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Don't get me wrong. Dez Bryant is one of the best receivers in all of football. He presents the dynamic threat that defenses must prepare for and respect.
But Dez against the Redskins isn't necessarily the same Dez against everyone else.
Again, we rely on some box score digging.
Over the course of his career, Bryant has played in five games against the Redskins. In four of those games, Bryant has 19 catches for 258 yards and a score. That's an average of five catches for 64 yards and no score per contest.
In his other game against the Redskins—last year on Thanksgiving Day—Bryant hauled in eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. A notable outlier to say the least.
But before his 85-yard touchdown, Bryant was "limited" to seven catches for 60 yards and one score on Turkey Day last year. Another notable sub-outlier, if you will.
Point is, Bryant isn't as poisonous as most think. Against most teams? Yes. Bryant is lethal. But against the Redskins, he's yet to prove himself as a consistent Washington killer.
Redskins fans can also rest assure that DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins best corner, will take on primary duties of making sure Bryant doesn't break loose.
Hall has had success in covering Bryant in the past, and the receiver's 85-yard touchdown from a year ago happened to occur when Hall wasn't on him.
While I wouldn't suggest scratching Bryant from your fantasy lineup this week (or ever), it's the other Dallas receivers who come off most threatening to the Redskins this Sunday night. Guys like rookie Terrance Williams, slot worker Cole Beasley and veteran tight end Jason Witten all pose threats against a porous Washington secondary. And if Miles Austin is good enough to play following a troublesome hamstring, you can add him to the bunch as well.
Bryant will garner the most attention in most games, as he should. But given the Redskins' track record against Bryant—in addition to a quarterback like Romo who can extend plays, find receivers and throw with accuracy on the run—it'll be the receivers alongside Dez who pose the biggest threat come Sunday night.
For what it's worth, I like D-Hall and the Redskins' chances in limiting Bryant this week to, say, six catches for 80 yards and no touchdowns.