By Will Strome of NFLWeather.com
Backed by their longest winning streak in 16 years, the Washington Redskins have positioned themselves into a winner-take-all showdown for the NFC East title against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night in Washington. This is very familiar territory for Tony Romo and the Cowboys, who are a combined 1-5 in six elimination games since Romo was named the team’s starter back in 2006. Dallas will look to turn their luck around when they head to FedEx Field, where they will be met by cold and windy weather.
RG3 looks to lead the Redskins into the postseason with a big-time effort on Sunday night football.
NFLWeather.com forecasts cloudy skies with lows near 29 degrees. Come kickoff, there will be winds averaging 16 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. If the wind picks up throughout the day, this weather could affect how often both teams go to the air.
After last week’s performance, the Cowboys need to get back on track in order to take home the division crown. Romo didn’t appear to be in sync with his young receivers and it wont get any easier in a hostile environment with gusts of wind affecting his accuracy down field. Head coach Jason Garrett might take this into account and focus on shorter drop backs along with pounding the ball with Demarco Murray. The Dallas offensive line has surrendered 34 sacks this season, which is something the Redskins will look to exploit where noise could be an issue.
On the other side of the ball, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to impress this season but it will be interesting to see how he does in a high-pressure game like this one. The high winds shouldn’t affect Griffin as much, given that he is known for his arm strength. The more options you have in bad weather, the better. According to NFLWeather.com’s Historical Analytics, the Redskins have not beaten the Cowboys in the month of December in the past three years.
Given Dallas’ track record, it’s going to be hard to overcome playing in bad conditions that work against the offense. However, the Cowboys have shown the ability to come back this season, which makes for an interesting matchup this Sunday Night in Washington.
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