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Why RG3 and the Redskins Will Bury the Cowboys' Playoff Hopes on Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins eludes the tackle of Jason Babin #93 and  Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 22, 2012

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will put the nail in the proverbial coffin of the Dallas Cowboys' playoff hopes this Thanksgiving by running the ball into the teeth of the Cowboys' defense. 

The Cowboys, at 5-5, are only one game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East, and a win today would make things interesting—to say the least—in their division.

That's not going to happen, though, because the Redskins have the right personnel to exploit the 'Boys' weaknesses.

The Cleveland Browns exposed the Cowboys in Week 11, running the ball down the throat of the defense (119 yards on 33 carries) to set up the pass. It wasn't the first time a team had managed to pound away at the vaunted Cowboys' defense, either, and it almost garnered the underdogs an overtime victory.

The Seattle Seahawks chewed up the yards (182 on 44 carries) and the clock (34:39) back in Week 2, leading to an overwhelming 27-7 victory.

The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons both followed the same blueprint in Weeks 8 and 9, rushing for 103 (28 carries) and 123 yards (26 carries), respectively, with both teams coming away with victories.

The Redskins feature the No. 2 rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 165 yards a game. They have also rushed for 12 touchdowns on the season, tied with three other teams for the second-best mark in the league.

Rookie running back Alfred Morris, a sixth-round draft pick, has burst onto the scene this season to become one of the league's top running backs. He isn't particularly speedy in the open field, but his quick burst through the hole and exceptional vision and power has proven to be too much for defenses to handle. 

With him operating behind Griffin in the pistol, the duo have combined to rush for 1,482 yards and 12 touchdowns through 10 games, and the dual threat they present to opposing defenses has led to 11 runs of 20 yards or longer. 

And given the way Griffin can burn secondaries over the top with tremendous accuracy, the Redskins have one of the more potent offenses in the NFL. 

The 'Skins will control the clock with their rushing attack, taking shots downfield as the opportunities present themselves and keeping Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense off the field. 

Given the fact that DeMarco Murray is once again inactive and Felix Jones is going up against the NFL's No. 7-ranked run defense, you can be sure the Cowboys offense will become one-dimensional.

And when the Cowboys become one-dimensional on offense, Romo makes mistakes.

The Redskins will go into Dallas and silence the crowd. This game is tailor-made for the 'Skins to upset the Cowboys, and I predict the end score won't be as close as many expect. 

 

Prediction: Redskins win 27-17.

 

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