and with Robert Griffin III going to the air more this campaign as he continues his comeback from injury, there’s every chance the Dallas secondary could be in for plenty of work. Alfred Morris is sound in the Redskins’ backfield averaging 5.3 yards per carry, although he is only averaging 14 rushes per game. Knowshon Moreno ran roughshod over the Cowboys’ defence last week on the rare occasions Peyton Manning got the ball in his hands, but he still managed 93 yards and a TD on 19 carries.
If anything, the Skins’ defence is worse. It currently ranks 27th in the NFL against the pass and 31st against the run. DeMarco Murray tore St Louis apart going for 175 rushing yards in Week 4, and he could have a field day against Washington’s turnstiles.
Washington won both clashes between the teams last season; they were victorious 38-31 in Texas and 28-18 at home at FedEx Field.
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