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By Jonathan Bales

Cowboys vs Redskins: 3 Things to Watch

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I apologize for the lack of updates in the past day or two. In addition celebrating Festivus, I’ve also been traveling. I’ll try to keep the posts coming for the rest of the week, but feel free to head directly to DallasCowboys.com, NBC, and Dallas Morning News to read my game previews.

Earlier today at NBC, I posted three things to watch for Dallas versus Washington.

Will Rob Ryan blitz Robert Griffin III?

When we discuss whether or not a defensive coordinator will blitz a quarterback, we normally assume a certain level of blitzing as a baseline. While the Cowboys obviously can’t simply sit back in the same defense all night against the Redskins, this game could be the closest we see a Cowboys defense come to truly not blitzing.

Rob Ryan dialed up only seven blitzes in the teams’ first matchup, and RGIII absolutely torched him. Actually, Griffin currently owns the best single-season passer rating against the blitz in the history of the NFL. Yeah, ever. Against 91 blitzes this year, the rookie has completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 1,028 yards, 11.3 YPA, 11 touchdowns, and one interception—good for a 141.8 passer rating. If the Cowboys find themselves in a position where they’re forced to blitz to try to create turnovers, they’re going to be in trouble.

Read it all at NBC.

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