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DeAngelo Hall pursues Jason Witten
The Redskins could lose the other four games to the Giants and the Eagles, as long as they sweep the Cowboys in 2012.
I kid, I kid. They want to sweep the NFC East, plain and simple.
Tony Romo is arguably the most mercurial quarterback in the game.
Unlike Eli Manning, who has come out of nowhere twice to defy every expectation set against him and his team, Romo can't seem to establish any consistency in his game and, as a consequence, has yet to add any new accolades to Jerry Jones' $1 billion house in Arlington.
Yet, Jason Garrett is bringing a new flavor of offense to Dallas and could have the Cowboys looking very dynamic in 2012.
Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are all back, and all three are dangerous with the ball in their hands.
Garrett is also implementing a bit of the Saints' philosophy into his system by getting the running backs far more involved in the passing game, namely DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma's all-time receiving leader for running backs.
There's also Bill Callahan to consider, who has recently been brought on board to school the offensive line and inject a stale Dallas offense with some West Coast flavor.
All told, Dallas will be looking to push a balanced passing attack with a variety of receiver sets and a heavy emphasis on route-running out of the backfield.
I think the Redskins D can hang, personally.
Romo will be more stationary in this offensive scheme, and that bodes well for the Redskins pass rush, as Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan can fly off the edge and disrupt the pocket.
The Washington linebackers are big and athletic, and if they can take away the edge, that means the Cowboys either pass vertically or run up the middle.
The Washington defense should be stingy against the run in 2012, which means the secondary needs to dominate in nickel and dime sets.
While the secondary is still a work in progress under new coordinator Raheem Morris, I expect enough work done up front to force Romo into making rushed decisions in the pocket. If that happens, even receivers as young and talented as Austin and Bryant will be hard-pressed to make big plays.
The Redskins held Tony Romo under 300 yards passing twice and sacked him seven times in 2011, and I see an even slimmer stat line for him in 2012 with a reloaded and more experienced unit on the field for the Redskins.
Out of the NFC East, I see the Redskins having their best day against Dallas in 2012.