Robert Griffin III and Redskins Will Take Advantage of Reeling Cowboys

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 13, 2013

Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Robert Griffin III will break out with his best game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys while leading the Washington Redskins to victory on Sunday Night Football.

RGIII's sophomore season has been challenging to say the least. Coming off his knee injury, he's been uncomfortable in the pocket and hasn't shown the same willingness to take off and run that made him so dynamic in 2012. 

He has also struggled to connect with his receivers on plays that were gimmes in his rookie campaign.

Chemistry has clearly been an issue, but that shouldn't surprise anyone, considering the second-year quarterback didn't play at all during preseason games.

That said, Griffin III has progressively improved from game to game. After throwing three interceptions in Week 1, he threw one in each of his next two before finally playing a turnover-free game in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

For the season, he's completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,202 passing yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions, and his fortunes are about to change for the better in Dallas on Sunday night.

The Cowboys haven't beaten a good team yet this season, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, while beating the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants

Monte Kiffin's defense has struggled badly against the pass this season, allowing more passing yards per game (326.4) than any team in the league besides the Broncos. Even worse, no team has allowed more passing touchdowns (14) than the Cowboys. 

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;  Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) scores a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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In Dallas' last two losses, the team's secondary has allowed 815 yards and seven touchdown passes to Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning.

Dallas' defense is reeling in the worst possible way. 

Mike and Kyle Shanahan have now had two weeks to prepare an effective game plan after Washington's Week 5 bye. They are looking to exploit every weakness the Cowboys have shown the past couple of weeks against San Diego and Denver—and there are more than a few.

Washington's roster needed the early break too. 

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:  Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins celebrates the Redskins first touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In addition to RGIII's knee, which has clearly not been 100 percent healthy this season, the Redskins entered the bye week with a few key injuries to skill-position players. Starting running back Alfred Morris and tight ends Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed were all suffering from various ailments.

But only Paulsen has been limited in practice this week, as noted by the team's official injury report, while the other three key players have been full participants in practice and are expected to play. 

The Redskins took both games against Dallas last year, and Washington comes into this game having already endured a hellish beginning to the 2013 season. After finally securing a win in Week 4 against the Raiders, this is a team ready for a second-half surge. 

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talks to his teammates before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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And it begins in Dallas in front of a national audience, as RGII will lead Washington to victory on Sunday Night Football


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