Cowboys vs. Redskins Preview

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This Thanksgiving the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins at 4:25 on FOX. The Cowboys are playing their annual Thanksgiving game and it is sure to be a good one.

Why you should watch: It’s Thanksgiving! In addition to giving thanks, being with family and friends, it is a day to relax and enjoy some NFL football, as this is the one day of the year there should be games on Thursday night. In addition, Redskins vs. Cowboys is one of the best and most storied rivalry in the history of the NFL. If you’re still not convinced, the Cowboys have a chance to pull within a half game of the Giants in the NFC East. If you’re STILL not convinced, RGIII is pretty fun to watch.

What to watch for: It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys can contain Robert Griffin III, as he has terrorized defenses all year. Just as recently as Sunday, he had a perfect passer rating in a dissection of the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for four touchdowns and only missed one pass all game. Demarcus Ware and the defense have their work cut out for him, and one of the most important aspects of this game is whether or not the Cowboys can slow him down. Jay Ratliff will have to have a big game, and the linebackers will have to step up to make sure they can keep RGIII inside and not allow him to get to the open field, where he is most dangerous.

Key matchups: As I detailed yesterday, the Cowboys will have to get better offensive line play if they want to win this game. That will be the key matchup again today. If the Cowboys offensive line can control Barry Cofield, Ryan Kerrigan and co. they will be able to take advantage of a beat up and extremely vulnerable Redskins secondary. Washington has given up several big plays this year and has been picked apart in almost every game (with the exception being last week against Nick Foles). Tony Romo will be able to exploit his matchups on the outside if he is given enough time. This will be a very important factor in today’s game.

The Pick: Cowboys take this one 31-17 as Tony Romo takes advantage of Washington’s porous defense. Without any respectable running game, Romo will have to step up and out-duel RGIII, who will have to face a much tougher defense than Romo will. The Cowboys could even throw in a defensive score to put some serious pressure on the Giants.

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