We’re in late October now and the game kicks off in the afternoon so we’re sure to see those bad boys under the dark in our nation’s capital. Of course if the Cowboys end up losing this game we’ll hate the uniforms once more considering their history with this team, but let’s focus on positive thoughts here.
Speaking of positive thoughts, let’s take that idea to the end of the spectrum. Welcome to this week’s version of BTB’s bold predictions. Let’s dance, shall we?
Byron Jones records an interception at Washington... again
Last year the Dallas Cowboys iced their victory on the road in Washington with a Byron Jones interception that he took back to the house. It was the first score of Byron’s career and it came in a year where he wasn’t balling like the best cornerback in the league.
Jones is operating at an elite level and Alex Smith knows it, but unfortunately he hardly has anyone that can help him avoid it. This just feels like a game where Byron is supposed to dominate. Many have playfully referred to him as “the Senator”, well we are going to be in D.C. for goodness sake.
Ezekiel Elliott will match his 150 yards from Washington last season
While we’re looking back at 2017’s game in D.C. we might as well do it on the offensive side of the ball, too. The Cowboys road game against the Redskins last season was the highest yardage output that Ezekiel Elliott had on the season when he racked up 150 yards.
The Cowboys rode the wheels of Dak Prescott last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Redskins are well aware of that. At some point it’s going to have to come down to Zeke against a front seven that’s probably a little underrated, but that’s what Zeke does.
150 yards on the ground for Zeke, just a normal day at the office.
Chris Jones will do something magnificent that isn’t a punt
One of the more lethal weapons on the Cowboys these days is their punter Chris Jones. This is said in all seriousness and with different levels of definition as Jones is a great punter, runner, and tackler.
Division games can get a little interesting sometimes and it this one will likely be no different. If Dallas gets in a tricky situation there’s always the possibility that ‘ol number six can bail them out. Many thought that this would happen a few weeks ago against the Houston Texans which means one thing.
Chris Jones is overdue.
The Redskins won’t cross midfield in the first half
We’re at the point now where the idea of the Cowboys having a really good defense is no longer a hope but a reality. It’s apparent that one of the best defenses in the NFL this season belongs to America’s Team.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is hardly one who is going to take some deep shots. He’s known for checking things down and playing conservative to a degree, although he’s definitely capable of making some moves on the run, but the Cowboys will likely do a great job of containing him.
Look for a lot of Washington punts and as a result Cowboys fans’ smiles.
Brice Butler will have one of those long Brice Butler-like catches
Dallas was supposedly going to get Brice Butler involved in the passing game a few weeks ago, but those weeks have come and gone and we haven’t seen DJ Duffle do too much offensively. With Terrance Williams on injured reserve and suspended, Tavon Austin dealing with his own injury, and things stabilizing just a little bit at the receiver position... now might be the time for Brice to break out.
Receiver has been almost a battle of attrition for the Cowboys through six games. It’s one of those things that’s worked itself out, and now it’s time for Brice to work himself out to the tune of a catch over 20 yards.
Let’s make it happen.