The Washington Redskins are 2-0 after beating the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 which leaves us all wondering how good they really are.
Two wins at home are nice but now the Redskins will be tested as they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Dallas has been a house of horrors for the Redskins. In fact, the Skins have only beaten the Cowboys twice in their last ten trips to Dallas.
But this year the football gods may actually be favoring the Redskins. Here’s why:
(1) Tony Romo won’t be 100 %. Romo fractured a rib and suffered a punctured lung this Sunday against the 49ers and his status is questionable. If he plays, he’ll have a bulls-eye on his jersey according to Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Plus you have to wonder how effective Romo can be playing with sore ribs. Through two games he’s thrown for almost 700 yards but it’s hard to fathom him keeping up the place playing with a serious injury.
(2) The Cowboys are banged up. When the Redskins face Dallas on Monday night, the Cowboys will be without their starting running back Felix Jones (shoulder), starting wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and their starting center Phil Costa (injured right knee). They also may be without their other starting wide receiver Dez Bryant who was inactive versus San Francisco because of a bruised thigh.
(3) The Cowboys running game stinks. So far this season Dallas doesn’t have one run longer than ten yards. In fact, Dallas has gains of greater than four yards on just 13 of 48 rush attempts and more than half of their runs have been for two yards or less. This week Tashard Choice is likely to start in the backfield and he’s averaging just 1.1 yards/carry. Pathetic.
(4) Rex Grossman feels confident against Dallas. In 2010 Rex replaced Donovan McNubb in Dallas and completed 25 of 43 passes for 322 yards with 4 touchdowns. That gives Sexy Rexy some swagger.
Last season the Redskins did rally from a 20-point deficit in Dallas only to come up a field goal short. But this season may be different. The Skins are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2007 and if they win in Dallas they’ll be in a great position to contend for a playoff spot. Though I think Dallas is a more talented team than Washington overall, they may be ripe for the picking on Monday given all of their injuries. And if the Skins do get to 3-0, it’s going to get real fun.