NOTES: Dallas at Washington

A Cowboys win tonight would be their fourth straight opening-day victory, the longest streak since 1983-1986.

It would also up the Cowboys' streak against the Redskins to four games.

--A Cowboys win would also continue a streak of decade-opening wins. They won the first game of a new decade in 1970, 1980 and 1990.

--The Cowboys are doing extra work in the film room preparing for the Redskins because they have a new coach, Mike Shanahan, a new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, and a new defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett. As a result the Cowboys have looked at tape of at least four teams. They have looked at Shanahan's old teams in Denver. They have studied what Kyle Shanahan did when he was the coordinator at Houston last year. They have also looked at what Haslett did when he was the coordinator with the Steelers in the 1990s. And they have looked at the Redskins from last year to study the personnel because the majority of Washington's players are the same.

--Former Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol has done such a good job turning David Buehler from a kickoff specialist to a full-time kicker that the Cowboys have asked him to stick around for the season.

Boniol was hired in the offseason mainly as a consultant to work with Buehler. His future past the preseason was initially unclear.

But even though Buehler had such a strong training camp and preseason, making 10 of 11 field-goal attempts, there is some concern how he will do in the regular season after he has a miss or two.

The Cowboys believe it's in their best interest to keep Boniol close to the situation. If nothing else, Buehler is comfortable with him and it gives him a confidant on game day.

--Former track star Teddy Williams, who joined the team as a long-term cornerback project in training camp, will cross train at receiver as a member of the Cowboys' eight-man practice squad.

Williams didn't play football in college, but he played a little receiver in high school. The Cowboys were pleased with how quickly he picked up some of the cornerback techniques despite never having played the position.

But it only makes sense for them to give him a look at receiver. With his size and world-class speed, he could potentially be a game-changer at that position.

BY THE NUMBERS: 59 -- Dallas wins over Washington, the most victories over any other team in the league.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "No matter what you do in preseason, there's another level. It's another step up. Focus is better, concentration is better, enthusiasm is better. You try to make it that way in preseason so you can get better and better, but the season is upon us. Gentlemen, start your engines." -- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips.

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