Welcome back to "The Redskinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.
(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)
After a week off, back to work with Week 6.
Week 6 opponent: Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Game information: Sunday, Oct. 13 -- AT&T Stadium -- 8:30 p.m. -- NBC (right here on NBC4, to be exact, so you should definitely tune in).
Last week: The Redskins sat idle last week, while the Cowboys blew a 14-0 lead, fell behind 35-20, took a 41-38 lead and ultimately lost a 51-48 shootout to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. As one would expect by now, it took just one costly turnover by Tony Romo -- this time in the form of an underthrown interception -- to seal the Cowboys' fate.
What's the skinny?: Washington may have started 1-3, but the NFC East is so horrendous -- there are three teams in the NFL that have as many wins on their own as the NFC East does combined (five) -- that it is still very much in the race for the division title. Despite that 1-3 record, the Redskins are just one-half game behind the Cowboys and Eagles for first place.
That's really it. Makes you wish the Nationals played in a crappy division, huh?
Statistic Of The Week: Last week, Romo threw for 506 yards -- which set a franchise record -- but still lost. Actually, it was the fifth time in Romo's career that he threw for at least 400 yards, and the Cowboys have lost every single game that he has done so. The only quarterbacks in NFL history to have lost five such games are Carson Palmer, Drew Brees and Dan Marino.
(Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)
What The 'Skins Are Saying:
“It’s always a tough division but there’s always a lot of parity. I feel like there’s a different team winning the division almost every year. So it doesn’t really surprise me. You never feel like you have an easy week out in this division. It’s early. Nine-and-seven and 10-6 teams winning the Super Bowl is really not uncommon. So it’s not really about how you start. It’s about how you finish. And I think we’re ready to get rolling.”
What The Cowboys Are Saying:
"This is a moral victory. It's not a loser talking here. We can build off this. I feel as good as you could possibly feel at 2-3. We are going to win enough games to get where we want to be. And get knocking on the door to where we want to be. This was a moral victory today for us...Yes."
- Jerry Jones on Sunday's loss to the Broncos, not realizing that moral victories don't count in the standings
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