Califan007 The Constipated Posted July 21, 2011 Share Posted July 21, 2011 http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=BECA64BF-E345-3B78-D7D0F87A86624401 Game 3 write up: Storylines: NFC East play begins - A day before the Cowboys and Redskins square off, Philadelphia will host the New York Giants in the first week of matchups among divisional foes. In most years, the team that does the best against its divisional opponents is the one that wins the NFC East, so it'll be important for everyone involved to get off to a good start.... •State of the rivalry - Cowboys-Redskins has been among the preeminent feuds in all of sports in the past, but the hatred seems to have faded and each team's slip from regular championship contention has taken away the spotlight even though they've played many close games of late. It might only take one particularly hard-fought contest to turn the rivalry tide, however. •Home Opener - In the midst of a losing season, the Cowboys saw a drop in game attendance last season. While the cross-town Mavericks and Rangers have thrived, the NFL has been mired in its longest work stoppage ever this year. How will local fans react when the game returns to town - both in the form of their attendance and willingness to vocally support the home team at critical junctures of play? Match-Up Worth Watching: Blocking Brian Orakpo - In the Week 1 meeting between these teams last year, Orakpo's dominance of fill-in right tackle Alex Barron had a great deal to do with the outcome. Whether or not rookie Tyron Smith, the Cowboys assumed right-side starter, will fair any better could provide a look into the future of this twice-annual series. One To Remember: The Cowboys and Redskins have split their 14-game series on Monday Night Football 7-7, and many of the games have featured two very good teams. However, both clubs had hit rock bottom when they met at Texas Stadium in Week 5 of the 2001 season. Each came in at 0-4, with the Cowboys in rebuilding mode following the retirement of Troy Aikman. Two inept offenses struggled to put up points all night, yet Washington was driving in Cowboys territory and preparing to salt the game away when running back Stephen Davis fumbled with 2:47 left to play. Greg Ellis pounced on the ball, and the Cowboys put together a 59-yard drive that began with completions from Anthony Wright to Darren Chiaverini and Rocket Ismail and ended with four runs by Emmitt Smith and another by Troy Hambrick, setting up Tim Seder for a 26-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights as time expired, giving the Cowboys a 9-7 victory. ************************** http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=1BC0BCC6-D158-273B-0F394AB4FC9D8E07 Game 10 write up: Storylines: •Shanahan's stamp. The 2010 season was a forgettable start to the Mike Shanahan era. Can he restore order to the Redskins' storied but struggling franchise? We'll have a better idea by the time these fierce division rivals meet for the second time in 2011. Both teams finished 6-10 last season. One thing seems certain: quarterback Donovan McNabb won't be wearing maroon. •Beware the bizarre. Odd things seem to happen on the road against the Redskins. Last year, turnovers and a last-second holding penalty cost the Cowboys, 13-7. In 2006, a blocked game-winning field goal attempt and subsequent facemask penalty set up the Redskins' own winning field goal as time expired. The Cowboys have to stay fundamentally sound, because history shows they can lose to Washington in the weirdest ways. Match-Up Worth Watching: Defending the tight ends. The Cowboys' Jason Witten and the Redskins' Chris Cooley present matchup problems for both sets of linebackers and safeties. In last December's home win over Washington, Witten had 10 catches for 140 yards and one touchdown and became the fastest tight end ever to 600 career catches. Cooley had 11 catches for 142 yards and one touchdown in two meetings last year. Both are excellent pass-catching tight ends; too fast for most linebackers, too big for most safeties. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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