|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.5||1-2||0-3||18.7||8.7||317.7||(5.4)||0.0||18.0||12.3||314.0||(5.3)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||25.7||13.5||21.0||30:45||31-167||(5.3)||19-29||66.6%||213||(7.4)||60-380||(6.3)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.6||20.3||30:13||27-116||(4.3)||22-35||63.4%||239||(6.9)||62-355||(5.8)||(15.5)|
|Offense Road Games||25.4||16.2||21.6||31:55||32-165||(5.1)||20-31||66.0%||245||(8)||63-409||(6.5)||(16.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.4||12.6||22.1||29:15||23-95||(4.1)||25-40||61.7%||289||(7.2)||63-384||(6.1)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.3||12||20||30:13||26-113||(4.3)||22-35||61.8%||245||(6.9)||62-358||(5.8)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||27.8||13.8||22.0||28:05||20-93||(4.6)||25-40||62.3%||293||(7.4)||60-386||(6.4)||(13.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.4||0.9||1.0||12-4||30.1%||1-1||73.3%||2-53||(22.9)||2-16||(7.3)||9-73|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||38.5%||1-0||48.9%||3-66||(24.3)||23-2||(10)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.6||1.0||0.8||13-4||29.7%||2-1||87.5%||3-52||(19.8)||2-20||(8.4)||9-81|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9|| ||13-6||42.7%||1-0||57.1%||3-60||(23.2)||2-17||(6.7)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-1||58.2%||3-64||(23.8)||16-2||(8.2)||6-51|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||12-5||41.4%||1-1||75.0%||2-55||(22.8)||3-21||(8)||7-65|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||1-2||1-2||24.7||5.3||330.3||(5.7)||0.3||20.7||8.7||377.7||(5.9)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||21.1||7.0||21.3||32:06||23-83||(3.6)||27-40||67.8%||284||(7)||64-367||(5.8)||(17.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.2||11.1||19.8||30:23||27-113||(4.3)||22-36||62.1%||241||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(16.7)|
|Offense Home Games||20.2||6.7||24.5||33:10||19-40||(2.1)||34-51||66.7%||330||(6.5)||70-370||(5.3)||(18.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.4||10.6||17.6||28:47||27-107||(4)||19-31||61.8%||211||(6.9)||57-318||(5.6)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.4||11.1||19.6||30:50||27-113||(4.2)||20-34||60.0%||232||(6.8)||61-345||(5.7)||(14.7)|
|Defense Home Games||23.2||13.2||15.0||29:03||28-97||(3.4)||16-29||54.3%||185||(6.4)||57-282||(4.9)||(12.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0||-0.9||13-5||40.6%||1-0||62.5%||2-48||(21.9)||2-24||(11.1)||8-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.8||2||2.5||13-5||37.9%||1-0||46.2%||3-65||(22.8)||23-2||(10)||7-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||2.5||1.2||3.7||-2.2||13-5||35.8%||1-1||60.0%||2-52||(23.1)||2-19||(11.1)||7-54|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.4||0.7||1.1|| ||13-4||34.6%||1-1||60.0%||3-67||(21.6)||2-9||(5.4)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||36.8%||1-0||50.6%||3-70||(23.7)||18-2||(8.7)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.5||1.0||1.5|| ||14-5||33.3%||1-0||66.7%||3-51||(15.8)||2-15||(8.6)||8-67|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 20.2, DALLAS 21.8|
|9/30/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||24-22||W||2.5||W||44.5||O||30-160||26-35-314||0||18-80||24-39-293||1|
|10/21/2012||@ NY GIANTS||23-27||L||6||W||51.5||U||38-248||20-28-232||4||19-64||26-40-329||2|
|11/22/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/3/2012||NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/22/2012||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|WASHINGTON: The Redskins had to go away from the running game because they fell behind early and often last year, but their preference is to rely on their vaunted zone-blocking scheme. They generally settle on one feature back at the beginning of each game, but there's no guarantee who it will be week-to-week. Roy Helu enters the year as the heavy favorite for carries, followed by Tim Hightower and Evan Royster. All three are capable of playing three downs. Royster might be an option in the red zone later in the year, but at this point Helu and Hightower are the backs who have goal line experience. Robert Griffin III is an excellent fit in the passing game of head coach Mike and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. They want their quarterbacks to move around and throw on the run, and Griffin can do exactly that. Washington has shuffled its receiving corps. Santana Moss has a chance to be the No. 1 receiver by design, and he will move to the slot when they go three-wide. Pierre Garcon will stretch the field (Griffin threw a lot of deep balls at Baylor) with Leonard Hankerson a deep threat on the opposite side. Josh Morgan is likely the odd man out, especially since the Redskins will play a lot of two-TE sets. Because TE Fred Davis runs more WR routes, Helu could end up being Griffin's safety valve. The Shanahans love to put their quarterback on the move near the goal line too, and Griffin will have the option of a short pass or trying to punch it in himself. This will be a new-look defense with safeties LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe replaced by free agents Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson. Cedric Griffin also improves the DB unit. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are skilled pass rushers, but the Redskins face a tough schedule this season. Meanwhile, any thoughts last year that London Fletcher may be slowing down were erased by a big finish, in which he racked up 86 total tackles over the last seven games. Fletcher's heir apparent, perhaps as early as 2013, appears to be Perry Riley, who was great last season after earning a starting spot (63 total tackles over eight starts). One of two significant returnees to the secondary is DeJon Gomes, who proved to be a capable tackler with 28 total tackles in his five starts. He has the ability to play strong safety as well as nickel corner. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, meanwhile, is so overaggressive that opposing quarterbacks can't resist throwing at him. |
|DALLAS: Although new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan comes in with a reputation as one of the better zone blocking coaches, he does have experience coaching power schemes as well. The Cowboys have gotten younger and more athletic on the line, and they're capable of mixing in zone stuff, but don't expect wholesale changes in Callahan's first year. As far as the running back rotation, DeMarco Murray will take almost all the snaps on first and second down, while third down will likely belong to Felix Jones. This is still an aggressive Air Coryell offense. They worked out of a three-receiver base last year, though whether they do again will depend on the development of Kevin Ogletree as Laurent Robinson's replacement. It's a pick-your-poison offense of top-to-bottom reads, where Dez Bryant is often the first look. The double teams he drew are what opened up room for Robinson and Romo's security blanket from a year ago, tight end Jason Witten. Miles Austin still has a big role as well, as they'll put him in motion to create mismatches in the middle of the field. He'll slide to the slot when they play three WRs. The screen game is a weapon they use with some frequency, mostly when Felix Jones is on the field. The Cowboys are still pass-heavy in the red zone, where Dez Bryant is their preferred target. Austin also has a big role, and Witten is used on play-action near the goal line. The Cowboys know they need to improve on defense, and drafting the top DB in college, Morris Claiborne, was a good first step in the right direction. OLB DeMarcus Ware (19.5 sacks in 2011) will always keep Dallas near the top of the sack charts, and he was also second in the league in non-sack pressures (40.5 knockdowns and hurries). Sean Lee showed off some impressive ball skills in intercepting four passes from the linebacker position. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Redskins-Cowboys Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
The Dallas Cowboys pulled out a narrow win last weekend despite struggling to contain a couple of formidable rookies.
They figure to have their hands full again with Robert Griffin III coming to town.
The Cowboys, seeking a third consecutive victory overall and a seventh in eight meetings with the Washington Redskins, try to hold Griffin in check during this Thanksgiving showdown.
One week after beating Philadelphia 38-23, Dallas (5-5) climbed to within one game of NFC East-leading New York with Sunday's 23-20 overtime victory over Cleveland. Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, though, certainly made things difficult on the Cowboys, who trailed 13-0 at halftime and needed Dan Bailey's 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game into OT.
"We are going to enjoy this one for another 10 minutes or so and then get on to the Redskins," coach Jason Garrett said afterward.
Garrett knows his team faces quite a challenge in trying to slow down Griffin, who will play his first NFL game in his home state. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and former Baylor standout was nearly perfect Sunday, completing 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in a 31-6 rout of the Eagles, adding 12 carries for another 84 yards on the ground.
"(The Redskins) are certainly playing different offensive football than they've played in the past because of RG3 being their quarterback," Garrett told the Cowboys' official website. "We certainly have to do our best to get on top of what they're trying to get done. They've certainly been very impressive at different times and they do a variety of things, and we've got to make sure we can contain him."
Griffin, who ranks fifth in the league with a 101.0 passer rating, leads all quarterbacks with 613 rushing yards and six rushing TDs.
"I'm tired of talking about Robert," said Santana Moss, whose only reception Sunday went for a 61-yard score. "Nothing's going to change; Robert's going to go out there and be special. That's the gift that he has, he's a special guy. He brings that kind of 'specialness.' I don't know if that's a word, but he brings it to our offense."
Another impressive display from Griffin could help Washington (4-6), which has dropped three straight to Dallas by a combined eight points, break through. A win Thursday would move the Redskins into a second-place tie with the Cowboys.
"If we had lost (Sunday), we're going into (this) week with a whole different mindset of, hey, 'spoiler' - maybe fight to see if the stars align just right," Redskins guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. "But now we have a legitimate shot with the way this division is right now. There's definitely a belief right now."
Though Washington surrendered its lowest yardage total of the season (257) against the Eagles, it's still giving up an average of 383.8 to rank 26th in the league.
Already without defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker, things could get more difficult after safety Brandon Meriweather suffered a season-ending torn right ACL last weekend. The two-time Pro Bowler was making his season debut after missing the first nine games with sprained ligaments in his other knee. He had an interception and two pass deflections before exiting.
London Fletcher, meanwhile, is uncertain to be available due to a sprained ankle. The veteran linebacker has played in all 234 games during his 15-year career.
"Knowing London, he'll be back if possible," coach Mike Shanahan said.
Washington's depleted defensive unit could catch a break if Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith can't play. The No. 9 overall pick in last year's draft didn't practice Tuesday after suffering a high left ankle sprain against the Browns. Dallas could also be without centers Ryan Cook and Phil Costa.
While those offensive line issues contributed to Tony Romo being sacked a career-high seven times Sunday, the Cowboys may need to lean on their quarterback all the more with DeMarco Murray (foot) likely to miss a sixth straight game and Felix Jones (knee) banged up.
Aside from the sacks, Romo fared well against the Browns, completing 35 of 50 passes for 313 yards - including a 28-yard scoring strike to Dez Bryant, who hauled in 12 receptions for a career-high 145 yards.
Romo was picked off 13 times over his first seven games but has no interceptions in his last three. He's compiled an 8-1 record over his last nine November games while throwing 17 TDs and just three picks.
Dallas has gone 28-15-1 all-time on Thanksgiving, winning five of its last six. The Cowboys have taken all six Thanksgiving matchups against Washington.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:42:14 AM EST|