The Washington Redskins (5-6) are trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season as they host the Dallas Cowboys (3-8) in an NFC East faceoff on Monday Night football.
Washington is 5-6 but after a win against the New York Giants last Sunday they sit in first place in the NFC East. Their chances of making the post season are hopeful as they close the season against four teams with losing records. In fact, the Redskins have the easiest slate among NFC contenders with their opponents having a combined win percentage of .364 entering this weekend.
The Redskins have won five straight games at FedEx Field. A big reason for Washington’s success at home has been the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins has thrown no interceptions and 10 touchdowns in the home winning streak. The Cowboys game will be Cousins’ fourth prime time game.
With starting quarterback Tony Romo out with a re-injured collarbone, the Cowboys are 0-7 this season in games not started by their franchise quarterback. Dallas sits at its worst record through 11 games since 2001. Although they are still a contender for a playoff spot, the prospect of the Cowboys making a come back to win the division is very small. The Cowboys are in last place in the division.
Dallas will look to back up quarterback Matt Cassel for the win. Cassel will get his second run as Romo’s replacement and what could help him most is wide receiver Dez Bryant. For the first time since the opening week of the season, Bryant was able to practice twice during the week.
The Cowboys haven’t proven they can win a single game without Romo this year. The Redskins are at home, they are more healthy and the odds for this game are not in the Cowboys favor.
Kick off for the Cowboys and Redskins game is set for 8:30 p.m.