Redskins-Cowboys preview: Five alive, in the mix with six

Why one number pops up more than most when analyzing the Redskins heading into Monday's meeting with the Cowboys.

Five wins. Five-game home winning streak. Five-game losing streak to the New York Giants snapped. Five games left in the season. Five weeks left until the beginning of 2016.

 

One of those sentences has nothing to do with the Redskins win over the Giants. It's the second week in a row where this article started with a bunch of "five" references and it'll probably be the last, so soak it in.

 

Ok, here is the last "five" reference, you ready? Five straight home games where Kirk Cousins hasn't thrown an interception. Great, high-fives for everyone!

 

The Redskins dominated the Giants for most of the game, but the goofy Eli Manning almost pulled off another baffling comeback. It looked like Manning would get it done until the Skins offense iced it with a clock-killing drive, which is something Redskins fans aren't used to seeing because the Redskins usually don’t do it.

  

It's on to Monday Night Football against the Redskins most hated rival, the Dallas Cowboys, for the first of two meetings. Jerry Jones versus Dan Snyder, two of the most meddling owners in professional sports. Both have had a rough 2000s as owners as far as team success goes. But, who needs a successful product on the field when you’re a billionaire, right?

 

The last time the Cowboys came to FedEx Field they crushed the Skins 44-17 in the finale of the 2014 season. It was also the finale of Robert Griffin III’s stint as a starting quarterback in D.C.

DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant set single-season franchise records in rushing yards and receiving yards while they blew they pounded on the Burgundy and Gold.

 

Murray is obviously gone and struggling in Philly while Bryant is also having a miserable year in Dallas, but that’s due to Tony Romo being in and out of the emergency room.

 

Speaking of miserable, Matt Cassel will be starting again at quarterback this week and is 0-3 as a starter this season. Remember when Cassel was somehow supposed to save the Cowboys season and keep things together until Romo returned from injury? Life came at the Cowboys pretty fast.

 

Now, Cassel is playing to save his career as a backup quarterback because Romo returned and re-injured his clavicle on Thanksgiving, which more than likely puts him out for the year.

 

Here are some stats that probably don't matter, but could be used to get a discount at your local Starbucks (none of them are knowingly participating in this promotion by the way):

 

-      Dallas leads the all-time series 65-43-2

-       Dallas has won three of the last four

-       The Redskins are 28-36 all-time on Monday Night Football

-       The Redskins are 4-17 in primetime games since 2008

-       Kirk Cousins hasn’t gone consecutive games without throwing an interception this season

 

Looking around the NFC East, the Giants could be dropping their third straight game as they take on their stadium roommate, the New York Jets. And now the most disappointing team in Philly, the Eagles and their joke of a defense, take on the New England Patriots. It’s a very good chance three teams in the division could lose this week. 

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Jerry Jones will be in the pressbox thinking if he can somehow make a deal for RG3 at halftime.

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that a Cowboys fan and Redskins fan will drunkenly fight at FedEx Field at some point Monday night.

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that it would be pretty hilarious to see Greg Hardy cursing out his teammates and coaches again.

 

The Redskins have a chance to increase their slim division lead and also get their sixth straight home-win on Monday night. The only thing stopping them is Matt Cassel.

Talib Babb is a freelancer for CSNmidatlantic.com, producer for 106.7 The Fan, stand-up comic and Maryland native. You can find him on Twitter @talibbabb.

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