1. Jason Taylor is hurt.
It's really hard to imagine Taylor being ready even for the Philadelphia game. We're not a doctor and no one has told us that, but when you're dealing with an incision, it can take a little time to heal. This is worse than what Khary Campbell dealt with, so it makes sense it would take Taylor more time. But he's also considered a fast healer.
2. Shawn Springs.
The veteran corner is off to an excellent start. He is still a top corner, he can cover in the slot and he can drop to safety. Some wonder if he should be moved to safety permanently, but I would resist that move. His skills haven't diminished at corner, so why move him? Instead, let the offense guess where he's at, making it harder for the QB to read coverages.
3. Demetric Evans.
He's nearly 45 pounds heavier than Taylor, so that should help the Redskins against the run. He'll shift inside on passing downs with Chris Wilson entering as the nickel rush end. Erasmus James still isn't strong enough for the Redskins liking, but he will be active Sunday. Wilson has speed, but he's not explosive.
4. The rivalry.
The players understand what this game means. Some, like Pete Kendall, will say that it's only September, but enough players know that this game means a little more in Washington. It's still a fun game, especially for those who were around in the 1970s and ‘80s. However, the Redskins have lost 11 of their last 12 in Dallas. Imagine the buzz in Washington if they were to win Sunday. They would also be taken seriously; and they wouldn't need their GM out front pushing their message on the radio. The Ws would take care of that. Funny how that works.
5. NFC East.
The Redskins could end up being one of the better teams in the NFC – and sill miss the playoffs. Ask Philly about that very scenario; the Eagles went through it last year. However, all the Redskins need to do is stay close. One injury could change everything for a team ahead of them. It's clear they're No. 4 in this division right now. But there's not a wide gap, so the margin for error for any team right ahead of them is small.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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