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WEEK 6 NYG at CHI (THU) DET at CLE OAK at KC TEN at SEA
ARI at SF GB at BAL PIT at NYJ WAS at DAL
CAR at MIN JAC at DEN PHI at TB IND at SD (MON)
*UPDATED CIN at BUF NO at NE STL at HOU On Bye: ATL, MIA

Prediction: WAS 23, DAL 31 (Line: DAL by 5.5)

Players of Interest: Terrance Williams

Update: Miles Austin is expected back from his hamstring strain and will take the #3 role. That could dig into Terrance Williams stats slightly but really just replaces what Dwayne Harris would do. Austin may be on a limited snap count anyway.

The Cowboys come off one of their most heart-breaking losses in many years but at 2-3 remain tied for the NFC East lead. The Redskins haven't won a game since the season opener and yet are only a half game behind. Connecting the dots says this should be a good win by the Cowboys but the recent loss to the Broncos may still take a toll emotionally.

The Redskins swept the Cowboys in 2012, winning 38-31 in Dallas and then 28-18 in the season finale.

1 PHI 27-33 10 @MIN -
2 @GB 20-38 11 @PHI -
3 DET 20-27 12 SF -
4 @OAK 24-14 13 NYG -
5 BYE WEEK 14 KC -
6 @DAL - 15 @ATL -
7 CHI - 16 DAL -
8 @DEN - 17 @NYG -
9 SD - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
WAS @ DAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Robert Griffin III 320,2
RB Alfred Morris 60 1-10
WR Pierre Garcon 8-110,1
WR Leonard Hankerson 4-50
WR DeSean Jackson 4-40
WR Santana Moss 6-70,1
WR Andre Roberts 3-30
TE Jordan Reed 4-50
PK Kai Forbath 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Redskins finally get onto the winning side of the standings with their road trip to Oakland who was missing both Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden. The Redskins leave the easier part of their schedule only 1-3 and with two road games sandwiching a home stand against the Bears. The game against the injury-ravaged Raiders made the defense look better than it is. Until then, it was giving away an average of 32 points per game and that was with two home games against just the Eagles and Lions.

QUARTERBACKS: After opening the season with five touchdowns over the first two weeks, Robert Griffin III only managed one score over the last two weeks. His rushing yardage continues to be minimal and without any rushing scores. Griffin did throw for over 320 yards in each of the first three games but only because the Skins defense makes each week a shootout.

Griffin passed for 304 yards and four scores in Dallas last year.

RUNNING BACKS: Alfred Morris left the Raiders game with bruised ribs but there were no breaks and he's expected to be fine with the bye giving him some rest. Morris scored twice this year but both came in home games. He still has no role as a receiver despite the promises made last summer and he's only been afforded a high of 16 carries in any game because the Skins fall behind so badly that they consistently abandon the run. Morris is already back to practice this week.

Morris rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown in Dallas last time. He later would run for 200 yards and three scores in the season finale.

WIDE RECEIVERS: No changes here with Pierre Garcon being the only real weapon of any consistency. He scored in both road games and has been worth 60 yards or more every week. Santana Moss shows up on occasion but comes off a zero catch effort in Oakland. There is minor talk about Leonard Hankerson who has been the supposed sleeper in the receivers for going on three years now. He has become a starter at least but still hasn't topped 49 yards per game since the season opener.

Pierre Garcon turned in 86 yards and a score in Dallas last season but no one else had anything notable.

TIGHT ENDS: Tight ends have only offered minimal value this year despite four different players taking turns. By far the only notable player has been Jordan Reed who missed the Raiders game because of a bruised quadriceps. He is expected to return this week but the best any tight end has produced this year was 51 yards and they have all combined for just one touchdown that Reed caught in Green Bay.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Cowboys secondary continues to be their weakest link and have already surrendered three games with over 400 passing yards and only Sam Bradford failed to score more than once against them. The rushing effort is likely to be less effective for the Redskins who have defensive problems themselves and will likely have to abandon the run as they have in every game so far. Griffin and Garcon are must starts. Moss and Hankerson are risky plays but could well end up with above average stats. The Cowboys have been weak against tight ends but only from facing Julius Thomas and Antonio Gates the last two weeks. Reed could do something here but he's too big of a risk to expect much.

WHAT TO WATCH: As long as Griffin can avoid making mistakes and turnovers, the Redskins can stay in this game and compete. Dallas is bound to be a little down from last week and that would play in the Skins favor but this is also a divisional game against a long-time rival.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 11 21 6 17 29 3
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 32 22 24 30 18 5

 

1 NYG 36-31 10 @NO -
2 @KC 16-17 11 BYE WEEK
3 STL 31-7 12 @NYG -
4 @SD 21-30 13 OAK -
5 DEN 48-51 14 @CHI -
6 WAS - 15 GB -
7 @PHI - 16 @WAS -
8 @DET - 17 PHI -
9 MIN - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
DAL vs WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Tony Romo 320,3
QB Brandon Weeden 250,1
RB DeMarco Murray 80,1 4-40
WR Dez Bryant 8-120,1
WR Terrance Williams 5-80,1
TE Jason Witten 6-70,1
PK Dan Bailey 1 FG 4 XP

Pregame Notes: No two ways about it. The media and Dallas fans would have been kinder if they just lost 51-28 instead of 51-48. That final drive interception only reinforced the perception about the Cowboys in general and Tony Romo in particular. It did show that the offense can hang with any team at least in a home game and that the new Cover 2 defense is not exactly a finished product yet. The Cowboys remain bottom five in defending all passing categories and that wasn't just the Manning factor.

QUARTERBACKS: Tony Romo comes off a career best and Cowboys all-time record of 506 yards and he tossed five touchdowns while only throwing one interception in the last four games. The timing on that one was maybe not the greatest. But Romo has been prolific at home if only in a fantasy sense.

Romo passed for 441 yards and three touchdowns on the visiting Skins in 2012.

RUNNING BACKS: DeMarco Murray is still far less effective when the Rams are not around but he did score his second touchdown on the year in the loss to the Broncos. He ran for only 43 yards on 12 carries and saw his receptions fall to just one since the need to throw long was constantly there last week. Murray normally is good for three to five catches in every game and still shares very little. This is still his backfield until his next injury which after five weeks seems sort of overdue.

No running back scored on the Skins last season and Murray was not healthy for the home game.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Dez Bryant comes off another 141 yard effort - his second of the year - and scored twice on the Broncos. That gives him six touchdowns over the last four weeks and six more more catches in most games. Miles Austin is out with his typical hamstring issue but Terrance Williams has been more than adequate as a replacement. After logging seven catches for 71 yards in San Diego, he turned four catches into 151 yards and a touchdown on the Broncos. That included a blazing 82-yard touchdown catch and run where the defense saw nothing but heels going down the sideline. These last two games have seen Williams provide more spark than Austin has managed in a few years.

Bryant turned in eight catches for 145 yards and two scores on the Redskins in Dallas last season.

TIGHT ENDS: Jason Witten opened the season with a bang but then was marginal for three straight weeks of no scores and only about an average of 40 yards in each. Then the Broncos showed up and he blew up with seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. So far all of his home games have been at least solid in yardage if not a score as well.

Witten caught nine passes for 74 yards when the Redskins came to Dallas last year.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: This should be fun. The Skins bring one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and one that can compete with how bad the Cowboys are. Romo should be a lock for high yardage and multiple touchdowns and all the normal Dallas starters must be in your lineup this week - Romo, Murray, Witten, Bryant and even Williams.

WHAT TO WATCH: This is a great matchup for Terrance Williams to post yet another big game and with that ensure that Austin is nothing more than a #3 for the rest of the year.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 6 23 4 7 12 6
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 30 28 29 22 11 9

WEEK 6 NYG at CHI (THU) DET at CLE OAK at KC TEN at SEA
ARI at SF GB at BAL PIT at NYJ WAS at DAL
CAR at MIN JAC at DEN PHI at TB IND at SD (MON)
*UPDATED CIN at BUF NO at NE STL at HOU On Bye: ATL, MIA


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