|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||2-1||26.0||11.3||383.0||(6.2)||1.0||25.7||13.3||428.7||(6.4)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||23.9||7.8||21.2||31:19||22-78||(3.5)||28-41||66.7%||302||(7.3)||64-380||(6)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.2||11.2||19.8||30:14||27-114||(4.3)||22-35||61.8%||239||(6.8)||62-353||(5.7)||(15.9)|
|Offense Road Games||21.4||7.6||19.3||31:13||26-103||(4)||23-35||67.1%||252||(7.3)||61-354||(5.8)||(16.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.8||12.7||19.5||29:40||26-115||(4.3)||21-33||63.2%||240||(7.3)||59-355||(6)||(14.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.7||12.1||19.9||30:07||27-117||(4.4)||21-35||60.9%||237||(6.9)||61-354||(5.8)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||21.4||9.4||19.3||28:47||25-117||(4.8)||21-32||65.5%||223||(7)||56-341||(6)||(15.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.7||-0.7||13-6||43.2%||1-1||72.7%||2-43||(20.9)||2-23||(11)||8-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.8||2.1||13-5||39.0%||1-0||47.4%||3-68||(23.1)||21-2||(9.7)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9||0.0||13-6||46.8%||0-0||66.7%||2-41||(20.6)||2-24||(10)||9-62|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.6||1.1|| ||13-5||39.8%||1-0||54.5%||3-66||(21.6)||2-18||(10.3)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||51.5%||3-70||(23.8)||20-2||(9.4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.4||0.4||0.9|| ||12-4||35.8%||1-1||57.1%||3-76||(25.3)||1-4||(2.9)||6-50|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.5||3-0||3-0||32.0||12.3||387.7||(6.2)||1.0||23.0||15.0||353.7||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||27.2||14.0||21.1||31:03||32-163||(5.1)||19-28||66.6%||222||(7.8)||60-385||(6.4)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.5||20.1||31:41||27-116||(4.2)||22-35||62.7%||240||(6.9)||62-356||(5.7)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||25.4||11.1||20.6||29:49||31-175||(5.6)||17-26||65.6%||189||(7.2)||57-364||(6.3)||(14.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.7||12.5||21.3||29:11||23-95||(4.2)||25-40||62.3%||288||(7.2)||63-383||(6.1)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23||11.4||19.8||30:48||26-110||(4.3)||22-36||61.0%||243||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||22.7||13.0||21.4||30:40||27-112||(4.1)||23-36||62.4%||268||(7.3)||64-379||(5.9)||(16.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.4||0.9||0.9||12-4||35.2%||1-1||70.6%||2-52||(23)||2-22||(10.1)||8-64|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.9||13-5||39.1%||1-0||46.5%||3-66||(23.2)||23-2||(10.1)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.4||0.4||0.9||0.9||11-4||33.3%||1-1||57.1%||2-52||(26)||2-26||(11.3)||8-64|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9|| ||13-6||43.6%||1-1||57.1%||3-78||(23.4)||2-16||(6.8)||7-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||51.7%||3-70||(23.8)||19-2||(9.4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7|| ||14-7||47.0%||0-0||33.3%||3-79||(24.2)||2-14||(5.9)||7-54|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 22.1, WASHINGTON 20.9|
|12/30/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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. |
|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. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DALLAS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cowboys-Redskins Preview* ==========================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
Buoyed by their longest win streak in 16 years, the Redskins have gotten into a winner-take-all game for the NFC East title.
It's a very familiar scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.
Rookie superstar Robert Griffin III already guided the Redskins past the Cowboys once this season, though the stakes are significantly higher Sunday night with the division crown on the line in the NFL regular-season finale at FedEx Field.
Washington (9-6) was struggling before this six-game win streak - its longest since a seven-game run in 1996 - put the Redskins into position for their first East title since 1999.
"Everything we've been working for comes back to this weekend, taking advantage of what we've done over the last six weeks," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It really doesn't mean anything unless we take advantage of our game versus Dallas."
Dallas (8-7) had a three-game win streak snapped last Sunday with a 34-31 overtime loss to New Orleans that Jerry Jones called a "tough way to have Christmas." But Jones and the Cowboys got an early present later in the day when the Giants lost in Baltimore, eliminating the defending Super Bowl champions from contention in the East.
Now the Cowboys must win on the road in Week 17 to earn the division title. It's exactly the same situation they faced last year when they fell to New York, which went on to win it all. They also lost at Philadelphia in the 2008 regular-season finale to miss the playoffs.
"When you get in, anything can happen," quarterback Tony Romo said. "I know that. We've seen that far too many times. We just need to do the right things to get in."
Containing Griffin won't be easy as the No. 2 overall pick showed in a 38-31 victory at Dallas on Thanksgiving. Griffin threw for 304 yards and three scores with 12 straight completions in one dazzling stretch.
That performance earned raves from Jones, who knows that his team must do a better job in the rematch.
"I'll say it again: I was awed with what he did to us in the second quarter out here in Cowboys Stadium," Jones said. "I certainly think that's the type of player we're playing against and team we're playing against."
Griffin has 20 touchdown passes to five interceptions to go along with six rushing scores, posting a 104.1 passer rating which ranks second in the NFL. Romo's 104.4 mark since the start of November ranks second-best and his 66.3 completion percentage this season is good for sixth, one spot behind Griffin (66.4).
Now Griffin will make his first Sunday night appearance in the biggest game of his young career.
"We're fresh into this rivalry but we can definitely sense how the fans feel, how some of the guys that have been here feel about the Cowboys and that's the mind-set we have to take on," Griffin said.
Griffin returned to start last Sunday's 27-20 victory at Philadelphia after sitting out with a sprained right knee the previous week when fellow rookie Kirk Cousins led Washington to victory in Cleveland. Griffin completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards, two scores and one interception while only carrying the ball twice for four yards.
He says his knee is healthier now.
"I'll be able to do more against the Cowboys than I was against Philly, but we'll see how that goes," he said.
Griffin isn't the only rookie the Cowboys have to worry about since running back Alfred Morris is fourth in the NFL with 1,413 yards on the ground. Morris carried 24 times for 113 yards and a TD in the first meeting.
Dallas played that contest without starting running back DeMarco Murray, who was sidelined by a sprained right foot. Murray has returned for the last four games and should boost a rushing attack that totaled 35 yards in the last matchup, causing Romo to match a career high with 62 pass attempts.
Romo has thrown for 1,328 yards, 10 TDs and one pick in four games since facing Washington. He's been aided by the emergence of Dez Bryant, who has scored in seven straight games with 10 TD receptions and 808 yards in that span. Bryant is second in the league with 12 TD catches.
Fellow receiver Miles Austin is also back after he exited the first meeting with a right hip strain suffered on the opening drive.
"I think that we are with a healthier Miles, and Dez with where he is with his maturation," Jones said. "I think we've got a better offensive line than what we had this time last year. I think we're better at corner as we go up there."
Dallas had dropped eight straight Sunday night games before a 38-33 home win over Philadelphia on Dec. 2. Washington is 4-1 at home since an eight-game slide at FedEx Field.
The Redskins could clinch a playoff berth before they take the field if Chicago and Minnesota lose earlier Sunday, but would still have the division title at stake. If both of those results don't happen, the loser of this game is out.
"I know the fans will make sure that the stadium's electric, it's really exciting and we'll definitely have a home-field advantage," said Griffin, who has six TD passes and no INTs in his last four home games.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:39:45 AM EST|