Rivals Clash In DC

Sunday’s NFC East battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins is looking to be a important early season game after both teams stumbled in their respective season openers.

The Cowboys will be looking for Ezekiel Elliot to provide a spark in a running attack that fell flat against the Giants last Sunday.  Elliot only rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries last week, a far cry from the production the Cowboys were looking for from their fourth overall draft pick.

“I don’t think there’s anything I did really well,” Elliot told ESPN.com. “ I gotta be more focused and more disciplined and focus on the little things.”

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott’s debut was good, if not efficient.  Prescott effectively led the offense downfield on his first three drives, but all three resulted in Dan Bailey field goals rather than touchdowns.

“We just have to settle for field goals, that’s 21 points that you’d rather have instead of nine.  I have some plays I want to re-do, I was prepared but we’ve got to get touchdowns in the redzone,” Prescott said after the loss.

Jay Gruden’s Washington Redskins will look to bounce back from a disappointing home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

The 38-16  loss was marred by a nonexistent running game.  Matt Jones was the Redskins leading rusher with a measly 24 yards on 7 carries.  “We’ve got to get our running game going to take some pressure off the quarterback, “ Gruden said.  “It needs to be the running game. We’ve got to make sure we stay balanced.”

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 343 yards on 43 attempts, but never was able to get the Redskins offense on track Monday night.  “If we can stay in favorable down and distances, we can run the ball, and I think all those things combined will help us have a much better performance,” said Cousins.

Sunday afternoon’s battle in DC will be an important step for one team back to .500, while the loser will fall into an early season 0-2 hole that fans and critics alike will be howling over.

Prediction Time:  Ezekiel Elliot has his first career 100 yard rushing day while also hitting paydirt again in the endzone.  Kirk Cousins returns to the form that made him a fantasy football sleeper last year, and throws for a couple of scores.  Dez Bryant will get behind the Washington secondary, and the “X” will get his first score of the season.  Dallas wins a close one, 27-24.

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I am a married father of 3 kids with a beautiful wife. When I'm not ripping and running to my daughters' cheerleading and baseball games, I'm teaching my 18-month old son how to throw a left handed slider. I'm an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers, the Dallas Cowboys (don't hate), and UNC basketball.