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Weather forecast
Expect some cold weather on Sunday with a high of 39 degrees. Since it's a late afternoon game, the temperature could be down-right frigid. Chance of precipitation is only 20% and the winds should only be 8 MPH, so besides the cold, the elements shouldn't play an important role.

Redskins injury update
LB LaVar Arrington (thigh) did not practice on Thursday along with CB's Shawn Springs (groin), Walt Harris (calf) and Carlos Rogers (biceps). LT Chris Samuels returned to practice on Thursday.

Santana Moss
After Santana Moss lit up Dallas in the fourth quarter in Week 2, he did the same to a few other defenses. Things have changed for him recently as defenses are lining up a safety on his side of the field. He's predicting Dallas will do the same.

"That's what other teams have been doing the last few weeks, so they might as well join the bunch," Moss said. "It comes into play when you do what you did early in the season, and you get that attention."

Dr. Z talks Cowboys
Dallas will go 2-1 for the rest of the year and finish with a wild card slot, according to Dr. Z.  
The Cowboys' Drew Bledsoe will have the advantage of an injury-riddled Redskin secondary this weekend, and he'll throw for about a fifth of a mile, or four blocks, as Dallas takes a division biggie and just about ends the Skins' hopes, which will mathematically end the following week against the Giants. Carolina, locked in an NFC South struggle with Tampa Bay, will beat the Boys in Charlotte, but Dallas will sew up a wild card spot at 10-6 with a home victory over St. Louis in the finale.

Classic Redskins stat of the day
The Redskins will be trying to sweep Dallas for the first time since 1995 and the third time overall. The Cowboys have swept the Redskins 14 times.

Run defense leaking
A long article over at discusses our suddenly shaky run defense. Some very interesting points about personnel decisions are examined. Below is the money graf:

Since returning from the bye week, which fell exactly in the middle of the season, the Cowboys run defense hasn't been the same. They allowed a season-high 181 yards to the Eagles, including 86 to Westbrook. They gave up 144 to the Broncos, although 55 came in overtime on Ron Dayne's run which led to the game-winning field goal. Then the Giants rushed for 127 yards and the Chiefs totaled 161 last week.

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