Dak Prescott leads the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team this upcoming Sunday. Washington has struggled defensively all season despite being a preseason defensive powerhouse. The Cowboys have struggled offensively but showed glimpses of their early-season potential. Dallas needs Prescott to have a big game against this weak passing defense to secure the NFC East before the rematch in a few weeks.
Washington is riding a 4 game win steak into Sunday's Showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. The two teams play twice in next 3 weeks.
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Dak Prescott Leads Dallas Cowboys Offense Against Washington Football Team
Dallas Leans on Prescott Once Again
Prescott and the Cowboys have struggled as of late thanks to a slew of injuries and a small COVID-19 outbreak. Dallas dominated the New Orleans Saints in an impressive win last Thursday behind a group effort offensively. Prescott is the leader of this team and will have to show out for the Cowboys to control this game from the start.
Ezekiel Elliott’s health has been in question lately. The star running back avoided surgery and should be able to finish the season after a short rest stint. In the meantime, Tony Pollard will fill in as the team’s primary ball carrier. The Cowboys offense is finally healthy outside of Elliott. The Cowboys enjoyed the return of Tyron Smith and look forward to getting Amari Cooper back on track following his stint on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Washington’s defense has struggled all season long. Dallas should be looking forward to this matchup after several tough weeks against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos. Prescott is the key to leading the Cowboys past this divisional foe to secure the NFC East. If Dallas wants to move past Washington, Prescott will have to lead the offense complimented by the run game with Pollard.
Washington’s Late-Season Push
Washington has made a great late-season push winning their last four games in a row. They have defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Las Vegas Raiders. Taylor Heinicke has been good during this past stretch. The offense has been slow at times, but efficient in crunch time. This late-season push is similar to last season when Washington made the playoffs and nearly defeated the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
FROM 2-6 TO 6-6
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Antonio Gibson in Line for a Big Day
After J.D. McKissic’s injury, Antonio Gibson has emerged as a volume hog in the Washington backfield. Dallas has been great against the run this season, however, Gibson has had it in for Dallas since his rookie season last year. In two games Gibson rushed for 243 yards and four touchdowns to defeat Dallas twice in 2020, both without Prescott or a healthy defense. Despite returning Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas will have their hands full with this second-year phenom looking to take the NFC East running back throne.
Washington has been without Chase Young since tearing his ACL and without Montez Sweat since fracturing his jaw. These two premier pass rushers serve a great loss for Washington. The former NFC East champion thrives on rushing the passer, but without their best two edge weapons have struggled defensively all season. Without a pass rush, the secondary has played on an island and struggled mightily. Prescott and this passing attack will look to take advantage of the last of pass rush and poor secondary to score early and often in this divisional showdown.
Prescott’s Leadership is Key to Cowboys Victory
Dallas has struggled as of late and looks to bounce back against a divisional foe. Prescott can take control of the NFC East against Washington in the next several weeks by defeating Washington twice. Dallas will have to shut down Gibson and Heinicke in order to defeat Washington, but Prescott and the passing attack are the keys to taking control of the NFC East.
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