Media and fans alike in the nation's capital are painting such a picture of doom and gloom that it seems that the normal intensity reserved for such rivalry games will make no difference.
Running back Clinton Portis and wide receiver Santana Moss -- the two
most dangerous playmakers in Washington's arsenal -- are hobbled by
injuries. Quarterback Mark Brunell also has missed practice time with
a sore elbow, and if media reports and fan-driven websites can be
believed, not only is injured, but also old, slow, weak-armed and
nearly devoid of any recognizable football skill.
Redskins fans might believe the world is ending soon. Washington
media wonks might believe Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs has
forgotten everything he once knew about the game. Many seem to think
that owner Daniel Snyder feels he owns a fantasy football team.
Perceptions of the fans and media can't be controlled. But the
Cowboys don't believe for a second that the Redskins are nearly as
incompetent as their 2-5 record might suggest.
The Cowboys, however, believe the reports of the Redskins' demise are
"They'll be ready," defensive end Chris Canty said. "Those guys
(Moss, Portis, Brunell, etc.) -- they'll be in there. I expect them
to play, and play well. They're coming off a bye week, so they've had
time to heal up.
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