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Need to Know: Five Redskins who will be under pressure against the Cowboys


Need to Know: Five Redskins who will be under pressure against the Cowboys

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 17, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.


Today's schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, no media availability

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Ravens 22; Eagles @ Redskins 29

Five under pressure vs. the Cowboys

QB Kirk Cousins—Here he is atop the list again this week. He can’t afford a stumbling start like he had last year, not with the Redskins’ schedule dictating a fast start if they are going to be in the playoff hunt. Cousins wasn’t the reason they lost but he didn’t do much to lift up his team either. When you’re getting a $20 million salary and you want to make more, expectations are high.

C Kory Lichtensteiger—His job was threatened on multiple occasions during the offseason. On opening night he commits two false starts and is in the center of a line that couldn’t open up many holes in the running game. The veteran needs to have a mistake free game.

DE Chris Baker—As Baker goes, so goes the Redskins’ defensive line and they will need to have a good day against the Cowboys. Although the Dallas rushing attack sputtered somewhat against the Giants that line is too good and Ezekiel Elliott is too talent for anyone to relax.

ILB Will Compton—He will be calling defensive audibles while rookie QB Dak Prescott is making his call at the line. The Redskins want to see Prescott playing checkers while Compton is playing chess. Compton and the other linebackers also have to make sure they are solid against the run also. If Dallas gets it s running game going it won't matter who's handing off it Elliott and Alfred Morris.

CB Josh Norman—The Steelers debacle wasn’t on him, no matter how you slice it. But he needs to start showing that he is worth the sizable investment the Redskins made in him. When he is on Dez Bryant he needs to shut him down. When he isn’t on Bryant he needs to shut the other receiver down. And making a big play or two would certainly help things.

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Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ 27-10 win over the Raiders:

This was the Redskins best defensive performance since 1992. That was the last time they held an opponent to under 128 total yards. They were physical, smart, determined and they made plays. If not for two turnovers they would have had a shutout. Oakland did not cross the Washington 48 without the benefit of a gift. Just dominant. 

With a strong defense, you can do what you want to on offense. I asked Kirk Cousins how much running for a couple of yards a pop as Samaje Perine was doing early in the game helped the offense. He answered in part by saying that the offense can afford to run for a low average per carry when the defense is playing so well. That's true. A punt isn't a bad play when you are confident that you are likely to get the ball back three plays later. 

Chris Thompson just keeps getting better every week. His patience when he has the ball in his hands and his ability to burst into the opening when it's there are textbook excellent. Oh yeah, his open field speed, which he gets to show off after being patient and cutting, is also amazing. Even the smaller plays, like two near the end of the half, when he wove his way through the cracks in the defense and then got out of bounds after gaining everything he could, are fun to watch. He is the Redskins' offensive MVP so far. 

Doctson showed why the Redskins drafted him on one flash. Nobody is going to give Josh Doctson an MVP award but we did see his potential when he went up and took that deep pass away from David Amerson for the touchdown. Plays like that make you see why the Redskins drafted him in the first round and why they have been patient with him. He will need to develop consistency but in the meantime, splash plays like that help a lot.

It’s hard to find fault in this one. Normally in these posts, I try to find a positive in a loss and something to be critical of in a win. But it’s really hard to find much to be critical about in the immediate aftermath of this one. Jamison Crowder’s muff of a punt certainly was an issue and perhaps Samaje Perine could have made more out of the line’s blocking for him. But from the defense to Cousins to Thompson to Zach Brown to D.J. Swearinger and many more, it was as dominant a game as we’ve seen from this team in a while. Can they keep it up? Tune in next Monday from Arrowhead Stadium and we’ll find out.

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