A Week 16 NFC East showdown features a clash between one of the worst teams in the NFL and one of the worst-finishing teams in the NFL—the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. For Washington, it'll be a continued showcase for backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. For Dallas, it's a must-win game if it hopes to keep pace with the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
The Redskins generally fare slightly better in the second round of their season series against their old rival. Since 2000, Washington has won its second seasonal game with the Cowboys five out of 13 times, and its first game four out of 14 times.
That being said, there's no indicator as to who will win this game based on those statistics.
While the Redskins have only won three games, they've shown their valor in spots—the most impressive of which was a Week 9 victory over the still-alive San Diego Chargers.
Though the Cowboys are in reasonable position to possibly secure a playoff spot, there have been numerous occasions where they've looked like the worst team in the league.
Cousins looks to follow up a career game against the Atlanta Falcons with more of the same against a Dallas pass defense that's giving up an NFL-worst 297 yards per game.
Because of the playoff implications for the Cowboys, as well as the compelling soap opera that is the Washington Redskins and this historic rivalry, this is a highly anticipated game.
Here's what Twitter has said this week about the Redskins and Cowboys.
From the Redskins' official Twitter feed:
Redskins Beat Reporter Grant Paulsen:
Fletcher says "what better way to end it" than to have one more strong home game and "beat the Dallas Cowboys." Thanked #Redskins fans.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 18, 2013
The Cowboys are in the same position every year... Win the last game or last two games to go to the playoffs... Will Tony Romo EVER do it?— Stephen Wythe (@Swythe97) December 19, 2013
Mike Shanahan: I'm not resigning, RGIII "clearly" our starting quarterback http://t.co/3ozHfv5m71— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 16, 2013
And Grantland's Bill Simmons:
Bargnani takes the dumbest shot in eons, game goes to double OT, Bargnani starts double OT. I think Mike Woodson is pulling a Shanahan.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 19, 2013
The future of the Redskins is unclear, regardless of whether or not they beat Dallas.
Washington is losing a significant leader in retiring middle linebacker London Fletcher, per Chris Burke's SI.com report, and the future of Mike Shanahan and the rest of the coaching staff is unclear.
What's more, the Redskins aren't even in possession of a first-round pick—that would likely end up being a top-three pick—because it was traded away in an effort to secure Robert Griffin III.
The future of Griffin and Cousins is also unclear. Popular opinion supports the notion of Cousins being traded after the season and Griffin returning as a full-time starter, but it's hard to say whether or not this coaching staff will be in favor of that after the next two weeks. And it's really hard to predict Griffin's future if Shanahan were to get fired after this season.
The Redskins travel to the Meadowlands following the Dallas game for a division finale against the floundering New York Giants, and for a desperately needed win.
Prediction: Cowboys 35, Redskins 24
Unless otherwise mentioned, all stats were gathered via Pro-football-reference.com