Week 16: Redskins vs. Cowboys€

Barry Barnes €" WI Contributing Writer | 12/26/2009, 5:51 p.m.

The Washington Redskins are having an awful season, largely due to injuries (12 starters on IR €" injury reserve €" most in the NFL) and inconsistency in their play. The Redskins (4-10) are coming off of their worst lost of the season as they were embarrassed by their divisional foe, the New York Giants, 45-12, on Monday Night Football on Dec. 21.

The Burgundy and Gold will get their last chance of this NFL season to earn a victory in primetime on Sunday night, Dec. 27 at FedEx Field and if they can be triumphant, all will be forgiven by many Redskins fans, because it will be against the hated, Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins vs. Cowboys matchup will be their 100th meeting since 1960 with the Cowboys (9-5) having the upper hand, 59-39-2 in the series.€It€s another opportunity for us to go out there and show what we can do,€ said Redskins€ running back Rock Cartwright. €We have the Dallas Cowboys, one of our big rivals. A lot of fans out there want to see us get this one, so it will be good to go out there and get another opportunity.€

Despite Redskins€ defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth being sent home from practice by head coach Jim Zorn for disciplinary reasons, he is expected to play and will be needed. The Redskins are ranked 23nd in the league in rushing defense, allowing 117.2 yards per game. Last season against the Cowboys at FedEx Field, Cowboys€ running back Marion Barber bullied the Redskins€ defensive line for 114 yards, especially in the fourth quarter to get the win, 14-10.

The Cowboys are ranked 7th in rushing (129.7 per game) and beside Barber €the barbarian€, running back Felix Jones is always a big running play waiting to happen. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (who was out for Monday night€s game due to a shoulder injury) was limited in practice this week, as was along with defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery who practiced despite a bad hip.

€I suspect he€s going to be there. I do see him questionable. I think he€s progressing well,€ Zorn said of Griffin.

Defensive end Andre Carter (biceps) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) were also limited in practice this week.

The Cowboys are weak in pass coverage, ranking 21st in the league against the pass (232.2 per game), while the Redskins€ defense are ranked 5th at 194.1 per game. However, the Redskins often fall victim to giving up the big play. As for the Cowboys run defense, they are ranked 6th in the league, giving up an average of 97.7 yards per game.

Redskins€ offensive tackle Stephon Heyer practiced this week, and he will be called upon to help protect quarterback Jason Campbell, who has taken a beating all season long. Kickoff is set for 8:30p.m.