September 16, 2019

Washington Redskins Week 17 Preview: at Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East champion Washington Redskins travel to face the rival Dallas Cowboys in an extremely rare meaningless game (from a standings perspective). Washington (8-7) has already locked up the division and a home playoff game by beating the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and will likely play their star players sparingly, if at all.

Dallas (4-11) is having the season that most Washington fans expected to have. They have had quarterback problems throughout the season due to the injured clavicle of Tony Romo, and have started 4 different players at the quarterback position this year. This week, they land on Kellen Moore, the lefty out of Boise St. The Cowboys have never been able to get it going offensively this year, and they will not be helped by the absence of Dez Bryant (injury) this week either.

The last time these two faced each other was about a month ago on Monday Night Football, and the outcome was not too pretty for Redskin fans. The ‘Boys handed the home team a 19-16 defeat, helped by a bone-headed play late in the game by DeSean Jackson.. Luckily this time around, the game has no significance other than bragging rights.

Washington is expected to be without a lot of players in this game, with coach Jay Gruden almost treating it as a bye week for some to get much-needed rest. RB Matt Jones, FS DaShon Goldson, CB Quinton Dunbar, LT Trent Williams, S DeAngelo Hall, and WR DeSean Jackson are among those players expected to either sit or play sparingly due to nagging injuries. Kirk Cousins is expected to play only in the beginning of the game before handing the reins to backup Colt McCoy.

Key Matchups

RB Darren McFadden vs. Redskins’ Front 7

McFadden is quite simply the Cowboys’ only weapon left. McFadden is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing on the season and figures to carry a heavy load again today to protect Moore and company.

ILBs Mason Foster and Will Compton have been two pleasant surprises this season, and have played the run much tougher as of late. However, DeMarco Murray had a few solid runs up the gut against them in the Philadelphia game, so they must keep it tight against a player with a similar downhill running style in McFadden.

 QB Colt McCoy vs. Dallas Secondary

Redskin faithful love to spread the narrative that Colt McCoy is Dallas’s kryptonite after he beat the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last year in overtime. Cousins is expected to only play a few series, so we will most certainly get some Colt facetime today.

The Cowboys’ secondary is quietly one of the best in the league, allowing only 15 passing TDs all year despite their anemic offense leaving them in bad situations. We will see if Colt can be as effective as he was the last time in this stadium.

Redskins’ “Stud” of the Game

QB Colt McCoy

Why the heck not? I would love for the backup to go out and carve up Dallas again right near where he grew up.

Prediction

Redskins 21, Cowboys 13

Both teams will play conservatively out of necessity, but I will take the team riding high off a playoff berth over the team just waiting for their top-5 draft pick in April.

About Seamus Kane

Seamus Kane is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Wizards. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seamus grew up in the area all his life rooting for the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Caps, and Terps. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in American History and now lives in Washington, DC. His favorite DC sports legend is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, and his favorite DC sports moment was Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off in the first-ever game at Nationals Park, a game which he attended. You can follow Seamus on Twitter @ShamelessKane

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