NFC East Rivals Vie For Playoff Berth

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The Washington Redskins have the chance to collect their first NFC East title since 1999 when they take on division rival Dallas in a Week 17 matchup which is likely to see the loser’s season come to an end. The Cowboys have been in this position in 2011 and 2008 and lost both regular season finales to see their campaigns come to a crashing halt.

The ‘Skins are on a six-game winning streak, and while much of the focus has been on rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III , another first year player has been a big part of Washington’s success. Running back Alfred Morris has rushed for the fourth most yards in the NFL and in the 38-31 defeat of the Cowboys in Dallas earlier this season, he ran for 113 yards and a TD from 24 carries.

Griffin missed the win over Cleveland a fortnight back due to a knee injury, but returned for the 27-21 victory over Philadelphia last weekend. He was still hampered by the injury and uncharacteristically carried the ball just twice for four yards rushing, but he has indicated he will be able to run more against the Cowboys.

Dallas was without gun running back DeMarco Murray last time the teams met, and as a consequence, Tony Romo threw the ball 62 times which is the second highest tally throughout his career. Also out with injury for most of that contest was receiver Miles Austin who suffered a hip strain on the Cowboys’ opening drive.

The key to a Cowboys win could be another wideout in Dez Bryant . He has scored a touchdown in his last seven games and sits second in the league with 12 overall. If the ‘Skins secondary can’t keep him quiet, then Romo might be able to lead the Cowboys to playoff clinching win. Dallas has won three of its past four at FedEx Field. 

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