The Washington offense will be short handed in their important division game on Sunday.
"Definitely with their O-line, their running game is something that definitely jumps off on film", linebacker Mason Foster said.
Dallas entered the week ranked No. 2 as a team in rushing, averaging 147.5 yards per game and 5.1 per carry. Newton was the Panthers' leading rusher when they had just 81 yards on the ground. "When [injured running back] Chris Thompson gets back, we'll try to lighten the load a little", Gruden said.
He acknowledged that his team's offense is not doing almost as much as its defense when it comes to giving the Cowboys a chance to win, particularly in away games. The Redskins must do a better job up front of handling Dallas' stunts and twists along the defensive line.
As every Washington football fan knows - steeped in pain as they are for the past quarter century - there are only two kinds of luck that the Redskins can not overcome: good luck and bad luck.
"They won the battle today ... and now we're starting to whoop some tail". We don't have to worry about them. Therefore, we believe we have identified five players whose play could improve drastically in the second half of the year.
Redskins are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. "We needed it", Gruden said. Prescott was trying to get to the first-down marker on a third-down run, and he didn't slide at the end of the play.
Payne has been every bit of what coaches expected, but he can't stop Elliott by himself.
Joe Looney's play at center has been good enough to pave the way for Elliott's 586 rushing yards so far, second to Todd Gurley at 623 yards, but his ability to call checks for the offense is understandably much more limited.
That's what Gruden wants to hear, putting the emphasis on gang-tackling a running back who doesn't go down easily.
He ran 10 times for only 13 yards in the first half, his second-fewest total through two quarters in his pro career. Washington seeks its third consecutive home victory after it downed the Carolina Panthers, 23-17, last week, while the Cowboys are seeking their first two-game winning streak of the season and head to FedEx Field with momentum following a 40-7 drubbing of the Jaguars. Swearinger said they allow him and the linebackers to play more freely. The Redskins plan to hold a moment of silence for longtime reporter Rich Tandler, who died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 63.
The Cowboys hope to continue a trend that has seen the road team dominate this series.