Jerry’s Cowboys must stop RG3 to reach the playoffs
It is the final Sunday of the year and the last day of the NFL’s regular season. At the end of the year, it is easy to begin focusing on the next year. NFL teams cannot get distracted by thoughts of next year or play with a complacent attitude in their season finales. These games will have implications for playoffs and home-field advantage. They will also impact the employment of players, coaches and staff. It is not how you begin, but how you end.
The NFC playoff picture is very murky. The Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins all have the potential to make the playoffs based on their performance and the performance of other teams. The Dallas Cowboys only have one option: Win.
America’s team must beat their archrival the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field to extend their season. This rivalry is intense, but this game is amplified because the winner assures itself a playoff berth. The game is so big that the NFL moved it to primetime, Sunday Night Football. The Redskins can lose and still make the playoffs if the Bears and Vikings lose. So, let’s focus on what the Cowboys need to do to win the NFC East.Dallas lost their first meeting with Washington because they could not stop the offense, mainly RG3 (Robert Griffin III). The rookie quarterback finished the game with 304 passing yards and four touchdowns. Luckily for Dallas, RG3 is coming off of a knee injury, so he may not run as much. However, Rob Ryan, the Cowboys defensive coordinator, must get his defense focused and find a way to effectively blitz and stop RG3.
On the offensive side, Tony Romo (quarterback) and Dez Bryant (wide receiver) have to connect and beat the Redskins secondary. Bryant is having a great season. He has over 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Last week he had 224 receiving yards against the New Orleans Saints. He will have to repeat that performance to push his team into the playoffs.
After 15 weeks of football, it all comes down to this for the Cowboys. As we close out the year, my message to Jerry Jones’ team is, “Finish strong.”
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins kicks-off tonight on NBC at 8:20 pm.