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The magic number for the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East is two! That would be great if there was more than just one week left in the season Womens Emmitt Smith Jersey , but as fate would have it - it’s all got to happen this week. A Cowboys victory combined with a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles means bonus football in what would be such a Cowboys-way to squeak into the playoffs.For that to happen, the Cowboys have to take care of business against the Washington Redskins. The good news is that the Redskins have the second-worst record in the NFL and are positioned to have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as long as they don’t do something stupid like beat Dallas on Sunday. Washington has lost at least four straight games two different times this season, and they can make it three times if they lose to the Cowboys on Sunday.Here are five things to be mindful of when the Cowboys host the Redskins in the season finale.1. Scoreboard watchingYou have to go back 14 years the last time the Cowboys had to rely on another team to help them get into the playoffs. On Sunday, fans will be pulling double duty not only watching the Cowboys game, but keeping a close eye on what’s going on in the Eagles/Giants matchup.Some might question why the Giants would risk messing up their draft position in a meaningless Week 17 game; however, that question would’ve better served for the 2-11 team a couple weeks ago before they won two straight. The Giants are playing good football right now as both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley came away with FedEx weekly Air and Ground awards for last Sunday. And to make it even better, we don’t even have to root for Eli Manning this time around. For this week only, go Giants!2. It’s all on Dak’s shoulderIt may seem like deja vu all over, but once again - the shoulder of the Cowboys star quarterback makes this list. All reports say that he’s fine, yet he didn’t practice at all last week and he struggled mightily against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.So, here we are again. Prescott is still not practicing as he continues to rest the shoulder, but one has to wonder if he is physically able to lead his team to victory. It’s one thing to give him the benefit of the doubt and just trust he’ll be okay against the Eagles, but now after a miserable performance - when is enough enough? Is it possible we see Cooper Rush in this one?The Redskins have put up two straight 350+ yard performances where they are averaging 31 points per game. If Washington’s offense keeps it going, the Cowboys offense better be prepared to keep up. They’re not going to beat the Redskins with just field goals.3. What kind of Redskins offense will we see?Last week Emmitt Smith Jersey , the Cowboys defense squared off against a banged up Eagles offense that featured several key players missing. While they held them to 17 points, they still had trouble getting off the field as Philadelphia churned out 431 yards on the Cowboys defense, which was the second-most yards allowed all season.Similarly, the Redskins will be without their top receiver, rookie Terry McLaurin, who has 58 catches (leads all rookies) for 919 yards (second for rookies), and seven touchdowns (tied for first for rookies). Not only is McLaurin out, but the team is shutting down rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins after he suffered an ankle injury last week. Haskins was just starting to string together some good games as he’s coming off of two straight multi-touchdown performances without throwing a pick. The Redskins will turn to veteran Case Keenum on Sunday. The Redskins offense is ranked 31st in both points scored and yards gained, so on paper - it looks like they are going to have a tough time moving the ball. But they are coming off their best offensive performance, scoring a season-high 35 points. The Cowboys defense at times has a tendency to bring out the best in their opponent, so we shouldn’t take this Redskins offense lightly. Washington will be leaning on their rookie receiving corps to attack through the air. That may not seem too threatening, but considering what the Eagles pulled off last week with so much less, who knows how this will go down.4. Back to the Zeke/Pollard showThe Redskins have a middling pass defense that is very similar to Philadelphia. There are definitely plays to be made in the passing game for the Cowboys if they are up to the task of making them.But unlike the Eagles, the Redskins are terrible at stopping the run. The Eagles are third-best in the league Emmitt Smith Jersey White , which made things challenging for the Cowboys to get the ground attack going. The Redskins allow 141 yards per game on the ground which is the fourth-worst in the NFL this season.Last week, the Eagles challenged Dak to beat them, and the Cowboys quarterback failed miserably. There is nothing like a strong running game to serve as a quarterback’s best friend. The Cowboys churned out 263 yards against the Los Angeles Rams when both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Look for Dallas to attack on the ground and don’t be surprised if this dynamic duo put up big numbers once again.5. The last hurrah?Should this be the final game of the 2019 season, it could mark the end for many players in a Cowboys uniform. There are several players in the final year of their contracts and considering how much money will be tied up in their star players, you’d have to imagine many of these players will be moving on elsewhere.Defensive linemen Robert Quinn, Michael Bennett, and Maliek Collins will most likely find more money somewhere else. The team also could lose several members of their secondary as Byron Jones, Anthony Brown, and Jeff Heath all have expiring contracts.It’s been nice to have these guys on the roster and it’s really a shame they couldn’t do more with them. It’s unclear who stays and who goes, but rest assured - careers in Dallas will be ending shortly for many players.What will you be watching on Sunday? Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions.So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader."I lined up in the slot. I was excited," said Elliott, who was face-to-face with leading Detroit tackler Jarrad Davis. "I was excited. I got them one-on-one with me. He made a perfect throw. One pass, we won the game."Prescott's 34-yard toss on a deep throw to his star running back set up Brett Maher's 38-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Cowboys to a 26-24 victory Sunday and once again spoiling Matthew Stafford's homecoming.Maher's fourth field goal came after Elliott got a step or so behind Davis and made an over-the-shoulder catch on his way to a career-best 240 all-purpose yards. Elliott had 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving Womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , also highlighted by a 38-yard touchdown on a screen in the second quarter."Anywhere you got him the ball, anywhere he had the ball in his hands, he was dominating the game and setting the tone, from the screens to the check-downs to that last play right there," Prescott said. "It was just a dominating performance for him."The winning play came after Stafford had put the Lions (1-3) in front with 2:17 remaining on a 38-yard touchdown to Golden Tate , their second TD connection of the day.The best day of the season for a previously struggling Dallas offense 鈥?414 yards 鈥?handed Stafford his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys (2-2), seven years after his only win in his first trip to AT&T Stadium. The former Dallas-area high school star threw for 307 yards."I would much rather be the guy with the ball last," said Stafford, who lost a playoff game in his hometown almost four years ago. "But I think all of our players on defense are probably sitting out there going, 'I want to be out there to make the stop.' That's just what we do."Trailing 20-10, Stafford led the Lions 75 yards to rookie Kerryon Johnson's first career touchdown , an 8-yard run that started a back-and-fourth final quarter. Johnson ran 32 yards on the first play of the game and finished with 55 yards.After the Cowboys settled for Maher's third field goal on an 85-yard drive, Stafford found Tate for 35 yards into Dallas territory before Tate easily beat zone coverage down the sideline and strutted toward the end zone, just as he had on a 45-yard score in the first quarter.Prescott had an answer while throwing for at least 200 yards for the first time this season. The Dallas quarterback saved the final drive by picking up his fumble when he was hit on the arm and scrambling before throwing the ball out of bounds.Prescott then converted a third down and two plays later hit Elliott in stride on the decisive play. The Cowboys killed the clock to set up Maher Michael Gallup Jersey , the kicker they chose over Dan Bailey 鈥?the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history 鈥?at the end of the preseason in a cost-cutting move."My craft is same every time I step on the field, no matter what," said Maher, who has made all eight kicks since missing the first of his NFL career in an opening loss at Carolina. "I was going out there trying to be 1 for 1 again."Elliott had a season-high 25 carries for his 152 yards, and Prescott was 17 of 27 for 255 yards with two touchdowns, including tight end Geoff Swaim's first career score .Stafford was 24 of 30 with the two scores to Tate, who had eight catches for 132 yards.ROUGHING THE PASSERThe touchdown screen to Elliott was set up by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Romeo Okwara. The question was whether the whistle had blown when he hit Prescott, who was trying to escape pressure when he stumbled out of an attempted tackle and went to a knee. Prescott popped up but had stopped moving, anticipating that he was down, when Okwara knocked him to the ground.CAREER FIRSTDallas receiver Terrance Williams was a healthy scratch for the first time in his six-year career. The Cowboys have struggled for consistency with their pass catchers in the first season without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. They have seven receivers on the 53-man roster. Williams was the odd man out this week, and was a no-show at practice Friday.SACK MASTERDeMarcus Lawrence matched his career high with three sacks after Stafford came in having been brought down just three times combined in the first three games. Those were all three Dallas sacks. Lawrence has at least half a sack in all four games and 5陆 for the season.INJURIESLions: RG T.J. Lang didn't return after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter.Cowboys: DT Antwaun Woods left in the first half with a calf injury. Woods was questionable before the game because of a groin injury.UP NEXTLions: Green Bay at home next Sunday.Cowboys: At Houston next Sunday.
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