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By Jonathan Bales

Cowboys vs Redskins: Offensive Game Plan for Dallas

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I just published an offensive game plan for the Cowboys in their Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup with the Redskins.

Challenge the cornerbacks.

Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, and Cedric Griffin have all played poorly in 2012. Hall has allowed the lowest YPA of the three, but he’s still been average at 8.91 YPA. Opposing coordinators aren’t afraid of Hall anymore, targeting him more often than all but five cornerbacks in the league. Meanwhile, Wilson has given up 10.32 YPA and Griffin—the nickel cornerback—has yielded 11.29 YPA. In comparison, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, and Orlando Scandrick sit at 8.76 YPA, 8.57 YPA, and 5.45 YPA, respectively—all superior to Washington’s top cornerback.

As usual, it will come down to how much time the offensive line can provide Tony Romo. Look for Witten to stay in to block more than the five snaps he did last week in an effort to attack a cornerback trio that has allowed a collective passer rating of 98.9 to opposing quarterbacks.

Pound it up the middle.

Yesterday, I published a breakdown of the Cowboys’ running game that suggested they should rush the ball outside of the tackles more often. On Thursday, though, the Cowboys could actually have some success right up the middle. Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield is a heck of a pass-rusher, but he doesn’t hold up well against the run. His 2.2 percent tackle rate doesn’t compare to that of Jay Ratliff (5.2 percent) or even Josh Brent (4.3 percent).

Check out the entire game plan at Dallas Morning News.

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