The Washington Redskins, to the surprise of most professional analysts and pundits, are in first place in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) with a Won-Loss record of 5-6. Call it the surprise of the season so far in the National Football League (NFL).
Washington is a team that has “fallen on hard times” over the past several years and little was expected of this squad in the current 2015-2016 Season. But the team from the nation’s capital has performed above expectations and finds itself “the leader of the pack” in its division which is among the weakest in the entire league. Quality play from QB Kirk Cousins has been a primary reason for the success of Washington.
The Dallas Cowboys, better known as “America’s team,” were supposed to dominate the East Division this season. But star quarterback Tony Romo sustained an injury in the second game and followed star wide receiver Dez Bryant to the sidelines for an extended period of time. The loss of both key performers for most of the season has effectively destroyed any chance Dallas might have had to play in the postseason and this team which won its division last year, is now in last place with a Won-Loss record of 3-8.
As next Monday night’s nationally-televised game draws near, there seems to be little that Dallas has to play for except, perhaps, the chance to spoil things for teams on its schedule that have a chance to advance to postseason play. This game’s opponent, the Washington Redskins, is one of those teams that needs to win, a team that the Cowboys can impact negatively with an unexpected win.
For that reason, it seems likely that the visitors from the Lone Star state will be bringing their “A” game with them when they travel to Washington, D.C. a few days from now. While quarterback Tony Romo recently suffered a second shoulder injury that has ended his season prematurely, Dez Bryant and other top-level athletes will be taking the field for the Cowboys.
Washington, after surprising the Giants a week ago to take over first place, may be vulnerable in this game. After all, professional athletes in the NFL find it difficult “to get up” for every game. And even though this divisional contest is extremely important for the home team, it would come as no shock if they start the game looking unprepared for battle.
Of course, NFL games last four quarters and sixty minutes. So, even if the Redskins get off to a slow start, they may be able to overcome an early deficit to beat the visiting Cowboys. It is Washington, after all, that has a lot to play for in this game.
The ballpark in the nation’s capital should be filled t capacity when the two divisional foes square off on Monday night. Although the Redskins can be beaten by just about any foe, the bet here is that the home team will prevail over the wounded Cowboys.
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