The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their track meet with the Denver Broncos, get their first crack at redemption against the Washington Redskins this Sunday night. RGIII rolls into town looking to replicate a performance for the ages from last year's Thanksgiving Day debacle.
These two teams are responsible for one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports, and this week's contest should hold true to form. The Redskins enter the game with a 1-3 record and fresh off a bye week, and the Cowboys will be looking to get back to the .500 mark at 3-3.
The implications of this game suddenly become huge for both teams not only in the division, but in the entire NFC landscape. The Cowboys, losers of three games marked mostly by self-inflicted wounds, will look to continue their offensive explosion by utilizing all of their weapons.
A loss like the Cowboys just experienced could have very polar effects. On one hand, the offense could have been awakened by self-discovery, and a sign of good things to come, but conversely, a gut-punching loss could easily cause an offensive hangover. God knows this team can't rely on their defense right now.
So how will the Cowboys avenge last weekend's loss, rebound and be ready for RGIII?
The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle, but it's obvious which side of the ball will have to be the catalyst in a victory. The correct answer has two parts, and that is the Cowboys have no choice but to move on from last week and be ready, and Jason Garrett needs to keep this team focused in its preparation.
Because, like it or not, bad knee or not, the Redskins and RGIII will be ready to play, they are well within striking distance in the NFC East, and Mike Shannahan most definitely has a blueprint on how to exploit the Cowboys defense. In fact, the whole world figured that one out.
If Dallas is the team they want to be, then it's time to use last week's loss as fuel for an NFC East foe. Let's look at how this game will go down.