Washington Redskins Must Take Advantage of Wide-Open Division

Washington Redskins Must Take Advantage of Wide-Open Division

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The Washington Redskins have to be wondering how they got so lucky. The team has played dismal football this season, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. However, they are only one game back of first place in the NFC East. There is no question the Redskins must immediately take advantage of the wide-open division beginning Sunday night.

Washington will take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in a matchup that should not disappoint. Obviously, the Redskins will have their work cut out for them considering the Cowboys almost defeated the Denver Broncos in a shootout that consisted of the second-highest score in NFL history. The good news is Washington is more than capable of putting up big-time points, even if they have yet to show it this season.

Even though Washington is in awe of the jaw-dropping numbers Tony Romo put up on Sunday, there are in no way caught up in it. The focus is strictly on what it will take to defeat Dallas in order to take control of the division, assuming the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Regardless, a win over the Cowboys would be a huge step in the right direction.

“It’s really crazy. In this league you don’t get those opportunities,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said, according to Redskins.com. “For us to be blessed with this opportunity, not playing good football at all and we are talking about playing for first place or being a half game/game out of first place–we have a lot to play for.”

Washington’s biggest concern has to be stopping Romo and the lethal air attack. The signal caller did put up 506 passing yards and five touchdowns against the worst pass defense in the NFL. However, the Redskins are not much better at defending the pass as they have surrendered 298.3 yards per game through the air. The good news is Robert Griffin III has been able to sling it this season and the Cowboys have the second-worst pass defense in the league.


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