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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 9
September 3, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week:
CAR at HOU NYG at NYJ CIN at ARZ GB at MIN Buffalo
IND at MIA OAK at DET PIT at SEA Mon 9 PM Cleveland
JAX at BAL SD at CHI PHI at ATL NE at DEN Kansas City
NO at TB WAS at DAL STL at SF *updated Tennessee
   
Washington vs Dallas Sun, Nov 2; 1 PM on FOX at Texas Stadium
  Washington Rush Catch Pass
QB Patrick Ramsey 0 0 180,1
RB Rock Cartwright 10 20 0
RB Chad Morton 30 10 0
TE Byron Chamberlain 0 10 0
WR Lavernues Coles 0 60 0
WR Rod Gardner 0 40 0
WR Darnerian McCants 0 30,1 0
  Dallas Rush Catch Pass
QB Quincy Carter 20 0 230,2
RB Richie Anderson Q Q Q
RB Troy Hambrick 80,1 10 0
TE Dan Campbell 0 20 0
WR Joey Galloway 0 50 0
WR Terry Glenn 0 90,1 0
WR Antonio Bryant 0 50,1 0

Game Prediction: WAS 13, DAL 24

Update: Richie Anderson is still questionable to play with back and neck injuries and I am removing him from the projections. Jamar Martin will replace him at fullback if Anderson is unable to play.

The Skins are coming off their bye week, but it has hardly been a restful one. They are on a three game losing skid where they look a little worse each week and there is lockerroom dissension and questions about just what Spurrier can ever truly bring to the table other than revolving doors on the lockerroom and more losses.

Conversely, the Cowboys are at home and motivated to beat their big rival since they just were decimated in Tampa Bay last week. The game favors Dallas because the Bucs showed exactly what the Cowboys are - a fairly decent team that always gives a great effort. Against a bad team, you get blowouts like Detroit. Against a really good team like the Bucs, the Boys get throttled. The difference in this game will be the Cowboys are improving, last week not withstanding, and the Redskins are scrambling to avoid a freefall. It features old-school Parcells versus "I think I still am at school" Spurrier.

Washington Notes

The Redskins are 3-4 and on a three game losing streak. After seeming taking a step forward this season, they are now doing their traditional two steps back.

Quarterbacks: Patrick Ramsey has been beaten and battered this season and after completing only 9 of 26 passes for 115 yards against the Bills, he was replaced by Rob Johnson who was cut last week. Now Tim Hasselbeck has signed and will become the #2 quarterback.

Running backs: Trung Canidate missed the Bills game with a bad ankle will likely miss this week. Ladell Betts is expected to miss a couple more weeks with a fracture that affects his forearm and wrist. Chad Morton helped fill in for Canidate in the last game and ran seven times for 32 yards and will likely continue to offer spot duty while Betts is out. The same is true for FB Rock Cartwright who has become the Washington equivalent to Ray Crockett. Sultan McCullough may also get some play though the ragtag group is unlikely to so anything this week combined, let alone individually.

Wide Receivers: Laveranues Coles has not had a good game in a month and has not exceeded 62 yards in the past four weeks. Coles sat out practice during the bye week with a turf toe and is also nursing sore ribs. Rod Gardner has been more productive the past two weeks, catching nine passes for 88 yards against the Bucs and scoring the lone passing touchdown against the Bills.

Tight Ends: Did not even get a pass in the last game let alone any catches. Byron Chamberlain is not due to burn up your waiver wire any time soon.

Match against the defense: Ramsey will find scoring on the Cowboys tough to do and the aggressive defensive scheme will be designed to knock him around more than a World Cup soccer ball. With an even lesser ground game than usual, the Cowboys will have even less to worry about. Teams like Washington are why the Cowboys have such a high defensive ranking.

As noted, flip a coin on who will be carrying the ball on any given play. Spurrier has already stated that he does not intend on discussing the roles and ratios between McCullough, Cartwright and Morton. While all three have differing running styles, they will likely share in the fact that it all stops near the line of scrimmage anyway.

Dallas Notes

The Cowboys fall to 5-2 in the NFC East with the spanking in Tampa Bay last week. They are motivated to redeem themselves. Unlike the Redskins, they have the means to do it.

Quarterbacks: They cannot all be the Lions. Quincy Carter came off his near perfect game in Detroit just in time to turn in a 15 of 25, 140 yard effort with two interceptions against the Bucs. He looked much like the Carter of last year but was facing a very motivated, capable defense. This week will be a great opportunity to get back into the good graces of Parcells.

Running backs: Troy Hambrick only managed 25 yards on 11 carries against the Bucs and Richie Anderson was given more play in the toughest game yet for the Cowboys. Anderson carried six times for 17 yards and had 22 yards on five receptions which was the team lead in catches. This week will be a great opportunity to get back into the good graces of Parcells.

Wide Receivers: Both Terry Glenn and Joey Galloway ended with exactly 26 yards each receiving last week and Antonio Bryant failed to catch either of his passes. Almost each week one of the three wideouts disappears - it was Galloway the previous week. Almost each week one of the three has a big game, though facing a great defense ruined that little rule of thumb in Tampa Bay.

Tight Ends: The good news is that Dan Campbell had one of his best games of the season last week. The bad news is that he only had two catches for 28 yards.

Match against the defense: Since CB Fred Smoot is still not sure to play, it means that Terry Glenn should have a nice game. CB Champ Bailey draws Galloway on most plays and last year Joey only had 54 yards but scored once. Antonio Bryant is a lock to have somewhere between no catches and 150 yards since he has no real consistency and as a #3 receiver now depends upon the long pass catch.

The Redskins were shredded by Travis Henry (32-167) in week seven but have held their own against runners this season thanks in no small part to never facing a truly great back. Hambrick should have at least a decent game and could turn in a big one if Dallas can turn the second half into a clock-killing affair.

Team Comparisons - Current team rankings (1-32) for FF points scored or allowed by position
Rank (1-32)
QB
RB
WR
TE
PK
DEF
WAS Scores
12
23
5
32
7
31
DAL Allows
2
3
3
13
8
15
WAS AP
-10
-20
-2
-19
1
-16
Rank (1-32)
QB
RB
WR
TE
PK
DEF
DAL Scores
18
14
15
31
21
8
WAS Allows
21
26
14
32
11
24
DAL AP
3
12
-1
1
-10
16
Offensive ranks lower = gains more points, Defensive ranks lower = allows less points
AP = Advantage Points, the net difference between a positional rank gained or allowed by the teams.
WAS
DAL
2003 Game Averages
DAL
WAS
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
234
170
Pass yards
215
219
1.1
1.1
Pass TDs
1.0
1.9
0.7
1.1
Interceptions
1.0
1.1
10
3
Rush yards
13
4
0.1
0.1
Rush TDs
0.1
0.0
---
---
RB's
---
---
91
77
Rush yards
107
107
0.6
0.3
Rush TDs
0.6
0.9
38
33
Receive yards
43
39
0.0
0.3
Receive TD's
0.0
0.3
---
---
WR's
---
---
185
108
Receive yards
150
128
1.1
0.6
Receive TD's
0.9
1.0
---
---
TE's
---
---
11
30
Receive yards
22
52
0.0
0.3
Receive TD's
0.0
0.6
---
---
PK's
---
---
2.0
1.6
Field Goals
1.3
1.1
1.9
1.4
Extra Points
2.7
3.0
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
0.3
0.7
Fumbles
0.7
0.7
1.1
0.7
Interceptions
1.1
0.9
0.0
0.3
Touchdowns
0.4
0.3
1.4
2.3
Sacks
1.9
3.6
0.1
0.0
Safeties
0.3
0.0
Redskins (3-4)
Score Opp.
16-13 NYJ
33-31 @ATL
21-24 NYG
20-17 NE
25-27 @PHI
13-35 TB
7-24 @BUF
Week 8 BYE
Week 9 @DAL
Week 10 SEA
Week 11 @CAR
Week 12 @MIA
Week 13 NO
Week 14 @NYG
Week 15 DAL
Week 16 @CHI
Week 17 PHI
Cowboys (5-2)
Score Opp.
13-27 ATL
35-32 @NYG
Week 3 BYE
17-6 @NYJ
24-7 ARZ
23-21 PHI
38-7 @DET
0-16 @TB
Week 9 WAS
Week 10 BUF
Week 11 @NE
Week 12 CAR
Week 13 MIA
Week 14 @PHI
Week 15 @WAS
Week 16 NYG
Week 17 @NO

* Fantasy point rankings calculated using standard Huddle fantasy points