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Breaking Down the Cowboys Matchup with the Skins

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Is there any game this weekend with more question marks that the one that will be played Sunday night in DC?  One of the best and most heated matchups will take place in the Nations Capital, as the Redskins will look to get back on track vs a team that is just about in a must win – the Cowboys.  The Boys are coming off a big loss to the Giants before their bye, while the Skins are smarting as they fell on Monday night two weeks ago against the Steelers.

The Cowboys lost to the Skins in week four, and just have not been the same since.  They were 3-0, and looked like they would challenge the best in the NFC for a shot at the Super Bowl.  Now at 5-4, they are in extreme danger of being on the outside looking in of the playoffs with a loss Sunday night.  With a win, and they are tied with the Skins at 6-4 and things look at least a little brighter.

The way things seem to be lining up, they likely will hvae to win at least five of their last seven to even sniff the playoffs, so a loss to the Skins would not be a good thing.  On the other hand, Washington feels that the Steelers loss was a bump in the road and they will be able to get on track vs a Dallas team trying to get back to health.

Tony Romo will be back in the lineup for the Cowboys, and how he plays may very well be the key to this game.  He has not played in a few weeks, and his line is going to have to hold up their end and protect their QB and not allow a Skins pass rush which isn’t all that great to begin with to get in there and beat on the franchise QB.

The run game for the Cowboys would help, and if they can get Marion Barber going that would be a great help.  Also a good game by Jason Witten, who has a fractured rib, would be a big key as well.  The issues all the way around is counting on these guys trying to come back from injury is easier said than done.

Not that the Skins don’t have injury woes of their own.  Clinton Portis is banged up, and his ground game is key to the Skins success.  Jim Zorn said the back is 50-50 for the game this week, and if he does not go, it could be up to Shaun Alexander to carry the load.  The Cowboys will look to make the Skins a one-trick pony and have them throw a lot with the pressure then being on Jason Campbell.

There are a lot of question marks on both sides for this one, which makes it all the more interesting.  The Skins seem to have a little more going on their end, with or without the play of Portis.  As for Dallas, another loss and Jerry Jones may have a breakdown.  The Skins will pull this one out, winning by three.

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