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Cowboys Try To Get Healthy At ‘Skins

Following a much-needed bye week, the Cowboys get to prove that they truly are the team everyone thought they were at the beginning of the season.  With Romo, Newman, Kosier and hopefully, Felix Jones returning to the lineup, maybe this team can get rolling again like in the first three games of the season when all were healthy and productive.

Not that going on the road against the 6-3 Redskins will be an easy task or that getting Romo back under center will solve all of their problems, but if they were to have a chance at salvaging the season, it must be now and it must be with Romo healthy.  The glaring weakness of this team was definitely exposed when Romo went down to injury after the Cardinals game, no backup QB capable of winning.  In fact, I predicted we would be 5-4 after the bye under the guidance of Brad Johnson, so I for one was not surprised at their 1-2 stretch with him.  What Dallas will do at backup QB remains to be seen, but I certainly wouldn’t expect Johnson to return next year.

While Romo has been away, Terrell Owens hasn’t been able to contribute much since Johnson couldn’t seem to get him the ball and the Cowboys acquired a new receiver in Roy Williams, who caught one touchdown pass but not much else either.  Now, these two will have someone who can get them the ball, so I look for the two of them to pick it up a notch or two. 

In the first meeting at Dallas, the defense was unable to stop Clinton Portis or Santana Moss on the way to a 26-24 loss.  It appears that this time around, Portis is not quite healthy and Moss’ status is still unclear and the Redskins have gotten themselves another big name CB in DeAngelo Hall.  The secondary of the Redskins is going to be severely challenged now that the Cowboys have the double threats of Owens/Williams.  The Cowboys defense showed that they are capable of stopping the run against Tampa Bay, but then fell flat again against the Giants.

This weekend, the team that makes the most big plays will win in yet another tough NFC East division battle.  I believe the now healthy ‘Boys have the edge in big playmakers, so therefore I predict a breakthrough win for the Cowboys in Washington (yes, I know it’s only Wednesday!); 34-20.

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