Redskins vs. Cowboys: Defense Will Continue To Fail Washington

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 22, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins yells at the officials against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins may have demolished the reeling Philadelphia Eagles last week, but they won't have the same success against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12.

Dallas and Washington both have offenses that can put up points this season. The difference is, Dallas has a top-15 defense while Washington is giving up 25.4 points per game, 25th in the NFL.

The fact of the matter is, the Redskins generally have to score a lot of points to win ball games this season, unless they face an ailing offense like the Eagles' unit.

Dallas has been inconsistent this season, but the defense has normally come to play. The Cowboys had some slip-ups against the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens since the bye in Week 6, but the Giants and Ravens are also averaging 26.7 points per game, tied for seventh in the NFL.

Before the 31-6 victory over Nick Foles and the Eagles last week, the fewest points the Redskins had allowed was 21 points against the Carolina Panthers. Defense has been a problem for Washington all season long and a good game against a rookie quarterback and a dysfunctional organization doesn't change anything.

While DeMarco Murray is still out for the Cowboys, they should be able to score enough points with the passing game and Felix Jones against the Redskins, which tells you something about the Redskins' defense this season.

Dallas scored 38 points against the Eagles two weeks ago without Murray.

As inconsistent as the 5-5 Cowboys have been this season, they still have the firepower to knock off the Redskins on Thanksgiving.

While the Redskins have an up-and-coming young quarterback in Robert Griffin III, a defensive unit that was supposed to be up-and-coming has vanished.

Washington won't win a lot of games until its defense improves.


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