Redskins vs. Cowboys

Offensive player to watch: The right guard duo of Wilbert Brown and Tre Johnson. They'll face ultra-quick tackle La'Roi Glover, who has the ability to blow up running plays. The Redskins would be wise to try and overpower him behind Johnson, taking away Glover's best asset.

And keep an eye on: Receiver Rod Gardner. He's facing inexperienced corners and  has the size to make them pay. Also, with Darren Woodson out, the Cowboys are more vulnerable deep. Rookie Roy Williams does well against the pass, but Tony Dixon doesn't.

Defensive player to watch: Corner Rashad Bauman. He played ahead of Darrell Green last week even before Green was hurt.

And keep an eye on: Tackle Daryl Gardener. He'll face ex-Redskin Ross Tucker in a potential mismatch. And it's a matchup that Tucker was reminded of time and time again in the past week by ex-teammate, and friend, Alex Sulfsted.

Silly stats: Emmitt Smith has rushed for 100 or more yards 11 times against Washington, including in three of the last four games. . . . The only Redskins who beat Dallas while playing for Washington are Darrell Green, Stephen Davis and Tre Johnson. . . . Dallas receiver Joey Galloway averages 42.2 yards per touchdown catch.

How the Redskins can win: They must pressure Dallas quarterback Chad Hutchinson; given time, he'll pick the Redskins apart. But they must confuse him by mixing coverages. The front four must get penetration against a line plagued by inconsistency thanks to injuries. Offensively, Washington needs to run well enough to draw the safeties up. The Redskins can't be one-dimensional, or quarterback Danny Wuerffel will suffer. They must stay patient on the ground.

Signs of trouble: Dallas doesn't use eight in the box to stop the run. . . Danny Wuerffel is being pressured. . . Chad Hutchinson isn't. . . Emmitt Smith decides once more to prove himself to the country at Washington's expense.


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