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NFL Week 6 -- Wash. at Dallas
It might be 1-3 vs. 2-3, but this Sunday night game carries a little more weight, considering the names of the teams involved. But there's more than just history between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys; the NFC East title is up for grabs, with Dallas tied atop the division and Washington half a game back. The teams also enter in different places mentally, with the Cowboys losing a heartbreaker against Denver on Sunday and Washington coming off a win and a bye.
Power shift in the NFC East?
Before the season, experts and voters alike liked either the Washington Redskins or New York Giants to claim the NFC East title. Three weeks in, neither has won a game. Washington fell 27-20 to the Detroit Lions at home Sunday. The Giants were embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers 38-0. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys hammered the St. Louis Rams 31-7, meaning America's Team owns twice as many victories as the rest of its division combined. Will the current standings hold?
The Redskins are looking for answers to stop their losing streak, and Robert Griffin III thinks he's got one. Griffin said that he could run more, and considering the team hasn't called any designed runs for him this season, he may have a point. The risk, of course, is that his surgically-repaired knee might not yet be up to the burden of taking on more offensive responsibility, but part of Griffin's greatness is the fact he can make plays both in the air and on the ground. Take one of those elements away from him, and opposing teams have a much easier time keeping him contained.
Risk versus reward?
Griffin's running game is a weapon, but his long-term health could be at risk if he puts himself out there more than he already does.
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What's wrong with the Redskins?
Don't be fooled by that score -- the Washington Redskins were downright dominated in the Green Bay Packers' 38-20 home win Sunday. The Wisconsiners led 31-0 midway through the third quarter, and they took a 38-7 lead into the final 15 minutes. Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and four touchdowns, while James Starks ran for 132 yards and a score. Robert Griffin III, meanwhile, got hot late, but that couldn't make up for his first-half blahs (6-for-13, 107 yards). Washington now is 0-2 with a pair of awful opening halves. Needless to say, this is a worrisome development for a team many expected to win the NFC East.
NFL Week 2: Redskins at Packers
Week 1 did not go according to plan for this pair of playoff contenders. The Green Bay Packers lost -- rather controversially -- to the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. The Washington Redskins trailed the Philadelphia Eagles 33-7 before mounting a comeback, but one that came up short. Which team will drop into an 0-2 hole?